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Mid-Week News and Comment

October 13, 2010

Mid-Week Mischief: Economics 101: Lesson 1: Trickle Down and Supply Side Explained. See Slide Show Coming Soon- Friday Funnies.

Washington Post Expose on the Politics Behind Administration Oil Decisions. Believe me, it’s painful to have to criticize President Obama. However, we are dedicated to putting out the truth even if it puts someone we admire in a bad light.

As readers know, we have published a number of posts on (a) the Administration’s decision to expand offshore drilling (See our prescient April Fools Day Edition and the Speech that Obama wished he given) and (b) numerous posts on the administration’s handling of the BP disaster.  Recently, the BP Commission (appointed by the White House) issued a scathing critique of the administration’s failure to accurately inform the public on the extent of the problem. Republicans piled on. But at least the Administration appointed a high level independent assessment of its own response.

Now Washington Post journalists, Michael Leahy and Juliet Eilperin, have written a lengthy analysis of the role of politics and the lack of sound analysis that went into the Administration’s decision to open up extensive waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to drilling.  An interesting read.


President Obama with Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar; AP Photo, Daily News



More to come: stay tuned.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 15, 2010 6:59 pm

    I too am disappointed in Obama. He seems to have opted for the paths of least resistance with only a few exceptions. So far though he has kept some feedback paths open… so he still has the potential to improve.

    Consider this: where was the scathing report of the Bush Administration’s handling of the war in Afghanistan. If ever there was a half-assed political exercise that hurt our nation, that was it. But no commission was empowered to review or criticize. Made it easier for Bush to run things and for us to go along fat dumb and happy while we undermined our national security.

    As I recall, Bush couldn’t come up with a mistake he’d made when asked. So much for learning from your mistakes.

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