Obama speech demonstrates that "never let a crisis go to waste" is the credo his administration lives by

Obama’s speech last night that was allegedly going to be addressing the status and progress on the Gulf oil spill turned, as I suspected it would, into a policy speech designed to start lining up support for his legislation taxing energy. He and his advisors clearly think the only thing on the minds of the American public is whether BP is going to pay for the damages. That and whether our federal government is going to open up a can of righteous whoop-ass on them, of course. After all, Captain Kickass is in the driver’s seat, right?

What amazes me about this demonstration of the Obama administration credo, “never let a serious crisis go to waste” (Rahm Emanuel, Feb. 2009), is the fact they can’t grasp the notion that when my house is on fire, my 1st thought isn’t whether the insurance company is going to pay for this. It’s about putting out the damned fire! If he wants to press for his agenda on energy, as I’m sure he does, he needs to do so in a more appropriate venue. Meaning: there is no relationship between stopping this spill and implementing cap-and-trade. None. Any suggestion, explicit or implicit by way of speaking of them in the same breath, that they are is dead wrong.

It has done both topics a disservice, by trivializing the Gulf spill into a prop to move part of their grand social agenda, for one, and linking our nation’s energy policy to a disaster every common Joe can see isn’t related. It has created resistance where none was called for and, once again, polarized a debate. Clueless, Mr. President. That was clueless. To make matters even worse, it was a pitch so completely devoid of any detail about how he wanted to accomplish any of these things that even his normal cheerleading squad over at MSNBC was busting his chops about it. And when the President’s lost Olbermann and Matthews, for cryin’ out loud…


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