Deepwater Spill Validates Conservative Belief About the Proper Role Of Government

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.

Not the proper role of Government

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3 responses to “Deepwater Spill Validates Conservative Belief About the Proper Role Of Government

  1. Voltaire

    At this point I can only conclude that conservatism is now a form of psychosis. Apparently making sure that oil companies deploy the proper safety equipment on wells a mile beneath the sea isn’t the government’s job either. Just think, if the government would’ve properly enforced safety regulations from day one then the government would’ve never had to micromanage any cleanup effort now would it? Conservative logic is becoming a contradiction in terms. After all we know that the government’s only jobs are to force people into worship rituals and censor artists and creative writers at will.
    Btw, why weren’t my previous writings posted? Could this be a microcosm of what “Christian America” will look like – where no dissent is tolerated? People don’t trust Christians for a reason. Think about it.

  2. Cylar

    That’s a gross mischaracterization of Conservative positions.

    The Left? Mischaracterize our positions? Make us out to be something we aren’t? Obama call us enemies of government simply because we want smaller government?

    Get outta here.

  3. Cylar

    At this point I can only conclude that conservatism is now a form of psychosis.

    No, liberalism is a mental disorder. You’ve got it backwards.


    Apparently making sure that oil companies deploy the proper safety equipment on wells a mile beneath the sea isn’t the government’s job either. Just think, if the government would’ve properly enforced safety regulations from day one then the government would’ve never had to micromanage any cleanup effort now would it?

    They did. And when those vaunted regulations of yours proved insufficient to prevent this problem, and a pipe went kaboom, the federal government did nothing but get in the way of the efforts to contain the damage. That is GoY’s point, and sadly, typical. Apparently you missed the memo that nothing like this has happened before, and that private industry was in uncharted territory in trying to deal with a leak over 5,000 feet below the surface.

    Oh, and you also missed the memo that government regulations are partially responsible for causing the mess by barring further shallow-water and on-land drilling. If this had happened in ANWR or on the Outer Continental Shelf, it would have been a footnote on page A37.

    This is being called “Obama’s Katrina” for a good reason.


    Conservative
    logic is becoming a contradiction in terms. After all we know that the government’s only jobs are to force people into worship rituals and censor artists and creative writers at will.

    ….the hell? And you said our logic is a “contradiction?” Get bent.


    Btw, why weren’t my previous writings posted?

    Maybe because GoY has better uses for his Internet real-estate, than giving yet another megaphone to a left-wing moron. You’ve got plenty of other places online where you can run your mouth.


    Could this be a microcosm of what “Christian America” will look like – where no dissent is tolerated? People don’t trust Christians for a reason. Think about it.

    Don’t worry your pretty head about it. It’s not going to happen, for one thing. It’s amazing how much you left-wingers sit around worrying about some kind of upcoming theocracy…most famously described by Teddy Kennedy’s speech during the Robert Bork confirmation hearings back in 1987. We’ve been headed the other way for years – gay marriage on demand, abortion-on-demand, religious expression of all kinds being snuffed-out, Christians being charged with “hate speech”…and yet theocracy is what you’re wringing your tiny hands over.

    Douche.

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