The Left is following the Rahm Emanuel admonition to “never let a serious crisis go to waste” by filling the blogosphere with ideas to take advantage of the BP oil spill. Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, heir apparent to Helen Thomas, has weighed in with hers:
Capitalizing on the crisis the way the administration did with the economic meltdown, advancing health-care reform even as the economy was tanking, requires bold ideas. With thousands of fishermen out of work and offering, even begging, to help with the cleanup, why not have the government do direct hiring with a modern-day Work Projects Administration modeled after the FDR-era agency that put millions of people to work during the Great Depression. Everybody is into branding these days, and it would be a great way to brand the government as a positive force in the cleanup.
The administration missed an opportunity with the stimulus money to have projects and workers that benefited from government intervention clearly identified. When the FBI storms onto the scene, agents wear shirts with “FBI” lettered across the back. Why not use the EPA as a brand, or find some other logo that would identify government workers saving the environment—and send BP the bill?
Great! Convert the figurative jack-booted thugs into the literal!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?