A Tale of Two Governors: Jindal and the Spill & Brewer and Illegal Immigration

Here is a really quick tale of two Governors, in two sates, dealing with two very different problems, both asking the federal government for help, in an area where the federal government is actually needed.

Let me first preface what I am about to say with this brief statement about the role of the federal government. The federal government has a role to play in the United States, the problem is that it often over steps its bounds, becomes too bloated or is accomplishing a task that could easily be handled by the states, or already is to a degree handled by the states, creating redundancies in government, that make it more and more difficult to be about the peoples business. The oil spill is a perfect example of how the many levels of government bureaucracy get in the way of the peoples’ business and actually make the job more complicated than it needs to be.

On to story one, brought to us by none other than ABC News, from Louisiana, where Governor Bobby Jindal is having trouble connecting with the federal government.

ABC News:

Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state’s oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor’s wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.

“It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges.”

“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'”

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.

“We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.

After Jindal strenuously made his case, the barges finally got the go-ahead today to return to the Gulf and get back to work, after more than 24 hours of sitting idle.

Is this really what we are worried about? I understand safety measures and such, but maybe someone can inform me as to why we are supposed to call the people who built the barge in order to see if its equip with fire extinguishers and life vests? And why does it take 24 hours to perform this task? You’d think that in this day and age, where I can get a hold of most people pretty much anytime, that it wouldn’t take 24 hours to accomplish this task. But that is what you get when you have a federal government that is to big.

On to story 2, brought to you by an Ecuadorian television station, NTN 24, our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and picked up by The Right Scoop blog.

Allow me to digress. Two weeks ago we all watched as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer met with President Barack Obama, to discuss the border and SB170. It was two weeks ago that the President told Gov. Brewer that he would tell her what he planned to do with the 1200 national guard troops that are to be deployed and more money for the border within the next couple of weeks. Per Gov. Brewer “I’ve heard absolutely nothing.”

Now back to the story. Here is the video from the Ecuadorian television show.

Capitol Media Services:

Gov. Jan Brewer lashed out at the president and his administration Thursday, saying they announced – in Ecuador – that the federal government will sue Arizona over the state’s new immigration law.

“That is just totally outrageous,” the governor said after being told of a televised interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did while traveling. She said there is no reason Arizonans should have to learn through a blog post of an interview she did with NTN-24.

Clinton, being interviewed, said Obama has spoken out against the law because he believes immigration policy should be determined by the federal government. That mirrors statements the president himself has made since Arizona adopted the law requiring police to check the immigration status of those they have stopped if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are not in this country legally.

It was what followed that was new.

“And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act,” Clinton said in the interview.

While Obama did direct the Justice Department to review the law, the president previously said any decision whether to sue would be made by Attorney General Eric Holder.

The White House declined comment, referring calls to the Justice Department. Calls to that agency were not immediately returned.

The preceding stories were just two examples of how bad things are right now. There is a large communication breakdown between the states and the bloated federal government.


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