The risks of deepwater drilling are just starting to be recognized, and there’s plenty of blame to go around. The U.S. oil industry has had a remarkable safety record, but no oil company has an effective plan for dealing with a major spill. Minerals Management Service (MMS) has failed miserably in requiring the stockpiling of the equipment that has taken BP five weeks to assemble for stopping the spill. And despite claiming that the technology used by the oil industry is safe, a tight-jawed Obama, just weeks after announcing his intention of drilling for oil, is finding the reality of drilling at 5,000 feet to be quite different than the administration’s claims.
President Obama’s handling of the oil spill shows his true narcissism. He has done everything possible to focus blame for the handling of the response on BP, and in good lawyerly fashion, to dissociate himself from the issue. President Obama has only angered many Americans who now have seen his failures in representing them threefold. First in his insistence on pushing through a massive government takeover of healthcare, then in a refusal to adequately police the border, and now in a wishy-washy response to the oil spill.
Below is another update from Congressman John Fleming who continues his fight to hold his fellow congressmen accountable for their disingenuous actions throughout the passage of Obamacare.
FLEMING HEALTH CARE UPDATE
As the author of H Res 615, a resolution calling on Members of Congress to enroll in the public Health Care plan, I have an important update.
Due to an overwhelming response from Americans across the country to my office, the health bill recently signed into law will indeed require members of Congress to abandon their federal health benefits and enroll in the newly created exchanges.
While those of us who supported this important requirement have won the first round, we have not won the war. There is a move afoot to “fix” the language of this provision.
Together, we can make sure the people’s voice is heard.
JOHN FLEMING, M.D.
Member of Congress