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Crisis Management

Two quotes about crises:

Glenn Reynolds: "I'll believe that there's a crisis when those who insist there's a crisis start acting like there's a crisis."

Handy little rule of thumb, that. If someone is trying to convince that something has to be done, take a look at what they're up to and if those actions are consistent with what they're trying to convince you. Professor Reynolds (an actual law professor, not just some lecturer) first coined it in relation to the whole global warmening/climage change mess, when he observed that some of the biggest proponents (in Al Gore's case, in more than one sense) of the theory also had some of the biggest "carbon footprints" around. But it applies in so many cases.

On the other hand...

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's Chief Of Staff.

Handly little rule of thumb, in politics. When a crisis emerges, when things go in the crapper, you can get a hell of a lot done while people are freaking over the crisis. You can use their panic as cover and push for things they'd never accept otherwise by somehow tying the stuff you want to achieve to fixing the problem, or just losing it in the shuffle.

The first quote is good advice for judging the sincerity of someone attempting to persuade you to a course of action. When Al Gore leaves his huge mansion, hops on his private jet, then takes an armored SUV to lecture you about how we all have to reduce our carbon footprints and in general end our rampant consumptionism, it's pretty easy to tell why his eyes are brown.

The second quote is good advice if you're trying to achieve your political aims by any means necessary. If you're more concerned with getting your way than honoring any moral principles or maintaining any kind of integrity.

The predominance of the latter in the Obama regime is readily apparent in many ways. For example, the massive oil spill in the Gulf. Instead of taking over the cleanup or working with BP to fix it, they immediately broke out the blamethrower and started firing indiscriminately, trying to decide who to pin the fault on, instead of trying to fix the problem first, and piecing together the particulars later. Which is why they're probably extremely unhappy with Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal, who has said that they can go to hell -- he's going to protect his state, even if he has to overstretch his authority.

Bobby Jindal is saying there's a crisis, and is acting like there's a crisis.

The Obama regime, meanwhile, is trying to figure out how to keep this crisis from going to waste. They've already figured out one approach -- keep demonizing BP and "Big Oil."

One wonders how well BP can work on fixing the problem with the Obama regime's boot on their throats.


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You'll note that Barry hasn... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

You'll note that Barry hasn't TAKEN OVER CONTROL of the spill management effort. That would then put the RESPONSIBILITY on his shoulders. Much better to stand on the sidelines and make snarky comments. NOW THAT'S LEADERSHIP!

Maybe it also shows why his polls are tanking this morning. Down to 42% approval. The longer this goes on, the longer Barry carries on his charade of 'leadership', those numbers are going to continue DOWN!

I'm still waiting to see all that "vast executive experience and ability to organize" come out. You know, from 'the best administration ever!' and from 'the smartest man in the world'.

You can have the best political strategy in the world. Events have a way of kicking you in the balls.

Wow - look at how the video... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Wow - look at how the video clip was edited.

No context. All context has been removed.

No date either.

Even his explanation was clipped so we can't hear what he means by not letting it go to waste.

The video clip is 8 seconds long - what's the matter Jay - you can't run it for 30 seconds so we can understand what he's saying and why?

What a grossly amateurish smear attempt.... pathetic, simply pathetic.

Hey Lee, why not quite when... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey Lee, why not quite when you're ahead, or think you're ahead.

Reading through all the comments in the most recent threads, you're having your ass handed to you on a very frequent basis.

How about a coherent comment on your Obamassiah's 42% AND DROPPING approval rating?

Ya know, that "Set Comment ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Ya know, that "Set Comment Score Threshold thingy works pretty well. Set it for -2, and Lee suddenly disappears.

Sweet!

Hey Lee! You going to EVER... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey Lee! You going to EVER provide CONTEXT for calling Commissioner Pierce a RACIST!

Wee Lard:<blockquote... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Wee Lard:

What a grossly amateurish smear attempt.... pathetic, simply pathetic.

Yeah, JayTea, you're not very good at smear tactics! In fact, you're so lousy at it - that many wouldn't even consider it a smear...

Anybody else wonder if Obam... (Below threshold)

Anybody else wonder if Obama has shipped BP's employees a bunch of "the beatings will commence until morale improves" posters?

(I like -2 as well, JL. If only people would quit responding...)

Crooks and Liars joins in o... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Crooks and Liars joins in on the Obama bashing:

"The Obama administration has dropped the ball on this one and that's putting it mildly."

(I like -2 as well, JL. If ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

(I like -2 as well, JL. If only people would quit responding...)

I don't mind reading alternate, and maybe unpopular comments.

Perhaps Jay Tea can set the threshold at
-Lee Ward. that would work as well. Until at least 2012, when the electorate will set the threshold at -Barack Obama.

"Crooks and Liars joins in ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Crooks and Liars joins in on the Obama bashing:"

"Mr. President, I'm a huge fan, but this is now your oil spill. It's on your watch."

Ed Shultz (Obama MSNBC sycophant)

Guess good old Eddy is now one of those "crooks and liars", right Adrian?

Wow you must have to be a r... (Below threshold)
914:

Wow you must have to be a real idiot to keep spewing Obamas failed policies. I thought this thug was a waste of ..... under Clinton.

Hint Lee: It doesn't take 30 seconds to understand "never let a serious crisis go to waste". Screw off.

Yep Ed Schultz too -- lots ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Yep Ed Schultz too -- lots of Liberals and Environmentalists are criticizing the President -- here's a quote from Think Progress:

"The Oil Spill Is Another Katrina"

Crooks and Liars is a Liberal/Progressive site btw.

Wow! 5 weeks to act along t... (Below threshold)
914:

Wow! 5 weeks to act along the gulf shoreline and what did Barry do? Twiddle his thumbs. Barry could have made us proud and worked hand in hand while others were stopping the "LEAK".

Now its a full blown disaster thats destroying Peoples livelihoods ( He is so good at that ) and he dont even have time for a casual flyby cause he cares. But nothing will keep him away from Chicago and his crib. He has time for that.

Shame on You Barry. Youv'e lost my vote.

Lol,- amateur smear reveale... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Lol,- amateur smear revealed.

The video was posted on February 9, 2009.

lol.... How f*cking pathetic.

What "crisis" was he referring to?

We'll never know -- the video clip was heavily edited to remove all context, and even clipped before the end of the sentence -- in an attempt to remove all context.

How f*cking pathetic.

The video is a year and a half old! lol...

Pandering to one's anti-cor... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Pandering to one's anti-corporate, hate-Big-Oil base shows an utter lack of leadership during a crisis.

I said this before: Shut up, step up and help. Otherwise, sit the hell down.

And you can start, Mr. Obama, by helping the governors get the goddamn things they've requested, like booms and skimmers and putting your "boot on the neck" of the EPA to speed up permits so dredging equipment can build sand bars to capture the slime, you feckless, pandering crapweasel*.


*I've always loved that word.

Well, when you think about ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Well, when you think about it, what can Obama do?

Hold a press conference? We know he prefers everything tightly scripted. If he has to ad-lib, god knows what the man might say.

He can't throw money at the problem as that isn't going to help right now.

He can't even blame the US for this one.

He can't blame Bush. Won't work after almost a year and a half in office.

Can't use the racism charge here.

Can't blame Israel.

Yup, there's a crisis and damn, they have no idea how to use it to their advantage.

Rahm Emanuel, Presid... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:


Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's Chief Of Staff: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
Where have we heard this Machivellian type of thinking, before?

Well most noteworthy, 9/11 and the Bush administration using exactly the same language.

The president himself (Bush) declared that the attacks provide "a great opportunity"(according to Woodward). Donald Rumsfeld stated that 9/11 created "the kind of opportunities that World War II offered, to refashion the world." Condoleeza Rice had said the same thing in mind, telling senior members of the National Security Council to "think about 'how do you capitalize on these opportunities' to fundamentally change...the shape of the world." The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, issued by the Bush administration in September 2002, said: "The events of September 11, 2001, opened vast, new opportunities."


That's real good work there... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

That's real good work there Stevie. Why not save everyone some time and tell them what web site that came off of, and who Dr. David Ray Griffin is.

I didn't know you were a "Truther" Stevie.

Instead of taking over t... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Instead of taking over the cleanup or working with BP to fix it, they immediately broke out the blamethrower and started firing indiscriminately, trying to decide who to pin the fault on, instead of trying to fix the problem first, and piecing together the particulars later.

The government has been working with BP to fix it from day one. The Oil Pollution Act, signed in 1990, restricts government involvement in oil spills to a supervisory role. I'm not sure if this applies to cleanup or fixing the leak. However, it does prevent the government from taking over the responsibility of fixing the leak. Even without the Oil Pollution Act, the government does not have the resources or any experience in stopping oil leaks.

If the government were to become involved in fixing leaky oil wells, a government agency would need to be set up that would function like a fire department. However, it could not be done in time to stop this leak. It would require purchasing specialized equiptement and training. Just like firemen set deliberate fires to learn how to put out fires, I'd like to see this done with oil leaks. An oil leak could be simulated using harmless water.

Sending a clear message that the government is going to hold BP fiscally responsible for all damages (and raising the cap on damages) was a smart move on Obama's part. If BP thought they would be let off the hook than they may not work as hard to stop the leak and clean up the spill.

GarandFan I took the first ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

GarandFan I took the first website I saw. I remember several such quotes personally after 9/11. I suppose i could get more established sites, but the quotes would remain the same.

"I suppose i could get more... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"I suppose i could get more established sites, but the quotes would remain the same."

It sounds like a nice little afternoon project that would help validate your position.

"Even without the Oil Pollu... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Even without the Oil Pollution Act, the government does not have the resources or any experience in stopping oil leaks."

So instead of saying "What can we do to help", we get "I've got my heel on the throat of BP".

Yeah, Tina. THAT'S A GREAT HELP!

More kool-aid?

"When Al Gore leaves his... (Below threshold)

"When Al Gore leaves his huge mansion, hops on his private jet, then takes an armored SUV to lecture you about how we all have to reduce our carbon footprints and in general end our rampant consumptionism, it's pretty easy to tell why his eyes are brown."

Jay Tea,

What a fabulous line! If I owned a newspaper you would be writing for me.

Obama probably can't help t... (Below threshold)
Sue:

Obama probably can't help to cap the well.....the best and most experienced people already work for the oil companies....not the government.

But he could ask what would help instead of simply blame them.

And he most certainly SHOULD be giving assistance to governers and others who are trying to protect their coastline.

The fact that he is ignoring Jindal says that he isn't concerned enough to DO SOMETHING, he's only concerned about assigning blame and standing and watching.

Oh, and Lee, it doesn't matter when that video was from. "Don't let a crisis go to waste" is a philosophy.....one Obama's Admin agrees with and uses. As such it's not a one time thing. They see everything in terms of politics and will do whatever is to their advantage even if it harms the US.

So instead of saying "Wh... (Below threshold)
TinaS:

So instead of saying "What can we do to help", we get "I've got my heel on the throat of BP".

It's not a matter of one or the other. Both are being done.

"It's not a matter of one o... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"It's not a matter of one or the other. BOTH are being done."

Game. Set. Match.

More kool-aid?

Since Lee's memory is so sh... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Since Lee's memory is so short, I'll give him a little reminder. When Rahm said that he was talking about the still new banking crisis and that such a crisis can be used to push forward all manner of plans that have had to sit on a back burner waiting for .... wait now ... here it comes ... a crisis! It's an age old tactic and phrase.

But you knew that, didn't you Lee?

Lee, you are disingenuous in every essence of the word. Or just an idiot.

Wait until we see what 'sol... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Wait until we see what 'solution' this regime has for the illegal immigration crisis.
Want to bet it includes amnesty for tens of millions of illegals?

Actually Oyster, someone el... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Actually Oyster, someone else has pretty much nailed him with this entry.........

'...he excels at putting a sheen on dolops of fecal matter.....'

I think there should be eit... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

I think there should be either a government agency or private industries for fixing and cleaning spills that functions as a fire department. If an oil company wants to drill in deep water they would have to be certified that they are capable of stopping a leak at whatever depth they plan to drill at. If an oil company wants to drill at a depth that they are not certified at, than they would have to sign a contract with a company that is certified. Certifications could be obtained by simulating an oil leak (using water) at various depths and demonstrating that one can stop the simulated leak.

Tina S,I have to a... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Tina S,

I have to agree that sounds like a good plan.

Unfortunatly while it's quite simple to type "simulating an oil leak", in the real world it's not simple at all and in fact might not even be possible.

A much simpler solution would be to allow oil companies to access oil that is not under a mile of water, or under any water at all, as we have more of that available here in the US than what's in the middle east.

crickmore - "GarandFan ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

crickmore - "GarandFan I took the first website I saw. I remember several such quotes personally after 9/11. I suppose i could get more established sites, but the quotes would remain the same."

And you know this how?

You readily admit you made zero effort to look.

Nitwit

tina s - "If an oil com... (Below threshold)
Marc:

tina s - "If an oil company wants to drill in deep water they would have to be certified that they are capable of stopping a leak at whatever depth they plan to drill at"

Guess you missed the the Feds already have a similar dept, the MMS. A bang-up job they've done corrupt to the very core.

As for you Oil Pollution Act of 1990, might I suggest you actually read the damn thing, (PDF file) rather than [presumably] grabbing something from some leftest/progressive website.

While the act lays responsibility on those in charge of whatever facility caused an oil spill it in no way limits the Fed gov from interceding.

You know things like "hey dumb-asses, screw your Top hat crapola and other failed attempts and just plug the damn thing with old tires and the like."

...And how will the Dems 's... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

...And how will the Dems 'solve' the Underfunded Pension crisis?:

"..The final nail in the coffin may come in the form of stealing $165 billion additional dollars from taxpayers to fund union pensions that were mismanaged and misappropriated by the bosses who support Democrats in good times and bad.

'A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.

The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.

As FOX Business Network's Gerri Willis reported Monday, these pensions are in bad shape; as of 2006, well before the market dropped and recession began, only 6% of these funds were doing well.

Although right now taxpayers could possibly be on the hook for $165 billion, the liability could essentially be unlimited because these pensions have to be paid out until the workers die.' "

(-via Doug Ross)

Don't let that crisis go to waste!

Not to worry Les. Accordin... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Not to worry Les. According to a study, union bosses pensions are funded at 100%. Of course the workers pensions are only funded around 45-65%.

But that won't stop the unions like SEIU contributing to some of that $100 million in union money in this falls elections.

Wonder when B of A will be getting that $120 million in past due payments/interest from SEIU?

What "crisis" was he ref... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

What "crisis" was he referring to?

We'll never know -- the video clip was heavily edited to remove all context, and even clipped before the end of the sentence -- in an attempt to remove all context.

The financial crisis, here is the full video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mzcbXi1Tkk&feature=fvw

The context is the financial crisis was a golden opportunity to have bipartisan (hah!) legislation on health care, energy, etc. Well, we see what a bang up job these guys have done so far.

Bob Woodward, Bush at War (... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Bob Woodward, Bush at War (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002), 32.
"Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with the New York Times," New York Times, October 12, 2001. For Rice's statement, see Chalmers Johnson, "The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (New York: Henry Hold, 2004), 229.
The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, September 2002 (available at www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/nss.html)

You just got Instalanched. ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

You just got Instalanched. Batten down the hatches, it's gonna be a bumpy night!

Despise this man. Hate th... (Below threshold)
Jane Ellen:

Despise this man. Hate that he has the President's ear.

The EPA is "helping". Lisa ... (Below threshold)
Cincinnati Bob:

The EPA is "helping". Lisa Jackson is making $500,000,000.00 (your tax dollars at work)available to researchers to study the environmental impact of oil dispersants being used by BP. Do you think that money could be spent on oil booms and immediate clean up efforts?




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