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  •  and the R's will go crazy (4+ / 0-)

    blaming this on Obama just as they have done since he was elected. But that won't fix the leak either.

    •  it won't work for them either, they (1+ / 0-)
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      will succeed in compounding the rage within those who have already been duped into thinking his quite centrist positions are wild-eyed socialism  - but the bulk of the population aren't going to buy into the blame Obama nonsense when it comes to the gusher.

      It's another example of their blind opposition to his very existence as president shooting themselves in their own feet.

      wherin we share a community blog for common goals for humanity.

      by worldforallpeopleorg on Sun May 30, 2010 at 08:12:23 AM PDT

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    •  It's Obama's fault the way Katrina was Bush's (2+ / 0-)
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      He didn't cause the hurricane any more than Obama caused the leak, but both were responsible for the aftermaths.

      That's what it means to have your desk in the nice office.

      Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

      by dinotrac on Sun May 30, 2010 at 08:17:18 AM PDT

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      •  Well (2+ / 0-)
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        There was huge difference the Government could have prevented the worse part of Katrina, and it was an announced catastrophe.

        Arizona is the meth lab of democracy

        by Iberian on Sun May 30, 2010 at 08:27:40 AM PDT

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      •  This isn't the aftermath. (2+ / 0-)
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        We aren't even in the aftermath of this crisis yet. We're in the "math" of it. It is still happening. No one was blaming President Bush for the hurricane or for anything that happened while the hurricane was raging, expecting him to stop it as it moved across the state.

        The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was bungled in a very real way, especially considering it was not so far out of the realm of things that had happened before. Hurricane relief has been a reality for a long time, even on a large scale. This was bigger but the relief is not fundamentally different in principle.

        An oil spill like this simply hasn't happened before. It's not just about scale; it's about engineering a solution that has never been considered before. We don't know how exactly to stop it in the timeliest fashion. Neither President Obama, nor BP, nor ANYONE, knows for sure what the best thing to do is here.

      •  Aftermath of Katrina (0+ / 0-)

        People drowned in their attics.
        People died waiting for help.

        In America, we did not have enough helicopters to rescue families from their rooftops? Really?

        Gallons of bottled water and ice never got to the survivors. Why?

        Why were people raped and murdered waiting for rescue? Where was the Marshall Law?

        Old folks died in hospitals and homes because no one came....days AFTER the storm.

        The Katrina response was the worst. There is no explaining away how badly it was handled. It was very
        different from this oil spill.

        "How can I tell you everything that is in my heart. Impossible to begin. Enough. No. Begin." Maira Kalman from The Principles of Uncertainty

        by orphanpower on Sun May 30, 2010 at 10:03:31 AM PDT

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      •  Katrina comparison is off the mark (0+ / 0-)

        This self-conscious effort to find some sort of specious "both sides" balance between the incompetence of the Bushies and the Obama administration.

        At this risk of falling into the same trap, any writer or reporter or pundit [ or blogger ] who uses this ridiculous line -- it's their Katrina. Totally incompetent.

        We bailed out the banks screw ups  and now we have to bail out BP's screw ups.

        After Katrina the folks of New Orleans were on their own.

        From Bob Cesca

        Furthermore, there's a multitude of issues surrounding this spill that ought to be covered by the very serious Villager set. Corporate malfeasance. Corporate lobbying. Corporate incompetence. I would love to have heard the This Week panel discussing how BP is lobbying the Canadian government to eliminate the regulation mandating backup wells. I would love to have heard the This Week panel discussing whether BP has been more focused on harvesting the oil than simply capping the well.

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