The headline on Yahoo! this morning made me burst out laughing: BP says unprepared for Gulf spill; pipe awaits cut.
Unprepared? Ya think?
Some on the Right are angry because the President has dared to criticize BP. Some on the Left are disappointed that the President has not nationalized BP to punish it for its transgressions. And a whole lot of people have noticed, once again, that government regulation -- the rules that are supposed to prevent corporations from doing stupid things just like this -- isn't working very well. Some have pointed out a cozy relationship between regulators and regulatees:
The real lesson to be learned from this nightmare is not that government is the enemy. Neither is it that government is our friend. Government is the neutral that provides a level playing field, that balances the needs of the fishermen and tourist industry against the needs of the
Another lesson we can learn from all this concerns the variety of animals in the Wild Kingdom. Some creatures will suffer more from this than others.
Gosh, I wish it were the weasels, too.