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Obama’s Coast Guard Shuts Down Oil-Sucking Barges, Citing Red Tape

Posted By Matthew Vadum On June 18, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

After years and years and years of progressive domination of the legislative process, Big Government has spun completely out of control.

It’s so big and unwieldy it now interferes with the nation’s ability to combat an unprecedented environmental disaster. It’s so unmanageable that it can no longer be counted on to protect our country.

Nothing better illustrates this fact than reports that the Coast Guard shut down barges that were helping to clean up spilled oil off the coast Louisiana.

ABC News reports the Coast Guard “needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.”

You read that right. Instead of allowing the barges to go about their – obviously urgent – business, the Obama administration shut operations down for 24 hours.

Couldn’t they have conducted their investigation without halting operations? Couldn’t they have just written the barge operators tickets? Did they really have to shut down the clean-up operation in order to comply with some obscure federal regulations?


Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal (pictured above) has been struggling heroically against the Obama administration, which keeps throwing up roadblocks every time he proposes a constructive solution.

It’s as if Obama wants the clean-up operation to fail. There’s no way he’s going to allow the governor of a state that didn’t vote for him to look good. No way. That’s not how Obama, student of Chicago thug politics that he is, plays the game. With a little help of the already unwieldy Big Government, he’s obstructing the process, thereby proving that the government is no longer able to combat national crises.

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