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  •  Cheney gutted regulations... (16+ / 0-)

    And Obama Admin has been too busy elsewhere.  McConnell is trying to pin this on the Administration, instead of BP and Cheney...

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:04:31 AM PDT

    •  Salazar's job to put MMS back on track (6+ / 0-)

      Salazar has failed in his duty to the country and to his President.  He knew or should have known (and it is impossible to imagine how he could not have known) that the MMS was corrupt and deeply dysfunctional.  Yet, there is no evidence that he took the steps needed to put it back on track - to change the culture and conduct of his subordinates.  Accountability now includes both the Bush/Cheney piece, resignations and firings down the line, and more than a little bit of Salazar's hide.  

      •  Too busy prancing around in his cowboy hat. (2+ / 0-)
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        Trying to look like a macho mythical figure, than actually doing his fucking job.  

        The United States: A wholly owned subsidiary of British Petroleum.

        by Beelzebud on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:35:49 AM PDT

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      •  He did know ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... he promised to clean MMS up upon taking over, then did absolutely nothing.

        The man's a tool.

      •  How long does it take? (0+ / 0-)

        We know that the Bush Administration was an epic failure.  There was clean up in every department, on every front, in even the smallest corners of government.  

        The question is, at what point is Obama held responsible for not cleaning up the mess?  If MMS was the only problem, I would say that he is responsible after 1 month.  But it is not the only problem.

        The other question is, how do we hold him accountable?  Is there someone interested in bringing back the Republicans?  Can I get a show of hands?  Someone interested in primary opposition to Obama?

        •  We know where the buck stops, but when matters (0+ / 0-)

          The responsibility is ultimately Obama's, but the day to day operation requires delegation.  Neither he nor his staff can or should try to know what is happening in each office everywhere - even with offices as notoriously bad as MMS.  So far, it is Salazar's screw up.  Every administration, good and bad, has subordinates that screw up.  What separates good administrations from bad administrations is what they do when they find out that someone has made a substantial mess of their job.  If there is a "heck of a job" moment, then Obama becomes directly blameworthy.  

    •  If government is to blame (0+ / 0-)

      it is a lack thereof, not an excess.  

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      by hillgiant on Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:12:04 AM PDT

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