Have you been thinking about the Deepwater blowout?

Almost everyday, we read that the people working on the Deepwater rig were aware of the problems which resulted in the death of 11 workers. BP knew at least 11 months before the blowout of the potential problems – but money was more important than lives or environmental catastrophe.

Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig

WASHINGTON — Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week.

The problems involved the well casing and the blowout preventer, which are considered critical pieces in the chain of events that led to the disaster on the rig.

The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of “well control.” And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.

Many on the right are casting blame on the Obama Administration – NOW, because he and his ‘czars’ failed to ‘properly supervise’ the operations of British Petroleum. These are the same people who have for thirty years and more told us that “government can’t do anything”, “government should just get out of the way and let the free market take care of it” – whatever ‘it’ might be. These are the same pundits and TV talking heads and political blowhards who have extolled the virtues of the free market – the same babblers who have claimed that government regulation does nothing for the American public but raise costs and provide jobs to those unable to work in the ‘real’ economy.

I conclude with the following from John Cole’s blog, Balloon Juice – until 2008, Mr Cole was counted amongst the more influential rightwing bloggers, as one of the more thoughtful on that side of the political spectrum but his ability to see things clearly, without the goggles of Truth(tm), finally showed him the error of his ways and he switched to the side of Light and Understanding.

I am seriously worried for the United States. I’m beginning to think that the predictive qualities of Idiocracy will outstrip Nostradamus, the Bible and the Mayans.

Look, I know that we face many difficult challenges. A lot of things have gone wrong and more will go wrong. This is to be expected because Republicans have been in charge for most of the last four decades.

Do you really think that you could have Anti-Government Republicans in charge for 30 plus years and actively working to destroy the infrastructure of government without causing system failures? If you do, then you are living in candy land (or a tea infused lotus dream).

The oil spill in the gulf is is just another result of snorting deregulation fairy dust with a Markets-Are-God hi-ball chaser night after night for decades. When you let industry capture regulators and dismantle effective governance, you guarantee a catastrophic failure. The spill is evidence of this, so was that mining disaster in West Virginia, same thing when it comes to that financial meltdown and the same thing will be true when the next system fails.

And when it does, like idiots, we will not blame the failed philosophy of the modern Conservative movement. Nope, we will blame President Obama, liberals and Democrats—because that is what we are used to doing. More than that, we will ignore facts and worry whether or not the optics of the response are right. We will all ask: is we yelling loud enough yet?

I am still fine with a President that seeks to work in the reality base world and one that seeks to understand complex situations before sprouting off. I know this will disappoint those who think we can send frogmen a mile below the surface of the ocean to seal the leak with Popeye-like ingenuity and cartoon magic. I also know that this lack of Cross-Fire urgency and hyperbole from President Obama has given Mr. Matlin (and many of his DC beltway pals) the vapors. Poor babies and poor us because these wankers are framing the debate.

I listen to the things these so-called “smart” pundit people say and I am amazed. Hypocrisy, spin, bullshit and deep magical thinking are all that is offered—and of course people buy into it.

Without the spill, does anybody think that the effort to reform the way the oil industry was regulated would have gotten any support? I don’t think so, but now everybody seems to think that in hindsight it should have been job one. At the very least they think that Obama should live down to their idea about what an angry negro President should look like.

So – are you willing to drop your goggles of Truth(tm) and actually look at the results of ‘free market’ thinking? By the way, what is being defined as ‘free market’ by the right isn’t really free.

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