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In this day and age of enormous technological advancements, it is ironic that Mankind cannot find a simple solution to stop a very common problem that has plagued us since the early days of plumbing: a leak.

All day long on television, the radio, and the Internet, I see and hear Fortune 500 companies tout their products and services as the next big “breakthrough” in technology. We are creating new plastics, rubbers, glues, adhesives, foams, cements, poly-carbons, and other materials we can’t pronounce, all the time that instantly form a sealant to stop water and air flow. And the stock prices of many of the publicly-traded businesses that create these new components are soaring as the general public puts them to everyday use.

But, as thousands of gallons of crude oil continue to spew out into the waters of the Gulf, none of them apparently are good enough to do the one thing we want them to do: seal the leak.

And so, as top scientists and tech-savvy business geniuses around the world continue to debate over the best way to stop the dirty flow, thousands upon thousands of gallons continue to pour into the sea. Most reports indicate the amount at 210,000 gallons a day (some extrapolate this rate to be five times higher).

The Exxon Valdez oil spill was in total 10.8 million gallons. Since the British Petroleum explosion, which started the spewage, occurred on April 19th, we are rapidly approaching the day in which this spill will surpass what most call “the most devastating human-caused environmental disaster ever.”

All because there is a hole in a pipe. Frasier Crane’s line from Cheers comes to mind: “Can someone tell me why we can put a man on the moon, but we can’t put metal in a microwave?” While that is laughable, the situation in the Gulf is anything but.

What makes the matter worst is that I hear the mainstream media talk more about the impact on BP than I do what the impact will be on the environment. As the federal government expands the no-fishing zone up to 46,000 miles and as black-slimed bodies of dead dolphins wash up on shore, most folks seem to be more worried about the oil company bouncing back than they do the ecosystems of this massively affected region.

And the leak isn’t even plugged up yet. Dangerous, toxic crude oil continues to flow out into the water as the greatest minds of our time try to think of ways to simply seal the leak. We can only hope the technology advancements in environmental clean-up are more of a reality than the ones needed to stop a simple primitive plumbing problem.

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  • STM

    You have to think seriously about this: they’re throwing bucketloads of money at trying to stop it. If they could, don’t you think they would??

    These days, the oil companies lover their green spin.

    I duspect the fact the hole hasn’t been plugged isn’t for want of trying.

    If we don’t want oil eco-disasters on our coastlines, there’s only one solution: stop drilling for the stuff in the first place.

    And we all know that’s a HUUUGE chance of happening, right.

    Sorry if I might seem flippant in regard to what is really a dreadfully serious issue, but it’s the truth.

    If they could bung up the bloody hole, they would. BP aren’t short of a quid, just quietly. It’s not because they don’t want to throw more coin at it.

    Obviously, right now, they can’t stop it and I suspect they are just making up new ideas as they go along in the hope that something – any bloody thing – works.

  • STM

    And Doc’s right …. BP is a multinational. But it’s still called British Petroleum, and a lot of the major stakeholders would be large, British-based investors and corporations. It’d be like the Poms nationalising Caltex (that’s what we call it in Oz; it might be Texaco in the US … not sure. But you get my drift).

    I don’t think the Yanks would be too happy about it, either way.

    The fact is, offshore drillinghas always just been a recip[e for disaster waiting to happen. This is just one more instance. Unfortunately, a very bad one.

    Our experience in this country with such things is that eventually, wetlands, bird populations, beaches, etc, DO recover. It’s sad how it goes in the meantime, but oil, after all, is an organic substance formed naturally as part of this planet.

    The La Brea tar pits are one example. Although, at least that’s not spewing oil across the length and breadth of LA.

    My tip is that even if the US government did nationailse BP and take over the plug work, they wouldn’t be able to do a better job because no bastard really knows what to do to stop it. This is the problem when you drill dirty great holes into the seabed.

  • Irene Wagner

    45 – Oil-loving nanoplanktonbots don’t like chaetophobes…it’s complicated…Smack him for me, Cindy.

  • Irene Wagner

    I didn’t think your remark about off-shore drilling was flippant, STM. I wonder if people have more of a handle on what to do about the risks associated with off-shore drilling than they have on those associated with nuclear power.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    “I don’t think the Yanks would be too happy about it, either way.”

    I don’t give a crap what the Yanks should be happy about, and neither should you. And all that talk about not being able “to plug the hole” is off topic, really. The moral of the story is – if you can’t plug up your own shithole, don’t shit, baby.

    So yes, while Stan is not being flippant in this particular case, he is given to rambling.

    Sorry, Stan baby, but perhaps you ought to try to vent once in a while and speak from your bloody heart. I promise you, it’s good for the soul.

  • Mark

    So, I use tweezers — over my entire body. What’s it to you, Irene?

    I wonder if people have more of a handle on what to do about the risks associated with off-shore drilling than they have on those associated with nuclear power.

    Risks? feh.

  • STM

    Roger, what the fuck are you talking about???

    Please, let me know, let us all know, then we’ll all be the wiser. And just for your info, just about every oil company – possibly EVERY oil company – on this planet is drilling offshore and entirely susceptible to a similar screw up, so no, I don’t think doing a Hugo Chavez on BP would be a great idea.

    Besides which, two American based companies did the contract work for BP, not BP itself, as the buck passing has indicated in the Congressional inqiry. Maybe the shit in your own backyard actually comes from your own backyard.

    As for the conspiracy theorists: bollocks, it’s an accidental oil spill.

    Do you think BP wants to be losing that much oil a day and is happy being forced to spend that much money trying to a) stop it and b) clean it up?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Here again you go on a rant, Stan. I wasn’t saying that BP was any better or any worst than Shell Oil, was I? And where is the conspiracy theory I was supposedly alleging?

    The point still applies: don’t use a shithole if you don’t know how to plug it up.

    It’s not the royal “us” that fail to understand this simple point; rather, it is you who seem to have a mental block here.

    And have a nice cup of tea to calm your nerves.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    It is interesting, however, that by government’s own admission, they have neither the werewithal nor the technical expertise in the matter of this clean-up.

    It’s certainly a telling point about allocation of resources, whereby only the oil companies have the required expertise (or lack thereof) to deal with potential disasters. It’s ludicrous, too, to be depending on their know-how with respect to dealing with such, because that’s not where the money is – certainly not in the business of safety or prevention, but in the business of production.

    It’s beyond belief that for all our research facilities, we don’t have scientists and technicians who would match the expertise of companies such as BC.

    And what does it say for our EPA? Are all the stuffers just bureaucrats and pencil pushers – not one scientist among them?

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    I think we could indeed be in for a rude awakening when it comes to both nuclear (or nuculer, if you prefer) and cyberspace issues,just as we have been brought up short, as it were, regarding deep sea oil drilling. We are just as likely to be unprepared should something serious go awry in either sphere. We were wholly unprepared for Katrina, we haven’t a clue about how to stem the oil tide in the Gulf, and should we have a nuclear melt down, some kind of nuclear attack or a serious failure/attack on our internet systems, we could really be sucking on the hind teat, as it were.

    Also, I agree with Roger. BP (and probably all other “big oil”) should never have been allowed to “drill baby drill” without tested and proven technology that could handle this kind of blowout at such depths. Again, they claimed to have such knowhow, but they obviously lied.

    B

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Also, B-tone, the fact that there’s a finite amount of oil means that oil companies are going to be looking for it in ever more inaccessible and extreme environments, and the balls-up potential grows ever larger and gunkier.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Excuse horrendous misspellings in #59.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Sorry Roger, no can do. Go to your corner!

    B

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    B-tone, he won’t hear you until you tell him to go to his crenro.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Cute! For a while I thought it was a real word.

  • STM

    Roger: “And have a nice cup of tea to calm your nerves”.

    Fair dinkum, Roger, you’re a drongo.

    And a nong.

    Ask Doc what it means; I can’t be bothered.

    You just don’t read posts Rog; the only person you’re interested in here is yourself, it always seems.

  • Heloise

    Here’s the latest from a Standard oil exec and as a scientist this is also what I know: If the oil volcano is not plugged it could gush for decades! Yup. He also cited a case in Saudi wherein tankers were brought in to surround the spill to suck up the oil and water and then separate it.

    I thought about this idea of recycling the oil because guess what? Oil does not break down because it is not organic. It has to BE CLEANED UP Or BURNED! Dispersants by definition disperse…hear that Obama?

    We might have to do the tanker convoy thing. BP = Bay of Pigs and Obama has failed his first major test. It will stick to him just like the oil.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    How is this Obama’s failure? Should he personally be out in the Gulf in a row boat filling up buckets of crude? I understand that this will get hung on his doorknob, but really, what the government has done is pretty much all it could do.

    And this is NOT analgous to Katrina. This country has been through hundreds of hurricanes, floods, etc. for over 2 centuries. Bush and his gang had days of forewarning about Katrina – about how strong a storm it was, about how New Orleans and much of the Gulf coast were in peril. The post storm response was mismanaged and unduly delayed while people were suffering and dying.

    This catastrophe came without warning, and in this particular, wholly unprecedented – at least to those not on board the drilling rig. BP gave assurances that they knew what to do and how to do it in even worst case scenarios. They lied.

    I certainly don’t believe that the government is without blame in all this, but I don’t think foot dragging has been the problem. The real problem as regards plugging the damn hole is that no one knows how. Perhaps after all this, someone WILL know.

    B

  • Clavos

    Oil does not break down because it is not organic.

    Actually, it is organic, Heloise. From Wikipedia:

    All oils can be traced back to organic sources.

    The correct term for the mess in the Gulf is petroleum, not oil. Also according to Wikipedia:

    Petroleum (L. petroleum, from Greek ??????????, literally “rock oil”) or crude oil is a naturally occurring, flammable liquid consisting of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons of various molecular weights, and other organic compounds, that are found in geologic formations beneath the Earth’s surface. (emphasis added)

  • Jeff Forsythe

    I was gob-smacked to grasp that I agreed with Mr. Baritone, and then I realized that he and Mr. Baronius are not the same lads. You lot need a versatile index for novices.

    Mr. Forsythe

  • Jeff Forsythe

    Quite accurate Mr. Clavos, petroleum is dense bits of dead dragons, dinos, a thousand million cavemen and leaf matter compressed over the eons.

    Mr. Forsythe

  • Jeff Forsythe

    That is why the yanks refer to it as “Fossil Fuel”

  • Clavos

    Bush and his gang had days of forewarning about Katrina – about how strong a storm it was

    Actually, it wasn’t a particularly strong storm at all — not even as strong as Andrew, much less the famous storms of the Twenties in Galveston and Florida.

    What made Katrina such a disaster wasn’t the storm itself, it was fuckups by the pathetic, inept US government — fuckups that occurred, for the most part, long before Bush took office. Chief among these was the incredibly inept and inadequate construction of the levees by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

    The post storm response was mismanaged and unduly delayed…

    Much like the current administration’s reaction to this crisis, which is now 36 days old and we have yet to see the Obamians take charge of the situation and start kicking some BP butt.

    The real problem as regards plugging the damn hole is that no one knows how.

    True, but no one in the government has come up with any ideas (however wild or farfetched), either. They aren’t doing anything, just wringing their hands and exculpating themselves to the press and obstructing others who are coming up with ideas.

    When Bobby Jindal wanted to throw up a sand berm to at least put up a barrier to protect the wetlands, the fuckin’ EPA stepped in and demanded an environmental impact study first, for crying out loud!

  • Jeff Forsythe

    Odd I presumed it was because Mr. Bush put a mate who was an inexperienced and incompetent berk in charge of their catastrophe relief programs.
    Mr. Forsythe

  • STM

    On the money Jeff.

  • Clavos

    My point was that if the levees had been built properly in the first place, they wouldn’t have breached, NOLA would not have flooded to the degree it did, and Katrina, never a storm for the record books, would only have been a footnote in history.

    “Heckuva job” Brown was less than worthless, true — kinda like the tepid response to this crisis by the current administration (has there even been a response yet?).

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    First Clav – Katrina reached category 5 in the Gulf, and it was huge in size. It was only reduced to a category 3 when it started mixing it up with the coast.

    You are correct about the levees. Legislation to provide funding for new levees and other needed repairs and upgrades like pumps and so forth were introduced in Congress almost every year for something like 20 years prior to Katrina. Every effort was killed being labeled as “pork.”

    My contention is that most of us know well the devastating effects hurricanes can have. Systems and procedures should have been in place long before Katrina, but it became obvious that pretty much every level of government was caught flat footed.

    While we also know very well the catastrophic effects of crude oil spills, the nature and scope of this blow out was at first unclear. It wasn’t even determined that the blow out had occured until 2 or 3 days after the rig explosion. The government had been assured by BP and others that they could handle the problem. Of course, it’s clear now that they couldn’t.

    Again, the problem regarding the leak is that apparently no one outside the oil industry has even a clue as to what to do.

    I do agree with you about the government’s handling – or NOT handling – the clean up operation. BP is still calling the shots. Either the Feds should completely wrest control of the clean up operation from BP or they should at least get out of the way and let the state and locals do what they can to minimize the damage.

    The “tanker” clean up sounds like the best idea yet profered. I understand that one problem with that is actually getting the tankers. Most are currently either at sea or sitting with full loads of crude. Apparently, it’s not a quick or simple affair to off load an oil tanker. It could, I heard someone say, take up to 2 or 3 weeks or more to assemble enough of those big tankers to do the job. It seems that they should be pushing toward that end, but I’m not sure who has control over the tankers, and what other obstacles could get in the way of pulling it off.

    B

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    #55,

    All I’m saying, Stan baby, try to maintain the same journalistic standard that are part and parcel of your profession when posting here on BC. Just because many of us here are idiots it doesn’t mean you should lower yourself to our level. Try to raise above it.

    So yes, I do not read all you are posting here with the same kind of attention that I would if you were trying to post in a more responsible way. Guilty as charged.

    So if I respond incorrectly, it’s your fault. I respond to “the drift,” and it’s exactly the kind of response you deserve when, IMHO, you present nothing but a drift.

    No hard feelings, mate, just thought you might consider my POV.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Clavos is right. The administration can and should be faulted for not taking a pro-active stance. There are arguments to the effect that the Coast Guard is in charge. But if that’s the case, it hasn’t been communicated clearly enough.

    Again, it’s beyond belief that for all our scientific and technical know-how, we don’t have reliable experts when it comes to dealing with such disasters and have to rely on the expertise of the personnel who is responsible for their occurrence.

    At the very least, it shows lack of foresight and planning.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Have they tried duct tape?

  • Clavos

    First Clav – Katrina reached category 5 in the Gulf, and it was huge in size. It was only reduced to a category 3 when it started mixing it up with the coast.

    True, but irrelevant, NOLA’s not out in the Gulf. By the time the storm (which did not hit NOLA directly, it’s center came ashore in Mississippi) was ashore, it was, as you say, a Cat3, which is just an average storm in hurricane alley. I have personally been through a number of Cat3s, including Wilma, which I rode out on my boat (at the dock) with no problems, but then, I didn’t have breached levees all over the place or a moron for a mayor who wouldn’t use idle school buses to evacuate residents.

    Katrina was a disaster because of the ineptitude of government (both Fed and municipal, past and present), not because it was such a bad storm.

  • Clavos

    Legislation to provide funding for new levees and other needed repairs and upgrades like pumps and so forth were introduced in Congress almost every year for something like 20 years prior to Katrina.

    Also trtue, but the levees were crap they day they were finished, thanks to the ineptitude of the Corps of Engineers.

  • John Wilson

    It’s amazing that our USA negotiators let such poor oil leases as they do. No insurance for disaster, no bond for performance. And in the Bush administration they even omitted the lease escalator clause for oil withdrawal. Even a relatively inexperienced construction contractor knows better. What’s wrong with our negotiators? Or are they corrupt?

  • John Wilson

    The Corps Of Engineers was always hamstrung by budget cuts that reduced their effectiveness. It is political appointed managers who determine budgets, not engineers. Additionally, under Bush, funds were diverted from levees to the Iraq War, which was unfunded.

  • John Wilson

    Seems to me that what we have to do is create a collar with an orifice secured to the sea floor where the crude is gushing. Secure it in place while oil gushes thru the orifice to reduce those forces, then introduce a pipe or valve flanged to the collar to draw the oil to the surface. Some depth of the drilled hole will probably have to be sleeved.

    This will take some time as the collar/sleeve is established, but we’ve wasted 5 weeks with failed quickee plans.

    It will be expensive. But this is a capability that someone ought to have, either our government or the oil companies. They should be appropriately charged in the oil lease contracts for this capability, either in the form of required insurance, or as a surcharge.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    There’s plenty of time for finger pointing. Right now we have a major crisis and though our government claims it is responsive, the bottom line is that there are a host of administrations, bureaucrats and corporate executives who are at fault because they’ve been in bed with each other for years. The MMS is a disaster. Cronyism and payoffs are the order of the day in Washington.

    I am outraged. I am frustrated. And I cannot believe that the rank and file American public has been completely docile in this entire matter. Pundits are spinning their own respective webs from their own points of view. Democrats are bellowing. Republicans are pontificating. In the meantime the people who live in that area are slowly being slaughtered. This is an economic genocide of the Gulf region perpetrated by BP, our government and stock holders. It’s what they want, folks. In their minds weeding out the herd is the answer. This world is overpopulated and is having a hard time sustaining life. That is the stark reality which no one wants to discuss. So, let’s just kill folks. Let’s drill, baby, drill. If people get sick, let them die. There’s no health care. If eco-systems are destroyed, well they’ll rebuild once we get rid of a couple of billion people. James Carville is foaming at the mouth and I am with him on this one. America, our heroin-like addiction to all things petroleum led us down this path. Jimmy Carter warned us — and we threw him out of office. And I am an unwitting participant in the defeat of the Carter Administration.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Exactly, Silas. What follows is just one link.

    The entire US government and all its agencies are a disgrace – only demonstrating the extent of the unholy alliance between Big Business and the Government. And our president has been campaigning under “Hope and Change” slogan.

    What a farce!

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    a set of photos for your viewing pleasure.

    More available from the same site (see link) if it doesn’t offend you.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Come to think of it, you had better see the rest.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Roger, the entire thing makes me ill. What’s it going to take to wake people up? Linda McMahon (R-CT US Senate Candidate) is spending $50 million for a job that pays $176,000 a year! Now, I’m no accountant but $50M for a total of $1,056,000 paid over 6 years doesn’t seem like quite a return on an investment does it?

    Now, let’s see here. Murdoch, Redstone, GE and Disney control news media, television programming and movie theaters. GE also operates several divisions with major defense contracts. GE also operates one of the most influential finance organizations on the globe. Most of the financial officials in our Government are from Goldman-Sachs. Oh, OK, I forgot. We’re supposed to leave them all alone under our Libertarian free market non-government interfering system.

    And, as usual, nobody gives a rat’s behind.

  • http://takeirorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Silas, too many of us are in the pockets of Big Business; and those who are not are kept ignorant by our media. Meanwhile, we keep on extending unemployment benefits to the rest to keep them reasonably content. It’s a safety valve.

    You’re not going to change the dynamics until the system falls flat on its face.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    You’re right, Roger. The bottom line is that the system has already fallen. If we are to allow corporations to govern, then let’s do it in the open with complete transparency. If WE are to govern, then let’s do it in the open with complete transparency. But this lofty goal shall not be achieved. We’re too big, we’re too fat and we’re too lazy. As long as we have our iPads, our iPods, our toys, our birth control, our fast food and our gasoline — we’re happy and docile.

    On the thread about Ms. USA, Cindy talks about the culture of dominance, especially from men. That’s really what this is about. The corporations dominate using lobbyists and politicians as their surrogates. I used to believe in the notion that one person can make a difference. I’m beginning to rethink it.

  • John Wilson

    At the same time that corporations are becoming more powerful in our politics, they are becoming more multi-national in ownership.

    The net result is that the USA is becoming more of a slave to international financial interests. What loyal American could be in favor of that?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    I read your comments and feel inspired, Silas. Can we rent you over here? We need a guy like you to inspire the fools who realize the system here is busted – but whose only solution is to put themselves (plug in the name, it ain’t important) in charge. We’re not getting anywhere because of the competing super-egos of “the world’s leading experts” – who know nothing!.

    We need an outsider, someone who isn’t one of us, with our own poisoned attitudes, to speak clearly. I’ll provide the translators – guys who can translate into both Hebrew and Russian.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Ruvy, with the deepest humility, thank you. I’m completely convinced “the world’s leading experts” lack one common denominator – COMMON SENSE. I want to go back, for a second, to my tirade on Linda McMahon and what she plans to spend for her US Senate race in Connecticut.

    Say Linda McMahon prevails and spends that $50 million. She will be a Senator for 6 years and be entitled to a salary of $176,000 per year. Now, they say that she has pledged NOT to take a salary. First mistake. There’s no free lunch in American society. So, let’s take it to the next level. She wins. Just what was the cost per hour for her position?

    CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES: $50,000,000

    Total days in a 6 year Senate Term (including leap years): 2,192

    Total hours in a 6 year term: 52,560

    Cost per hour to be a US Senator for 6 years: $951.29

    OK, folks. Once again I am not a rocket scientist but it would cost Ms. McMahon $951.29 per hour for every hour she serves as a US Senator. There are people in this country who don’t make $950 per month much less per hour!

    Conservatives love to slam Progressives with the mantle of “people who want to redistribute the wealth”. Well, you know what? You’re damn right I want a redistribution of wealth. Not from business. I want a wholesale redistribution of the political wealth. I want a decentralization of business wealth from the boardrooms to the locally owned businesses. I want equal access to my government officials – from the local alderman on the corner to my President. I want to know that my voice in the process has equal bearing to that of Bernie Madoff. And further, I want a Federal death penalty for every economic Ponzi scheming corrupt corporatist. That’s right. To me what Mr. Madoff did is tantamount to treason and a punishment less than death is inappropriate.

    So, folks, when you’re buying your groceries at the supermarket this weekend for your Memorial Day family bash remember this. The total of your grocery bill is probably equal to a half hour of a prospective Senator McMahon’s time.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    OK, since that didn’t get you, let’s try this. California GOP Candidate and eBay Mogul Meg Whitman has given her campaign $68 million. Say she serves two terms which is the maximum – that’s 8 years. That’s 70,128 hours or $969.66 per hour. CA pays $206K.

    I wonder how many eBayers had a piece of their fees go to her campaign.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Yer cuttin’ too close to the bone, Silas. That is why nobody is responding. It’s more fun to blab about racism (or neo-racism) than to be cold-bloodedly practical, like you are. The minute you start talking about real money, people tend to shut up real fast.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Indeed, Ruvy. What people fail to realize is political “leaders” are perpetuating the racial divide. They use all the right buzz words, try to be politically correct and quietly allow the bullshit to continue.

    Between Whitman and McMahon alone, we are looking at $118,000,000 spent for political office. If we want real reform. If we want people just like us to represent us in OUR government, all we have to do is change the system. No candidate should be allowed to raise or spend more than the total salary they would earn for a full term in office, period. All paid lobbyists who meet with members of Congress should do so only in the public forum or only in situation where the conversations are recorded in their entirety for public scrutiny. I want to know everything I can about the snake oil lobbyists sell.

    No member of Congress, upon defeat or retirement should be allowed to sit on a corporate board for a minimum of one full term of the office after he/she leaves. No member of Congress upon defeat or retirement should be allowed to lobby another member of Congress until one full term of political office has passed.

    Racial and religious divides can only be bridged when comprehensive election reform is undertaken which assure us all that no citizen is denied the opportunity to serve. It’s simple. It’s clear. It’s fair. Wake up, America, our country is in steep decline.

  • zingzing

    wait, wait. money–MONEY–M-O-N-E-Y–runs politics? who knew? you serious?

    are these people using their own money? or are they gathering it up from supporters, like politicians usually do?

    if they’re using their own money, rather than scrounging for cash, good for them. they obviously really want to make a difference, be it good or bad.

    if they’re using others’ money, well, that’s the way it’s done.

    i don’t think you’re putting forth a very good argument here… unfortunately, that’s the way of politics. money runs it. money gets you in office. money sways your opinions. money makes the world go round. money pays for your mom’s stay on your birthday, money pays for your marriage, money pays your kids’ college tuition, money pays for your funeral. money, money, money.

    why the surprise?

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    zing, our political system is designed to be driven by droves of cash. We must change our political system. I had an interesting conversation with a Canadian journalist tonight on my BlogTalkRadio Show and was quite interested in the Canadian political system as opposed to ours. I was also amazed at how Canadians view our current political dilemmas. We need more of that. Communication between simple folk around the globe talking about perceptions. As we have learned right here at Blogcritics, most foreigners don’t have a deep seated hatred for Americans — it’s our government and how it conducts its business that is the problem.

    You may not think I have a valid point about the cash, zing, but imagine if we did change our elections process….