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We’ll Make *You* Pay For What *We* Own That We Have *No* Clue About Solving

So suggests the morons running our Country right now, at least:

Responding to the massive BP oil spill, Congress is getting ready to quadruple—to 32 cents a barrel—a tax on oil used to help finance cleanups. The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next decade.

The tax is levied on oil produced in the U.S. or imported from foreign countries. The revenue goes to a fund managed by the Coast Guard to help pay to clean up spills in waterways, such as the Gulf of Mexico.

It would be really cool if someone in Washington could help us understand what good it will do to take even MORE of the money we don’t have enough of already to put in their pockets so they can have it available to them the next time a problem THEY don’t know how to solve comes along so it can be…solved… by them:

“I don’t think anyone else could do better than we are,” Doug Suttles, the BP chief operating officer, said Monday. “I know that that’s frustrating to hear and our performance, to this point, I wish was better. I wish this was done. But we’re doing everything we can. And I don’t actually believe anyone could do any better, unfortunately.”

Administration officials also have said they lack the technology — such as unmanned submarines that can work at such ocean depths — that has been deployed by BP.
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Fadel Gheit, managing director for oil and gas research at the Oppenheimer & Co. investment bank and firm, said the government has the authority, “but we don’t have the technology or ability to do it.”

“The government is not in the oil business,” Gheit said, adding that BP is the industry leader, and “if they cannot do it, nobody else can. Period.”

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made clear Sunday that the federal role in stopping the leak is overseeing BP’s efforts rather than taking over.

How cute and cuddly of the Administration to proclaim the right and jurisdiction for oversight on a thing they have no clue about what to do to resolve…while assuring us that if we give them money they’ll put it aside for the very NEXT crisis that comes along that they’ll have no clue about what to do to resolve.

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