I’m going to take this report about BP destroying evidence along the Gulf coast all with the willing compliance of the weak regulators it’s been leading around by the nose, as further evidence that governments should stay out of the private sector.
See, we anti-government types have long derided any kind of government restriction on corporations because governments are stupid and weak and corporations are awesome and know what they’re doing. By voting against any proposals to make government regulation of critical industries stronger and smarter, we’ve ensured that it has remained stupid and weak, thereby proving that we were right. Government is incompetent and corrupt and expensive and badly run, and not even always because of our involvement in it.
And now, with the oil spill disaster, we see further evidence that government has absolutely no ability to keep us safe at all.
It’s only BP that’s been proactively out there, concealing the extent of the disaster, destroying evidence, making willdly unlikely and unsuccessful attempts to plug the leak, and spending millions on making Americans feel better about the devastation it’s caused. Obama can’t even manage to look angry.
The only logical conclusion from all this? We must take even more power away from the public regulators that have shown they can’t solve intractable problems with the limited power and responsibility we’ve granted them thus far. They’re clearly outmatched by the vastly more powerful entities they’re supposed to keep in line, so why even bother?
(This is also why the global financial crisis proves that we should put more power in the hands of the finance industry that created it.)
So this year, please vote for the candidates who are most likely to make it easier on the corporations who’ve taken us into these messes. After all, we’re kind of at their mercy.
Do you really want to piss them off any further?
UPDATE: Obama smacks down the hypocrites:
“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 overregulation and wasteful spending.”
The president also implied that anti-big government types such as tea party activists were being hypocritical on the issue.
“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,” Obama said. “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.”