Poor President Obama. All those pundits trying to get him to become the Emoter-In-Chief. At least Frank Rich in today's New York Times advises him to take a course more in keeping with his character: "Don't Get Mad, Mr. President. Get Even."
Once the leak is plugged (you see, I'm the incurable optimist), once the cleanup is underway, then is the time for systemic action. It has to do with oil people embedded in the Interior Department and Monsanto people writing safety regulations in the FDA, and lobbyists in bed with politicians in Congress.
No use in crying over the disaster caused by, as Frank Rich calls them, the "corporate corner cutters." That CCC of corrupt conniving capitalists - as opposed to virtuous capitalists, who really do exist - has to be kept under the thumb of regulators. But that is for the aftermath, once BP (aided, perhaps, by the US Navy's deep sea specialists) plugs the flood of oil spewing from the ocean's floor.
Meanwhile, deploy the CCC. You thought that the Civilian Conservation Corps went the way of the Depression and the ensuing New Deal. Well, you're right. And wrong. The CCC lives.
Under a glowing photo of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Conservation Corps, consisting of 3,000 18 to 25 year olds (with over 100,000 alumni since its inception in 1976), is able to deal with many environmental disasters, including
Oil Spills, Search-and-Rescue, and more --There are specially trained oil spill cleanup crews and search and rescue crews.
That is just what we need, at least until the Obama Administration creates and trains a similar Federal corps. Maybe Arnold will allow Barack to Federalize the CCC - the state needs all the revenue it can get, and BP could be made to pay the bill.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - what are you waiting for? Write to the CCC's Director David Muraki ([email protected]).