Originally posted by Vitchilo
If I would be the president, I would ask people living on the coast, those who can, and want to, to move to relatives/friends elsewhere... all people
affected would see their bills suspended until this is over.
So you would punish other companies because as President you urged them to move? As much power as you people think the President has, no wonder that
office gets away with so much....regardless of who is sitting in the Oval Office.
And I would bring back the troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Give them proper equipment, and put them to work in the gulf. There's machines that can
pump 200 gallon/minutes... with 50 of those, you can clean up the mess.
We have enough people remaining in the States to do such a thing. The military, any and willing volunteers, etc should all be allowed to get out
there and do the job of cleaning up.
And of course, all the CEOs of BP would be arrested RIGHT NOW.
What charges? I understand the emotional aspect, but demanding someone to be arrested, without evidence of criminal intent this is just reckless.
On to the President.....The speech was alright. He hit on the points needed. He was tough on BP (I didn't count how many times he referred to BP,
but it was quite a bit), showed compassion for the people and region that is effected by this catastrophe and then brought out the grand design, and
what seemed to be the crux of the address; 'comprehensive' energy reform....whatever that means.
I felt a bit weird that he invoked our manufacturing capabilities during WWII and then our technical capabilities to put a man on the moon. The
analogy might serve its purpose, but the private sector was a large part of the process of both those accomplishments. In this, the Government wishes
to push out nearly all private enterprises in their efforts to tackle this issue. While I understand many here do not hold the point of view in
regards to the free market, but this is an excellent chance to see the reinvigoration of American might in regards to manufacturing, technological
breakthroughs and dominance in the market in not only the cleanup effort, but what lies ahead.
Overall, the Government, just as BP, has no idea how to fix the problem. It is time to tap the ingenuity of the American spirit and tenacity to take
advantage of this moment in time and place which is upon us. Not only tapping universities, which academics may have fantastic brains, but have
little to no experience, nor only tapping government bureaucracies that are muddled and confined by red tape and corruption, or solely relying upon
the large conglomerate corporations such as Exxon or Shell who have possibly a reason to keep this catastrophe going longer than needed. We have 300
million people, and when called to duty, as shown by history we have and we shall overcome this adversity when allowed to do so.
My views may totally change in the days to come on the actions that follow the words.