Closing the barn door after the oil’s out

3 thoughts on “Closing the barn door after the oil’s out”

  1. This is a total clusterfuck from an environmental and ethical standpoint.
    I found it sadly ironic that BP now has the highest pump prices on gas in the nation.
    God help the animals . . . and us.
    I’ve said prayers already . . .
    I’ve pretty much cried myself out on this already, and it’s only just beginning …

  2. Libertarians have been asking why businesses aren’t completely and totally responsible for both their successes as well as their failures for many, many years.

    Although the BP tragedy is front and center of our collective eyes, it isn’t that different from our current monetary crisis. Businesses (such as banks and other lending guaranteeing institutions) aren’t held completely and totally responsible for their actions and so they take chances they would NOT take if they knew they would be entirely responsible for their failures.

    I’m not particularly blaming the current or recently past administrations, or the current and recently past because this problem has been brewing ever since creation of the FED, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FDIC. The BP fiasco and the currency crisis aren’t the problem… they are only symptoms of the problem.

    Facing the problems created by the perception that irresponsibility isn’t punished is like the child who covers their eyes in the belief that if they can’t see, then they can’t be seen. Talk about rewarding failure, does anybody believe that GM paid back it’s loan in full and 5 years ahead of schedule? We need to open our eyes cause they’re still lying and still printing money.
    I’ve ranted before about rewarding irresponsibility, and probably will again. It’s a topic guaranteed to raise my ire and my blood pressure. Silly me, I’m old-fashioned enough to think responsible people and, by extension, responsible companies, should be just that — responsible. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need laws to make this happen. This, of course, is not an ideal world, and our lawmakers are just as irresponsible as anyone else. Depressing, isn’t it?

    Don’t get me started on GM again. It’s bad enough they were bailed out. Now they’re lying about paying back the money. Such arrogance!

    ‘Scuse me while I go lie down. I feel a headache coming on.

  3. I meant to add that I’m not blaming the current or recently past legislatures. Somehow I got sidetracked. Of course the current and recently past political hacks haven’t done anything to stem the tide of irresponsible behavior either.

... and that's my two cents