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Hypocrisy: The Right and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Posted by Anthony on June 15, 2010

For years and years, faux conservatives in the Republican Party have touted fiscal responsibility. Reagan boasted about tax cuts and government inefficiency, but exploded the US defense budget. He may be praised by a large majority of conservatives, but Reagan was not a fiscal conservative at all. Bush was a mess of epic proportions.

Conservatives, in general, abide by the idea that the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. Therefore, with smaller, limited government, the citizens can do more. States can operate, for the most part, with little help from the federal government. So why are they giving Obama hell for the oil spill?

It took eight weeks for Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal to order the National Guard to build miles of barriers along coastal waters to prevent oil from seeping into the marshes and land. Eight weeks? It should have taken eight days. Why wait for what BP has to say? Why wait for what the federal government has to say? Just do it!

As for the constant cries from conservatives, that Obama do something, he is in his own world right now. He has no experience handling disasters, and should be pressed on that. But to demand that he do something is irritating, because had he done something, you damn well know conservatives would be telling him to back off. But here, you are asking for more government! No matter what he does, the Right will screw him for it. This would have been a perfect opportunity for conservatives to show that they can create their own solutions without help from Obama. Instead, they stamp their feet on the ground, waiting for the solutions to come to them. And that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

In this situation, we have a clueless President stumbling for an answer. His arrogant statements of “plug the damn hole!” are exciting to the sheep in the media, but frustrating to the people. Then we have the proponents of limited government, demanding more government help. Such is life in politics.

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