The Anchoress has an utterly fantastic post about Obama and the Oil Spill (please read her posting). It seems that when Chris 'I have a thrill going up my leg' Matthews realizes that having a bunch of academic "those who can, do; those who can't teach' folks in charge at the White House (and Congress, don't want to leave them out), then when the chips are down, nothing gets done. The quote of the day from the mouth of Matthews himself:
“. . . this idiotic cerebral meritocracy has got to step aside and let the people who do things take over…”
Congress and Obama have been so busy grabbing power and trying to control the world, that they didn't realize (or maybe they did and are just that dumb) that by regulating EVERYTHING, then NOTHING can get done. When you set a bunch of regulatory flaming hoops in front of people who are trying to react in a crisis then you slow down the response and the crisis gets worse.
I'm not cutting BP any slack on this--I'm sure that some delay in actually dealing with the situation was because they were trying to salvage the well and I'm hearing rumors that they might have insisted on actions that caused this clusterfuck in the first place. But it did happen and the federal government has once again proven themselves unworthy and incapable of fast reaction due to overregulation/control grabbing/statism.
This is a problem with statism--the people there have their hands tied and the people 'in charge' are too far removed from the problem so it becomes an intellectual exercise rather than a crisis.
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