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Andrew Langer's Op-ed in the Daily Caller

Published Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:00 am
by Andrew Langer

The aftermath of the BP oil rig disaster has been front-and-center in the last month. Invariably, when discussing the response to the disaster, the following question is asked, “Why has this president and his administration dragged their collective feet in their response to this?” It’s not a question with an easy answer. One could speculate about vested interests, but that would only serve to fuel conspiracy theories and not help solve the actual problems. One could mention the glacial pace of bureaucracies in a general sense but, again, that line of reasoning doesn’t solve problems.

But even when discussing real solutions, like harnessing the free-market and putting competition to work in cleaning up the actual mess, or having BP issue an “X-Prize” type challenge, there is still a nagging question that remains: why hasn’t this president acted as the red-tape-cutter-in-chief, which ought to be his primary job in all of this.

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