President Obama has hurled rhetorical barbs at BP but done little of substance to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico during the nearly two months since the fatal explosion on BP’s oil rig, political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax.TV.
“He never led the country,” Morris says. “His mind-set is still that of a United States senator, ‘What can I do about this? I can fine them. I can prosecute them. I can legislate’ — everything except the job he has, which is to administer the government and make sure it does its job.”
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Nowhere was this more evident than in Obama’s failure to waive the 1920 Jones Act, which the U.S. Coast Guard invoked to block the Dutch, Norwegians, Canadians, and British from moving their oil-skimming vessels within days of when the spill began. The law requires that all merchant ships operated in American territorial waters be built in the United States and have American crews.
Those fleets’ experience in containing spills would have been invaluable early on, says Morris, a Fox News analyst and Newsmax contributor.
“Had he been in control, he would have pinned the Coast Guard’s ears back and said: “Tell me precisely what you need, precisely why we can’t get this other equipment, exactly what this other equipment would do, and they would say the Jones Act,” Morris tells Newsmax.TV. “And he would say, ‘Waive the Jones Act; give me a piece of paper and I’ll do it in five minutes,’ but he never asked those questions.”
Asked about the president’s plan to force BP to put up to $20 billion in an escrow account to pay damages from the oil spill through a third party, Morris says this shows Obama is more interested in politics than plugging the leak.
Morris believes Interior Secretary Ken Salazar should pay for the spill with his job because he has run a “terrible department.”
He decried Obama’s delay in meeting with BP CEO Tony Hayward until today as “ridiculous.”
“He’s been treating BP as if it were a foreign country,” Morris says. “During the campaign, he said he would negotiate with the ayatollah. ‘How about with BP?’”
Obama’s push for cap and trade will add thousands of dollars to electrical bills and have a minimal environmental impact, Morris says.
“The thing about taxing carbon is that without any tax at all, the United States is achieving the goals set for it carbon reduction,” Morris says. “Obama said he wanted to lower the United States total of carbon emissions to 17 percent below the level in 2005. In 2005, it was 6,000 million tons down to 5,000 ̶ that was Obama’s goal.
“Well, now it’s at 5,400 simply because free people becoming environmentally conscious responding to pricing mechanisms have reduced their consumption of carbon and will continue to do so.”
Also in the wide-ranging interview, Morris said:
- Republican women won recent primaries in several states because of a popular desire to clean up the nation’s politics and get rid of “the stench of corruption that rises from Washington.”
- Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle needs to emphasize the need to cut taxes, eliminate the federal deficit, and increase energy independence to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the fall.
- Jewish-American voters who opted for Obama by an 85 percent to 15 percent margin are turning against the president because of his hostility to Israel.
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