There is one area of his speech that caught my attention, but I didn’t hear any pundits last night, or this morning, talk about. I’m talking about the 17,000 National Guard he said he is sending to the Gulf to help with the clean-up efforts. Not only did this idea shock me, I’m also a little shocked that nobody has picked-up on this comment, yet.
Obama has said repeatedly that BP will pay for every aspect of this accident, yet by sending 17,000 National Guard to the Gulf he almost guarantees that the tax payer will be on the hook for whatever costs they incur. Yep, that means you and I will pay for 17,000 National Guard to pick up turd-balls of oil off of beaches. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem paying any National Guard for any job they do, but once again the president has missed the mark. Shocking right?
Here’s what a real leader would do as it pertains to the 17,000… Meet face-to-face with all BP executives on the very first week of this disaster. Then demand they start hiring, by the thousands, people to be prepared to help with any clean-up needed on the beaches and in the marshes. Part of the demand for hiring would be that they hire people that are presently getting extended unemployment benefits. Get those people back to work. Secondly, if I want to use that many National Guard, I would use them for something they could do much better than picking up oil turds. I would send 17,000 fully armed National Guard to patrol and guard our Southern border.
As a tax-payer, I cannot see anyone objecting to pay the National Guard to protect the United States from invasion, so put them where they are needed. But make damn sure they are armed and ready to defend our land down to the last grain of sand.
So there it is folks, my take-away from last nights speech.
1. Send 17,000 National Guard to guard and protect the Southern border.
2. Make BP hire 17,000 out of work citizens that are on extended unemployment benefits.
Simple right? So simple that even the president should have thought of it!