In yet another genius move, the federal government has halted the dredging that was being done to create protective barriers along the Louisiana coastline. Governor Bobby Jindal had been begging the feds for weeks for the permits to build the sand berms, which will protect coastal wildlife and marshland from the encroaching oil. The feds stalled as they conducted "environmental surveys." The only "environmental survey" that matters is the one headed to the coast, killing everything in its path.
About a week or two ago, Jindal took matters into his own hands and ordered the sand berms built. The feds brought up the rear, as usual, and agreed to just a handful of them. Construction had just about begun when the feds threw the brakes on the project again today.
Apparently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department had "concerns" about where the dredging is being done.
Um....memo to the Fish and Wildlife Dept: there will BE NO FISH AND WILDLIFE if you keep screwing around.
The entire federal bungling of the oil spill has proven what conservatives have always argued: that the federal government is an inefficient, lumbering, expensive, soul-sucking, and more times than not counterproductive force. Protect us from enemies foreign and domestic, and then get out of the way.
Still, all of this bumbling may eventually have a silver lining: it may spell the end of whatever remains of the appeal of big government.