The deplorable response to the BP spill is not Louisiana’s fault 

For the last two months Louisiana has had to deal with the federal government’s deplorable management of BP’s oil spill, with various federal agencies actively hindering local efforts to protect and clean our shores and to keep our economy going. To add insult to injury, we now have a suggestion from Froma Harrop that we need a federal takeover, making the state of Louisiana a U.S. protectorate.

 

A modest proposal: The federal government should take over Louisiana. Might as well, at this point.

... It's hardly news that Louisiana's political class is not all it could be. But there comes a time when the U.S. taxpayer can no longer write blank checks to cover its dysfunction.

Considering that the spill is occurring  in federal waters, on a site the federal government leased to a company operating under federal permits, federal inspections and which recently received a safety award from the federal government, I’m not really sure to which local dysfunction Ms. Harrop refers. It’s also worth mentioning that for decades Louisiana has been denied the same level of federal royalties for offshore drilling that other states enjoy, so drilling here is a real moneymaker for the federal government.

Other than applying a legally questionable financial squeeze to BP, I’m not sure how much the federal government has accomplished in the 61 days since the Deepwater Horizon accident besides generate frustration in local officials. However, a lot has been accomplished in spite of them.


All things considered at this point, I’m wondering why Louisiana shouldn’t just secede from the federal government. Might as well, at this point given the feds response.

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