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  •  that 'can do' thing (0+ / 0-)

    is kinda what triggered this whole thought line. Otherwise clear minded people in my own circle just refused to believe that there might literally be nothing anyone can do short of a relief well (August, maybe). Digging a little exposed some flawed assumptions about our power structure. Most folks phrase it something like: "how could BP be allowed to do something for which there is no fix?".
    *It's pretty clear nobody allowed BP to do anything. It's not that kind of relationship.
    *A large corporation is a machine, not a person who may be thwarted by conscience, fear or guilt. It therefore will do anything it can to fulfill it's function, including work to beat back any restrictions like taxation or regulation. It becomes dangerous when it accomplishes that task. * There are many, many corporate activities ongoing for which there is no fix in case of a mishap. It's not that kind of government anymore, if it ever was.

    The "can do" of the people working out there in the Gulf better be at least as good as advertised, or we will be pondering very different societal issues in the next months and years.

    The Republican Party will never die until there is a new political home for racists.

    by kamarvt on Wed May 26, 2010 at 01:03:43 PM PDT

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    •  Well, the government doesn't have to always .... (1+ / 0-)
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      have to be proactive but has to be reactive in a way that begins the process of solving the problem at hand in the best way possible, assure the people (even if it's not a democracy) that their interests will be minded, and that a process begins so that the gov't and other institutions can begin to get a grip on the complex problems we face. I think the current gov't has been weak in all those areas.

      Still you have a good point.

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