Originally posted by Eladar
The last skipped inspection was under Obama's watch.
The last skipped inspection was under Obama's watch. That's why Obama gets the blame. Obama is supposed to be about protecting nature and Bush is supposed to be about making money. I can see why Bush would allow inspections to be skipped, especially in the fist five years since another inspection isn't required. I can't understand a good reason for the O ...[text shortened]...
It was either incompetence or it was for a reason. In both cases Obama looks really bad.
Did Obama order the inspection to be skipped? Frankly I think the question is who was in charge of the inspections. Of course you can say that the buck stops at Obama, but he's probably not the one who made the decision.
I think the same about Bush - he likely didn't order the missed inspections under his watch either, but he doesn't evade responsibility if you want to suggest that the president is responsible.
Obama is supposed to be about protecting nature and Bush is supposed to be about making money.
Says who? I thought both were/are supposed to be about protecting and leading this country.
I don't see how Obama is not about making money.
I can see why Bush would allow inspections to be skipped, especially in the fist five years since another inspection isn't required.
So why in the last 3 years of his administration did he do nothing? You are suggesting that somehow because Bush "is about making money" then he somehow shouldn't be responsible for this kind of thing?
If Obama came out and showed that he is all about making money would he get a pass on oil spills too?
It was either incompetence or it was for a reason
I agree - I think it's more about greed on the oil companies involved, regulators not having the teeth or the will to actually regulate and the oil companies' abilities to just avoid fines.
I truly doubt this was some kind of conspiracy to allow this to happen for ulterior motives. I definitely haven't seen any real evidence of this. As the saying goes: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
I don't think this is completely because of Bush or Obama's stupidity other than the policies of allowing regulations to be lax which Bush definitely allowed and Obama didn't stop.
To suggest that this happened because of Obama alone is really just a desire to blame him.
The primary culprits are BP and the other oil companies responsible for that rig that made the decisions to not actually make the rig as safe as possible.