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    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micael View Post
    might as well.. im not sure the top kill thing will work.. if it does great.. but get the crap outta the water now.. whats on the shore line is done.. looks like costner is gonna be a rich sob.
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    I am just going to say to all those F**ks who **** on me in my thread, BP is more worried about the oil than plugging it! And I have not read this thread, and so I have no idea, but I expect everyone to stick up for BP, and to catch **** again! I stick to my point though, and am right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meltedwire View Post
    I am just going to say to all those F**ks who **** on me in my thread, BP is more worried about the oil than plugging it! And I have not read this thread, and so I have no idea, but I expect everyone to stick up for BP, and to catch **** again! I stick to my point though, and am right!

    Meanwhile, a strange reticence has taken hold of Mr. Obama's ideological opponents. Where are the livid patriots who enthralled us for months with their fevered dreams of a socialist-minded, power-hungry federal government?
    Only a short while ago, of course, the populist right was riding high, sweeping the primaries and insisting that the operations of the market must not be interfered with; that government intervention of even the slightest kind dangerously diminishes human freedom.
    Just last week, for example, the Washington Post featured a 2,500-word essay by Arthur C. Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute, calling for a "New Culture War" for laissez-faire capitalism—a grand moral debate over the right relationship of business and government that Mr. Brooks felt his side was sure to win.
    Well, the Gulf spill has given Mr. Brooks and his movement the perfect opportunity to stage that debate. On one side, we've got the liberty-minded oil companies, the gentle giants that, just two months ago, the right was so keen to liberate from federal interference and to unleash on the nation's coastline.
    And on the side of government, we've got the Obama administration, which has backtracked on its new offshore-drilling policy and even announced plans to beef up drilling regulations. True, for most Americans that's not a lot of statism to deplore, but the tea party movement is accustomed to regard even the most insignificant regulatory initiative as a front in the eternal war between freedom and socialism.
    Back in April, for example, Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) greeted the president's drilling policy with the suggestion that the Environmental Protection Agency be abolished and "the energy market" freed from bureaucrats so that it might answer to "the demands of the people and the decisions of private investors."
    But what say the tea partiers today? Who will step forward now and demand that the "energy market" be rescued from regulatory bondage?
    Other than Rand Paul, who will honor the snakeflag slogan and demand that the government stop treading on BP? Who will unmask the Gulf situation as just another fake crisis manufactured by power-hungry liberals? Who will lament the persecution of productive business executives by the looters of Washington, D.C., posturing so arrogantly in their hearing rooms but trembling in private as they contemplate the tsunami of liberty heading their way this November?

    But for the most part, what we hear from the right these days is essentially the same as what we hear from the liberals: complaints about corporate misbehavior, the need for more federal action, and demands for a shakeup of the regulatory agencies involved so that they might regulate better in the future.
    In fact, one of the people leading the criticism of the Minerals Management Service—the regulator in question—has been conservative paladin Darrell Issa (R. Calif.), who correctly accuses MMS of having "too cozy of a relationship" with industry. Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, for her part, has actually used the spill to outflank Mr. Obama on the left, suggesting that someone should find out whether his administration's vacillating response can be attributed to the sizable campaign contributions he has received from BP employees over the years.
    These are refreshing arguments to hear from the right. After hurricane Katrina wrecked New Orleans, you will recall, conservative pundit Amity Shlaes famously described the Bush administration's vacillating response as the traditional observance of the "Federalist Pause."
    And Galt only knows how many times "coziness" of the MMS variety has been celebrated as part of the struggle for free markets and free people. For a reminder, just pull out that famous 2003 photograph of James Gilleran, then director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, a bank regulator, "cutting red tape" along with a smiling group of bank-industry lobbyists.
    But things are different today. The catastrophe is too great to brush it off with the usual laissez-faire scholasticism. So the great debate must wait. We are all liberals for the duration.
    Thomas Frank: Laissez-Faire Meets the Oil Spill -
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