Eurozone “plan” – an Oxymoron.
Talk of “firewalls” and “rebuilding” balance sheets and other construction-related metaphors are wearing a bit thin.
So far, they’ve clearly demonstrated that they would have difficulty in planning their way out of a wet paper bag.
Highway Noise – A27 Southerham to Beddingham
Two examples of extreme traffic noise, measured at a distance of at least 100 metres from the source:
Someone shut Obama up.
“Oil – an American addiction”
President Obama is on a 2-day visit to Mississippi, Florida and Alabama and thanks to his speech-writers, he has brought a new “angle” with him. In between talking tough and hoping to disperse oil with generous sprayings of testosterone, he struts between oil-covered Louisiana beaches in no-nonsense-macho display mode.
He limbered up with “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.”
He wants to to “Move forward in a bold way in a direction that finally gives us the kind of future-oriented … visionary energy policy that we so vitally need and has been absent for so long.”
“One of the biggest leadership challenges for me going forward is going to be to make sure that we draw the right lessons from this disaster,” he said.
It’s all “Me, me, me, I, I , I.”
All that his audience needs is someone to clean up the f*****g oil and hand them some cash.
Never mind the musings and politico-philosophical ramblings of a president regretting that he ever said that the “buck stops here”. When he uttered that phrase, he obviously had no idea that the oil would still be gushing weeks after the original accident.
So, has he only just realised that the United States is a hopeless oil junkie?
Obama said he could not predict whether the nation would transition completely from an oil-based economy within his lifetime but that “now is the time for us to start making that transition and investing in a new way of doing business when it comes to energy.”
We cannot blame him for taking this opportunity to pre-empt what will not doubt be a tranche of populist pseudo-environmental legislation designed to take everyone’s mind off the moribund state of the US economy, the unemployment, the poverty, the sliding dollar and the continuing debate about his proposed (and unsustainable) healthcare system.
“Mainlining” crude has been an American problem for years. Perhaps regular visits to Petrolheads Anonymous might do the trick but there is absolutely no chance of the USA weaning itself off oil and its products . When the Earth has been sucked dry, they’ll grow it.
9/11 – or as I prefer to call it, 0.818181 is becoming a great symbol for American politicians – especially when they need a shortcut to their electorate’s emotions and outrage. Personally, I don’t understand the reference because I’ve found them all to be very friendly. Oops! Sorry! I was thinking of 7-11! But for those who are interested, July 11th is America’s 7-11 day!
Obama is showing himself to be a “talker” and not a “doer”. The fact is that he is 100% dependant on BP tackling the problem. He can stand on the shore bull*******g while BP sorts the problem out but all that his misinformed words achieve is to bite the BP hand that feeds crude oil to a very confused nation.
If he imagines that the risk of bankrupting BP will somehow speed the process up, then he knows even less about economics than we all suspected.
As a matter of interest, an American economist pointed out this evening that the colossal value of the reserves that were being accessed by BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, relegates the cost of any Gulf of Mexico clean-up to minor collateral damage. The value of the oil reserves is measured in TRILLIONS.
So please Mr President, cut the crap and show some support for your BP Americans who are trying to solve your problem.