The Smart Girl Report – Episode 0033

Brittany Cohan joins me for conservative chick chat on Rep. Etheridge (D-NC) and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak, plus Cocktail Time with Mike G.

Obama, The Oil Spill, & Fear Mongering

From POLITICO:

Obama talked about America’s dependence on fossil fuels and how we could not “transition out of a fossil-fuel-based economy overnight. We can’t do it in five years. We can’t even do it in 10. So we’re going to continue to need to develop domestic oil consumption. We’re going to still need oil exports. And if it’s safe, then offshore drilling can be a part of that.”

He said, however, we have to invest in research and continue development of new resources building on the work that’s already been done on “solar and wind and biodiesel and energy efficiency in cars and buildings.”

“And if we don’t, then accidents are going to happen again,” he said. “They may not be of this size and this scope, but we’re going to continue to see big problems.”

If the government doesn’t invest in green energy, accidents are going to happen? Huh? Accidents are going to happen, period. Accidents have been happening since the dawn of time, and many evolutionists would even have you believe that our very existence is an accident. Even if, at some distant point in the future, we don’t use oil for our energy, whatever the new means are will be accident-prone. It’s just the way life is. Before people died in car crashes, they died in horse-drawn buggies. No amount of government regulation is going to fix that.

Obama also talked about what he considers a key issue: the role of the federal government. “I will say that there is a debate that we’ve been having for a long time and we’re going to keep on having in this country about the proper role of government,” he said. “And I think that this crisis has been a good case study in how some people feel pretty contradictory about that role.

“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much. Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying, this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”

There was some real irritation in his voice when he said: “And so — and this translates into very concrete terms — I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies, and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, Big Government over-regulation and wasteful spending.” (Emphasis mine)

If people can’t understand the difference between the government taking over private business and the government responding to a natural disaster in a timely manner, then there’s nothing I can do. No one is asking the government to crack down harder on oil companies.

I would like to ask that the safety procedures already in place be followed. BP may have been negligent, but the government turned a blind eye and rubber-stamped its approval.

I would also like to ask that the government not stand in the way of people offering to help. Just three days after the explosion, the Dutch government offered to send ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms. The White House declined the offer.

Maybe, just maybe, the federal government can step back and let state and local governments do what they need to do to protect their constituents. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal requested boom barriers right away, and was apparently brushed off by the federal government.

What the heck good is a government that bankrupts us, but doesn’t help us in our hour of need? What is the point?

I swear I’m getting more and more libertarian everyday.

*grumble*

The Smart Girl Report – Episode 0032

John Hawkins of Right Wing News joins the show this week, plus cocktail time with Mike G. Oh yeah, and the President says the three letter word for derriere.

Obama Wants to Kick Some Ass

Keep it classy, Mr. President.

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”

Disaster Response

It’s been over two weeks since an explosion on an oil rig killed eleven people and started spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day.

Two weeks.

The information has been spotty, to say the least. First the fallen rig wasn’t leaking. Then it was.

Then safety procedures in place since 1994 to burn off the crude oil in its earlier, containable stages were not followed.

Then some terrorist guy that graduated terrorism school in Pakistan before moving to the United States and becoming a citizen tried to blow up an SUV in Times Square in New York City. He almost got away too, after purchasing an airplane ticket and boarding the plane despite being on the on No Fly List. I seem to remember that panty bomber being on that list too. Don’t worry, I’m sure the system is working just fine. Solid B+, I say.

President Obama has been very busy. Attending Nerd Prom. That’s in-the-know way to refer to the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. I’ll spare you the embarrassment of having to ask like I did last week,”What the heck is Nerd Prom???”

Oh yeah, and Nashville’s quickly becoming the next Atlantis.

It’s time to do something, people.

Contact your Congressmen in Washington and tell them the answer to this slick disaster is not to bankrupt us by shutting off even more of our fuel.

Contact the FTA and let them know that if they’re going to have a no fly list, they might as well start actually enforcing it.

If you have the means, donate your time or money to help the mer-people of Nashville.

At least that’s what I’ll be doing. I refuse to feel helpless and sit back and twiddle my thumbs and hope everything turns out ok. Sometimes life throws you curve balls. Sometimes those stray balls smack you in the face. I’d rather be someone that gets back up to the plate, black eye and all, than someone that fears ball games for the rest of her life. Because if you never get back up to that plate, there’s no chance you’ll ever hit that home run.

Sorry for the baseball analogy. It was either that or American Idol, as both topics are dominating my tweet-stream at the moment…

Oil Spills Suck. But Don’t Be an Ass.

There is a horrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico right now. On April 22nd, there was an explosion that killed eleven people and has caused crude oil to pour into the ocean and encroach upon wild marshlands at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Make no mistake — this is a tragedy. The lives lost in the explosion, the destruction to our environment, and the potential loss of livelihood should the oil move into the areas where many commercial fishermen earn their living.

I personally believe that we all need to come together to support the effort to get this mess cleaned up. I also think we need to figure out what caused it, so that other oil drilling sites can make sure they’re not at risk for the same type of disaster.

But I still support drilling for oil. To say we should hault the collection of one of our most valuable resources is like saying a person shouldn’t live in California because there’s a high risk of earthquakes. Or that no one should teach their kid to ride a bike because they might fall off and hurt themselves.

The fact is that there is risk to everything. Even getting out of bed in the morning poses a risk of tripping and falling in clumsy sleepiness. The goal is to take calculated risks. To look at the potential benefits and weigh them against the potential downfalls, and make the best decision that you can at the time.

I read this tweet from Bill Maher today:

Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty

Really? Asshole? Bill Maher is certainly entitled to his opinion, but unless he lives in a hut in the woods, he’s a total hypocrite. I’m sure that Mr. Maher uses more than his fair share of oil, so he would be wise not to criticize the collection of it. It’s stuff like this that makes it impossible for people to take him seriously.

It would be nice if Mr. Maher would use some of his money, influence, and power to mobilize some help to clean this oily mess up, rather than insult and criticize Americans that would like to see gasoline under three dollars a gallon again.