Foray into Politics

This whole oil spill mess has got me thinking. It seems to me that there are a lot of ancillary characters sounding off and they really just want to be heard so that they can tell people they did something. This comes from both sides of the aisle of our federal government. However, news stories have left out or glossed over the stories of the little guy having to circumvent bureaucracy in order to protect his home.
I’ve only seen one such story about the Alabama shrimpers who pitched in to lay oil containing booms on their own dime when the workers contracted by BP and the federal government took their union breaks. The little guys kept working to save their own homes instead of trusting others to do it. Governor Bobby Jindal had Louisiana hire some oil sucking barges but they couldn’t be used until the bureaucracy (coast guard) certified that they had enough life preservers on board. The Alabama government contracted to get a deep water oil boom from Bahrain and the coast guard sent it to Louisiana instead.
Where are the Politicians who are working to streamline the cleanup. All I’ve heard of are Bureaucratic hurdles that people are having to jump through from allowing foreign ships to help with the cleanup to people getting turned away from disaster relief processing centers because they don’t have the right paperwork.
Instead of boasting that you’ve taken BP to task or that the escrow fund is in effect a government shakedown try boasting about how you’ve made cleanup take less time or rescued beaches or plugged the leak… OH Wait! that hasn’t been done so instead we have to fill the airwaves about the useless things that are going on or the political maneuvering that is going on in order to capitalize on the devastation that this is reaping in the gulf states.
I for one would rather that those in charge lead by doing rather than talking. I’m of the opinion that if you have to tell everyone what you’ve done you really haven’t done anything. I wish that those in charge would do something worth taking note of like containing the oil rather than boasting about what they are thinking of doing.

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About Steven Coppola

I'm a rower with the US rowing team. I've been doing this for about 10 years now and have recently decided to explore the world of blogging
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