For the last two months Louisiana has had to deal with the federal government’s deplorable management of BP’s oil spill, with various federal agencies actively hindering local efforts to protect and clean our shores and to keep our economy going. To add insult to injury, we now have a suggestion from Froma Harrop that we need a federal takeover, making the state of Louisiana a U.S. protectorate.
A modest proposal: The federal government should take over Louisiana. Might as well, at this point.
… It's hardly news that Louisiana's political class is not all it could be. But there comes a time when the U.S. taxpayer can no longer write blank checks to cover its dysfunction.
Considering that the spill is occurring in federal waters, on a site the federal government leased to a company operating under federal permits, federal inspections and which recently received a safety award from the federal government, I’m not really sure to which local dysfunction Ms. Harrop refers. It’s also worth mentioning that for decades Louisiana has been denied the same level of federal royalties for offshore drilling that other states enjoy, so drilling here is a real moneymaker for the federal government.
Other than applying a legally questionable financial squeeze to BP, I’m not sure how much the federal government has accomplished in the 61 days since the Deepwater Horizon accident besides generate frustration in local officials. However, a lot has been accomplished in spite of them.
- The vacuum barges built by the La. National Guard are back on the job after the Coast Guard stopped them.
- Kevin Costner’s oil centrifuges are finally being deployed after decades of government foot dragging.
- BP finally trial ordered 600 feet of the miles of boom – of the sort La. Governor Bobby Jindal begged for within a week of the explosion – which sat in a Maine warehouse even after Maine’s senators wrote the secretary of the Interior, the administrator of NOAA, and the commandant of the Coast Guard about it.
- The sand berms Jindal finally decided it would be easier to get forgiveness than permission from the federal government for were being built at a record pace until the federal government stopped the dredging on Tuesday.
- The economy destroying oil moratorium – which was decidedly not supported by the experts as Obama’s Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar initially claimed – has been temporarily stopped by a judge who suggested the federal government find better reasons than because I said so and noted that it failed to give any consideration to less draconian measures until the President’s commission finally meets in mid-July, three months after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. (I suggest safety inspections by people more experienced than trainees and enforcing existing law.)
All things considered at this point, I’m wondering why Louisiana shouldn’t just secede from the federal government. Might as well, at this point given the feds response.