I would like to thank BP for accidently creating a teachable moment for our political class. Prior to the gulf cluster-fuck the most ethical congress in history did not know that fluid dynamics is one of the hardest of the hard sciences. But, after two months of heroic attempts to contain the spill with blame games, bribes, threats, legislative initiatives and golf it’s finally dawning on the powerful minds that rule us that fluids cannot be bought-off, community-organized, press-marginalized or change-the-channel ignored. Reality is such an unfair bitch.
Last night, sensing a disturbance in the zeitgeist, Obama subjected our nation to a rousing I did not have sex with that oil spill speech. The One’s words soared but we, the little unworthy peons, were as unmoved as oil soaked pelicans. Even our Obamabot leg tinglers failed to detect executive command.
I wish I could say I am disappointed but I wrote this government off a longtime ago. The stark fiscal, technical and rhetorical incompetence they display every day is no more surprising than sunshine. The oil spill is an infuriating accidental disaster but it’s not the biggest spill confronting us. That would be our insane, reckless and entirely man caused deficit spending.
Let’s do some arithmetic. Let’s assume the unhinged moonbats turned reservoir engineers have pulled the correct gulf spill rate of 100,000 barrels/day out of their asses. Let’s also assume an oil price of $80 dollars/barrel. When you multiply everything together you find that
8000000 = 1e5 * 80
eight millions dollars of oil is spilling into the gulf every day. Sounds bad. Let’s compare that to our government’s fiscal spill. The deficit for this fiscal year is expected to approach 1.3 trillion dollars. This works out to
3.56164384e9 = 1.3e12 % 365
roughly 3.6 billion dollars/day or 445 times the gulf spill rate! If I could plug only one damn hole I know which one I’d choose!