Have you seen the latest leftist Straw Man? That it’s hypocritical for Conservatives to be critical of Obama’s mishandling of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill because we hate Government and want it to do nothing anyway?
That’s a gross mischaracterization of Conservative positions. The criticism is directed at Big Government, especially as embodied by the Federal Big Government. And the argument is, roughly, that Big Government costs too much, infringes freedom too much, and offers little or no benefit in return.
The Federal Government in this case has been an impediment to cleaning up the spill and preventing damage. Bobby Jindal was ready to begin building sand berms within a week of the accident but the Federal Government was standing in his way.
Conservatives are not anarchists, and the idea that conservatives hate all Government is a straw man. We believe in a role of Government limited to areas that can not be effectively provided by other sectors. We believe Big Government is too large, bureaucratic, and unwieldy to deal effectively with day-to-day decisions that people ought to make for themselves. But we believe government can play a role in dealing with catastrophic events. But our Big Federal Government is designed to work in exactly the opposite way; it is designed for day-to-day micromanagement, not emergency response. And it’s failure in responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill validates our philosophy once again.