The incompetence of the government is on full display with the rejection of the Dutch in the early days of the spill and then compounded by the tentacles that government wraps around everything. The rejection of the help from the Dutch is not the real story here, but rather the reasons why.
From the Financial Post (emphasis mine):
Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.
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In today’s New Your Times, readers are treated to an opinion piece that illustrates that anyone living in the bubble of politics that is Washington DC is blind to what this conservative movement is really all about. In his column titled “The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York” Frank Rich tries to paint the Republican nominee as a GOP moderate.
And Scozzafava is a mainstream conservative by New York standards; one statistical measure found her voting record slightly to the right of her fellow Republicans in the Assembly. But she has occasionally strayed from orthodoxy on social issues (abortion, same-sex marriage) and endorsed the Obama stimulus package.
Moderate? Not in the least. The Left in this country continues to move farther to the left which allows them to say that the middle keeps moving left as well. Dede Scozzafava and her ridiculous voting record would have been classified as a democrat a decade ago. From the National Review:
In spite of its having gone for Obama in 2008, the district’s history suggests that it is basically conservative; Ms. Scozzafava is basically not. Boy, is she not: Not only pro-choice and in favor of homosexual marriage — common if distasteful concessions to the secular liberals’ agenda — she also supports some of the most odious items on the Left’s wish-list, including the “card check” initiative that would put a big cudgel in the hands of Big Labor while effectively disenfranchising millions of American workers who may not desire to become Teamsters, SEIU members, or similar. She signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose tax hikes but immediately declared that she was not bound by having done so. It is no surprise that she is supported by the public-employees unions, ACORN — and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga.
Frank Rich and the New York Times either don’t understand what the conservative movement is all about or they do and are scared to death of it. I would argue that most of Washington just doesn’t get it, however, there are those who do and have been making every attempt possible to deflect any attention from it. The 9/12 march on Washington proves that the American public is tired of the way the government (under both democrat and Republican watch) has been accumulating power and spending more and more of our money.
We need to bring this country back to the values that built the foundation of this great nation. We need to revisit the constitution and ensure others understand how and why it was established. This can be summed up in The Federalist No. 45:
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
In Tarrant Country near Dallas, TX, they are getting a first look at what Obamacare is going to look like. From the Dallas Morning News:
Tarrant County health officials began turning away people who did not meet the high-risk qualification to receive the swine flu vaccine at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
More than 1,000 people had waited in line, some as early as 10 p.m. Thursday, for the doors to open at 10 a.m. this morning. Officials were asking people who were not pregnant or a child with a chronic illness to leave. This swine flu clinic is Tarrant County’s first offering of vaccines to the public for free.
Screening started outside before 10 a.m., with people wearing vests emblazoned with “greeter” and asking each person about why they were there. A child with chronic illness got a yellow piece of paper. A pregnant woman got a white piece of paper. Someone who was neither got a sheet with instructions to leave and wait for another clinic.
Welcome to the world of rationing. The government began working with vaccine manufacturers to develop a vaccine in May, yet they find themselves ill prepared this fall when President Obama announced a National Emergency regarding H1N1.
Just think what will happen when there is a shortage of life saving drugs, blood, or even worse…doctors. Will the government begin rationing these as well?
Now that the Obama Administration has declared the Swine Flu a national emergency, we are getting our first taste of the impact government has when it interferes in the free market. Taking a ride in Mr. Peabody’s Wayback machine, we head back in time to 1993 when the Hillary Clinton launched a program called The Children’s Vaccine Initiative (CVI). This initiative was disastrous to the vaccine manufacturing industry in that prior to it’s enactment, there were a large number of vaccine manufacturers. However, with the government trying to set prices at which they would buy vaccines, the manufacturers saw their margins decrease.
Once again, Quinn’s law, “Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent” still holds true. By interfereing, the government artificially distorted the market and with reduced margins resulting from the CVI, the manufacturers began closing up shop in search of more profitable enterprises.
And of course, whenever politics gets onvolved, efficiency goes right out the window and things collapse. From the Seattle P-I:
“Scarce resources, political infighting and lack of a shared vision not only hamstrung the Children’s Vaccine Initiative, he said, it contributed to a broad decline in global immunization systems worldwide. “Everything just collapsed,” said Michel Zaffran, program manager for vaccines at WHO. “Every agency was just fighting for their own flag rather than working together on the big picture.”
So what is the result today? From The Associated Press:
“The federal government originally promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. Only 13 million have come through.
As nervous Americans clamor for the vaccine, production is running several weeks behind schedule, and health officials blame the pressure on pharmaceutical companies to crank it out along with the ordinary flu vaccine, and a slow and antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs.”
That is a whopping 10% efficiency! The problems with supply are blamed on a number of interrelated factors — the low prices the federal government pays for childhood vaccines, the dwindling number of vaccine producers, and others.
Regardless of your party affiliation, this a perfect example of what happens when government gets involved, ultimately distorting the free market.
In 2002, The GAO (Government Accounting Office) warned congress of continued shortages in vaccines. Back in 2003, we faced a similar shortage of vaccines, yet the government was not able to learn from their mistakes and now we find ourselves in the same boat as we did then. Whether you believe that the Swine Flu vaccine is necessary, what is certain is that when the government is involved, nothing goes according to plan. This is what we can expect from Government health care. This is a vaccine. What happens when it is a heart transplant or brain surgery? What can we expect then?