The gordian knot that the Teabaggers are now strangling themselves with seems bound to the albatross around their necks of deregulation and the effects of deregulated environmently sensitive industries. The golden boy of the moment, Baby Paul has built his Senate race around the idea that we are burdened with over regulation. He has even had the hubris to compare himself to Civil Rights Martyr, Dr. Martin Luther King in his “heroic” struggle to allow smoking in restaurants again.
Now, as the Gulf of Mexico slowly suffocates in oil and BP is allwed to call the shots because of the way the industry has been catered to during the Cheney regime, the party is caught between it’s probusiness anti regulation support of Ayn Randist capitalism and the mood of the American people.
As they try to spin the disaster as Obama’s Katrina, it becomes more and more obvious that the federal government has been crippled in its ability to deal with the industry and the pose it adopted before the spill.
Lax regulations meant that there was no real enforcement of safety regulations and no real preparations by the industry to live up to and support its own standards of accident preparedness.
Ohio has John “both sides of his mouth at the same time” Boehner. blaming Obama, trying to shift the onus of responsibility for the clean up onto the taxpayers and the federal governement and then as his words are met with outrage, claim, that isn’t what he said at all.
Perhaps we can get Baby Paul to clarify what he meant last year when he defended coal mining mountain top removal with the brush off, “I don’t think anybody’s going to be missing a hill or two here and there.”
Let’s face it, Mountain top mining has been more accurately described as “the rape of Appalachia” as rural communities are destroyed economically for the coal industry.
INTERVIEWER: What about mountaintop removal?
PAUL: I think whoever owns the property can do with the property as they wish, and if the coal company buys it from a private property owner and they want to do it, fine. The other thing I think is that I think coal gets a bad name, because I think a lot of the land apparently is quite desirable once it’s been flattened out. As I came over here from Harlan, you’ve got quite a few hills. I don’t think anybody’s going to be missing a hill or two here and there
To illustrate what Paul views as “a hill or two,” here’s a satellite-taken before-and-after image of a mountaintop removal site in Mud River, West Virginia: