“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
Last Thursday (June 24th), the [CBS Evening News] broadcast a report about how few of the authorized National Guard troops available have actually been deployed to help with the clean-up of the massive [BP] oil spill down in the [Gulf of Mexico], and I was absolutely shocked. For out of the 17,500 available troops, only 1,640 had been deployed. The state by state breakdown of that was 1,053 out of 6,000 for Louisiana, 58 out of 6,000 for Mississippi, 432 out of 3,000 for Alabama and 97 out of 2,500 for Florida.
No, I cannot naturally blame you a bit for being quite skeptical. For it defies reason, but you can go [here] to check it out for yourself.
On the hand, it all makes perfect sense. For the more damage that is wrought, the worse it becomes for [President Obama], and that would be in the best interest of all who do not want see him reelected.
It should be easy to see. For the governors of [Louisiana], [Mississippi] and [Alabama] are all [Republicans], and the governor of [Florida] is a former Republican.
Yes, I could be sorely mistaken. For it was reported in that CBS Evening News segment that it is out of a fear of scaring off tourists that the governors of Alabama and Florida have been reluctant to deploy all of their available troops, and CBS is notorious for being unabashedly liberal (as in generally being anti-Republican) in their coverage.
Furthermore, it could also be simply a matter of costing too much, but that doesn’t track. For BP is supposed to be picking up the tab.
Ah, but maybe it is still a matter of being unaffordable? For the more it costs BP, the closer to bankruptcy they become, and the last thing President Obama wants is to lose even more jobs in this economy.
Yes, he could blame it all on the Republicans. For while [President Bush] was in office, oversight of the oil industry became rather lax—at best.
To be quite honest about it, I have been enthusiastically in favor of drilling for oil as much as possible, and I generally considered it to be asinine to impose so many rules on the industry. However, I had no idea that such a disaster was even possible.
No, I do not see it happening anytime soon (if ever), but I do believe the time has come for us to do away with our two party system. In fact, I would like to see the end of all political parties. For too many policies have been implemented based solely upon what is in the best interest of the party—not the country, and adding even more political parties to the mix would just spread the malaise over a greater area.
Yes, it could be argued that this would be just opening another can of worms. For instead of something being in the best interest of the Republican or [Democratic] Party, having no party affiliations would invariable lead to cults of personality, but haven’t we gone there already (i.e.: [Reaganomics])?
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