Even I am amazed at the rampant hypocrisy of Republicans who are demanding widespread government intervention over the oil spill. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, at one-time a supposed leader for the 2012 Republican nomination and a constant yapper about small government, is demanding more activist government intervention. OK, he's the governor of Louisiana and he has to win reelection. So his hypocrisy might make sense. But then there's Minnesota lunatic Michelle Bachmann:
BACHMANN: The administration, they were hands off. They didn’t do anything. Where were the boats that could have been commandeered by the government to be sent into this region to deal with that oil plume as it was coming up in the water and destroying marine life? Nowhere to be found. Why? The administration was hands off on this policy.
But I thought the federal government was supposed to be so small you could drown it in a bathtub?
What's really going on here of course is that the Teabaggers don't want a small government. What they want is a government that doesn't help black people or the poor. They love big government when it fights wars in random countries, subsidizes home loans for their McMansions, builds their roads, and limits abortion access. With the oil spill, they feel the government should get in there and protect their Pensacola vacations. What's the Redneck Riviera without the Rednecks?
But when the government tries to ensure equal educational opportunities for African-Americans, when it tries to make sure that poor people receive health care, and when it tries to allow gays and lesbians to serve their country on an equal basis, why then it's big government intervention!!!!11!!!
What total hypocrites.