Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spill, Baby, Spill

When I hear conservatives say they want to "stop regulations on EVERYTHING we do" it makes me stop and think about
the terrible tragedy currently taking place in the Gulf
of Mexico.

Even if for some strange reason you hate the wildlife and scenery
down there you should at least sympathize with the plight
of the small business people this human-caused catastrophe
is wiping out.

Can you imagine how much worse things would be if oil
companies didn't have to worry about ANY government


free0352 said...

There are regulations on oil drilling. Lots of them actually.

Didn't work now did it?

Accidents happen. When you damage stuff, you should have to pay for it. That's how grown ups roll.

free0352 said...

and most of the regulations I was talking about were liberal regulations on what kids of music are okay to listen to, not being allowed to eat salt or transfats or smoke, and how fast I can drive on the damn highway. Basically, I'm not for government telling you how to live your life. With the exception of homosexual sex and abortion, liberals are obsessed with controlling the day-to-day of people... and it's disgusting.

Leave me alone. That would be my ideal candidate's slogan.

How bout instead of a bunch of gay rules, instead... we use a little common sense. Let's pretend you're British Petrolium and you just spilled several million gallons of oil into the gulf. Guess what, you get sued by the nice people of Florida, and you get a big fine plus pay for the clean up. The end.

Regulations won't end industrial accidents no matter how many rules you make. You can make a rule that I can't trip and fall but guess what.... some day I'm going to have an "accident" and those happen- so why make rules? We only need one rule. When you hurt someone on accident, you have to pay for it out your ass. Who decides how much? That's what we have judges for. If you hurt someone on purpose, then you go to prison. Simple system, works.

T. Paine said...

Common sense seems to be extraordinarily uncommon for liberals, Free.

J. Marquis said...

So you're saying it didn't matter that BP chose to save a few bucks and not install the remote shutoff device?

T. Paine said...

Yes it matters greatly that they didn't install the shut-off device, and now they have to pay financially for the gamble they took thinking it would not ever be necessary.

Steve said...

I don't know about you, J. Marquis, but I was brought up in a household where you were responsible for your actions.

If I made a bad decision, I have to live with the consequences of that decision, whatever they are.

There's no denying that they were irresponsible for not putting the remote shutoff device. So, BP should pay the price for the spill.

I was also brought up in a house that reminded me of the cost of things.

You want to fine the hell out of them, tax the hell out of them, or increase regulatations against all of the oil companies? That shit trickles down, dude.

If it requires $3.50 to make a gallon of gas (including all of the horrendous taxation that goes ON TOP OF the drilling and refinery costs- look into what bite the federal, state, and local governments have on top of the base cost on each gallon of gas), then there's no way that they're going to be selling it for $3, is there?

The more regulations there are, the more man hours there is to make sure all of the regulations are being followed; the higher the number of man hours there are, the less product is being produced per expenditure dollar; less product per dollar leads to the decreased profits that are to be made on each unit of product.

So, if you want to increase regulations, lower the supply (ANWAR would be producing right now if it was approved years ago), and make it harder for people that Liberals SAY you are for (considering that increased prices hurt the 'poor' that you supposedly champion)- then you're certainly welcome to. But, who ultimately pays for all of your bullheadedness? The producers, or the consumers?

-- S.

T. Paine said...

Steve, you are absolutely right with your common sense statement. Unfortunately many of our brothers and sisters on the left still will shoot themselves in the foot in their need to derive justice for these accidents, and we consumers will be the ones to pay the price for their foolish vengance.