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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  June 18, 2010
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Don't Be Fooled By NYT: Obama and His Energy Plans Are Each a Bigger Catastrophe

Just as Obamacare will ruin the world's finest medical system, Obama's "comprehensive energy and climate bill" will wreck America's economy.

The disaster in the Gulf is a disaster for President Obama and the stealth socialists. The election as president of a person with no executive or military experience obviously was a big mistake. Obama is a rhetorician and rhetoric can't cope with the disaster in the Gulf. He is a very able tele-prompter reader, but Team Obama has not composed a suitable script.He is beholden to Big Labor, so he has not waived the Jones Act. (President Bush waived it quickly to deal with the Katrina catastrophe.) He is not a competent executive and neither is his Vice President, Joe Biden. (Senator McCain would not have dawdled, and his vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, was a mayor and a governor and is an oil industry expert.)

The New York Times editorial on President Obama's speech on the Gulf catastrophe ("From the Oval Office, June 15, 2010--www.nytimes.com/2010/06/16/opinion/16wed1.html?ref=opinion) prods President Obama to actually "take full charge of the gulf oil catastrophe" and to fulfill his vows to “fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes” and to "make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.”

In obvious understatement, the Timeseditorial declared that "Mr. Obama and his team will have to follow through — with more energy and dedication than they have shown so far." That won't be hard. Obama immediately paid much more attention to the Haiti earthquake than he did for weeks to the Gulf catastrophe. His failure is so obvious that even theThe Times isn't trying to cover it up completely for Obama.

Editorial:

"We’re not sure the American people got [reassurance] from a speech that was short on specifics and devoid of self-criticism. Certainly, we hope that Mr. Obama was right when he predicted that in 'coming weeks and days,' up to 90 percent of the oil leaking from the well will be captured and the well finally capped by this summer. But he was less than frank about his administration’s faltering efforts to manage this vast environmental and human disaster.

"Fifty-six days into the spill and it is not clear who is responsible — BP, federal, state or local authorities — for the most basic decisions, like when to deploy booms to protect sensitive wetlands. It’s not even clear how much oil is pouring out of the ruptured well."

Stated in plain English, Obama is not admitting his failure to deal competently with the Gulf catastrophe.

Polls indicate that the answer of most Louisianans to the question, Do you miss George Bush yet? is...YES! The Katrina catastrophe was exacerbated by the incompetence of a couple of feuding Louisiana Democrats, then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and then Governor Kathleen Blanco. The Gulf catastrophe occurred on federal lands, so the federal government was supposed to be the first responder, not local or state government, and the Obama administration was clueless.

The editorial further states: "There can be no doubts about the company’s liability — or about Mr. Obama’s determination to press it to pay."

Why not? Do we know what happened and why? Is BP solely to blame...or is the Obama administration to blame too? Was the Obama administration's drilling moratorium either the right thing to do or something for which BP should be liable?

Of course, Obama's not only determined to make BP pay, but, more importantly, looking to use the Gulf catastrophe to promote his radical energy policy.

Is Obama just lucky?

Was it sheer coincidence that the financial crisis broke in time to put Obama in the White House?

Was it sheer coincidence that the Gulf catastrophe occurred when Obama's cap and tax plan was dead in the Senate and the big question about the upcoming Congressional elections was how many more seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives the Republicans would win in November (surely enough to put the brakes on Obama's radical plans to "fundamentally change" America)?

Yes, The Times is all for greater federal oversight of the oil industry and, having determined that BP is liable, blamed federal regulators [but NOT Obama] for "hav[ing] failed to do their jobs" as a result of "a mixture of philosophy, incompetence and negligence."

Which is it? Is BP solely to blame, or is the federal government to blame too?

And Obama's been president since January 2009. How much of the damage is due to Obama's "philosophy, incompetence and negligence"?

Apparently none, according to The Times. Evil Big Oil is the villain and all will be well if Obama's energy plan is approved! Obama just needs to be more energetic and dedicated in doing what he said he would do.

Surely Obama can be more energetic and dedicated than he has been with respect to the Gulf catastrophe, if he does what President Bush did as a result of the war in Iraq: give up golf.

Curiously, The Times insists that the Gulf catastrophe was NOT an aberration, but backs Obama's plan to have BP pay all Gulf catastrophe-related damages (liberally defined).

Editorial:

"Even now, after the worst environmental disaster in American history, industry is unbowed. In Congressional testimony on Tuesday, top officials of Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips insisted that this spill was an aberration and that their companies couldn’t possibly make the same mistakes. Representative Edward Markey noted, pointedly, that the response plans of all four companies were virtual carbon copies of BP’s.

"In his address, Mr. Obama pressed the Senate to move ahead with a long-stalled comprehensive energy and climate bill, a necessary first step to reducing this country’s dependence on fossil fuels and tackling the problem of global warming. Time is quickly running out for Congress to act before the midterm elections. There is no chance at all unless Mr. Obama takes full charge of that fight as well."

Pray that there is no chance if he does! Just as Obamacare will ruin the world's finest medical system, Obama's "comprehensive energy and climate bill" will wreck America's economy.

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

Gaynor's email address is gaynormike@aol.com.


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