20 Apr 2011

Does the Federal Government’s Performance in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster give us reassurance about Health Care by Obamacare??

I want to refer you to a remarkable post on the Hot Air Blog titled “Did the Government cause the Gulf Spill?” to further expound on my previous blog , “Skimmers, Skimmers, Skimmers–Where are the Skimmers???”

The Coast Guard has gathered evidence it failed to follow its own firefighting policy during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and is investigating whether the chaotic spraying of tons of salt water by private boats contributed to sinking the ill fated oil rig, according to interviews and documents.

Coast Guard officials told the Center for Public Integrity that the service does not have the expertise to fight an oil rig fire and that its response to the April 20 explosion may have broken the service’s own rules by failing to ensure a firefighting expert supervised the half-dozen private boats that answered the Deepwater Horizon’s distress call to fight the blaze.[i]

This is just amazing.  As stated in the above facts, this is just gross incompetence.  But look how these mistakes in firefighting procedures may have resulted in the first trigger of the initiating cause of the “leak:”

An official maritime investigation led by Coast Guard Capt. Hung M. Nguyen in New Orleans is examining whether the salt water that was sprayed across the burning platform overran the ballast system that kept the rig upright, changing its weight distribution, and causing it to list.

Ocean rigs are massive, tall structures – usually several stories high – that float on the water.  The rig can be lowered or raised by adjusting air and sea water contained in its ballast tanks.  These tanks have seals that were likely damaged by the fire blazing on the rig, which would have allowed the massive amounts of sea water sprayed on the rig to fight the fire to enter the tanks and seriously disturb the rig’s center of gravity.

The main source of the spill was not the blowout preventer, but the riser pipe to the rig.  When the rig collapsed and sank a few days after the blowout, the pipe tore open and began pouring tens of thousands of barrels of oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico.  Had the rig been salvaged, it’s likely that most of the spill would never have occurred . . . .

Kevin Robb, a civilian Coast Guard search and rescue specialist who acted as the first watch commander the night of the accident, testified that there was no attempt by the Coast Guard Command Center in New Orleans to designate a fire marshal to take charge.[ii]

To men of the sea, fires on any floating vessels are extremely dangerous and demand following governing procedures to the letter.  So, at this point, since there was a procedural failure, maybe dereliction of duty is evident.  The terrible consequences would make you especially distrustful of the abilities of the federal government as operator of the Coast Guard.  Yet this same federal government has taken over the most complicated business in the world –delivering us our health care??

Now if you are a natural cynic, you should read my blogs “Skimmers, Skimmers, Skimmers–Where are the Skimmers???” and “Radical Democratic Party Continues Its Ongoing ‘Jihad’ Against Domestic Oil Production and Eventual Energy Independence.” These will prepare you for this next fact:

An earlier report from Mehta and Solomon also raised important questions that the White House has yet to answer about what Obama knew when.  That investigation revealed the White House timeline of events failed to acknowledge an oil leak until four days after the explosion, even though the Coast Guard’s timeline reported a leak one day after the explosion.[iii]

So, many needs of radical liberal Democrats have been satisfied all too conveniently by the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

Maybe letting these same people take over delivery of our health care is not just a very wise decision???

For a more thorough discussion on this topic, please see page 335 of Chapter 15, “Health Care” Is NOT about Health Care, of  my book “A Simple Guide:  How Liberalism, A Euphemism For Socialism, Destroys Peoples and Nations.”  After reading this, you just conclude that surrendering personal control over our Health Care to Obama Care is tantamount to giving the federal government regulators a license to ration – especially if you are over 65!


[i] Morrissey, Ed.  “Did the Government cause the Gulf Spill?”  Hot Air.  July 30,2010.  Web.  Accessed August 4, 2010.   <http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/30/did-the-government-cause-the-gulf-spill/>.

 

[ii] Id.

[iii] Id.

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