Incompetent or just plain dumb? You make the call.

June 11, 2010

Three days ago, I linked to a Pajamas Media article that exposed the stunning fact that millions of feet of containment boom were sitting unused and unbought at a factory in Maine, in spite of the owner’s efforts to get the government’s attention.

So you’d think that, in the intervening time and with the slick spreading wider and wider, the government would have jumped right on this, bought Packgen’s entire stock, and ordered more.

I bet you believe in the tooth fairy, too.

TAPPER: I talked to a guy who runs a company in Maine that offers boom, and he has – he says – the ability to make 90,000 feet of boom a day. High quality. BP came there 2 weeks ago, looked at it, they are doing another audit today. He is very frustrated, he says he has a lot of high quality boom to go and it is taking a long time for BP to get its act together. Don’t you need this boom right now?

ALLEN: Oh we need all the boom wherever we can get it. If you give me the information off camera I’ll be glad to follow up.

That’s from an interview of Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the man in charge of the federal “response” to this disaster, by ABC’s Jake Tapper. I’m so glad the admiral’s willing to get right on this; I’d hate to think it’s interfering with something important, like his tee-time.

“Sense of urgency?” What’s that? No wonder Governor Jindal is blowing a gasket.

Forget basic competence; does anyone in the federal government even care?

(via Hot Air)

UPDATE: A follow up from Jake Tapper:

Coast Guard finally got back to me: “The boom manufactured by Packgen did not pass an initial quality control test.”

Fair enough. I assume this means they’ve tested it since Tapper gave Admiral Allen the phone number, though it begs the question of why it took them this long to even check.

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Clueless on line one!

June 11, 2010

I’ve often said that, to be a progressive, one must give up any knowledge of real-world economics and of what makes a business work. As yet more proof, I offer the following excerpt from Jim Geraghty’s must-read Morning Jolt newsletter:

At least [the Obama administration] understand the situation and are on the case. Oh, wait, maybe not: “With three shuttered oil rigs preparing to leave the Gulf of Mexico for foreign waters, Gov. Bobby Jindal ratcheted up the rhetoric Thursday against the Obama administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling, saying the White House still doesn’t understand the economic pain the forced stoppage is causing Louisiana workers. Jindal said he had a conference call with President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, and appealed to her to shorten the six-month moratorium, arguing that a half-year pause would force oil companies to move drilling operations overseas for years and that the federal government could easily impose new safety standards and monitoring in a shorter time frame. ‘She asked again why the rigs simply wouldn’t come back after six months,’ Jindal said. ‘What worries me is I fear they think these rigs can just flip a switch on and off.‘”

Not at all surprising from people who think the government can run whole industries and even the entire economy according to their whim. Ignorance is surely bliss.

I rest my case.


Let me get this straight

June 11, 2010

The federal budget has nearly doubled in ten years, going from roughly $2 trillion in 2000 to $3.8 trillion, today. Half the increase –over one trillion dollars– has come in just the last three years, during which the Democrats have controlled Congress, which writes the budget.

And yet Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-GimmeYourMoney) thinks there’s no room to make cuts, that the only thing to do is increase revenue raise taxes?

This has to be seen to be believed.