Marine Act of 1920
It keeps foreign boats from helping in the Gulf
Obama said some things I liked Tuesday night "Now
is the time to get off oil"
but he also said some things that were downright
crazy, "God will protect us."
On the CBS Evening News, someone asked Obama to
wave the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
The Merchant Marine Act regulates maritime
commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports.
Section 27, also known as the Jones Act, deals
with coastal shipping and requires that all goods
transported by water between U.S. ports be
carried in U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States,
owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S.
citizens and U.S. permanent residents.
CBS investigated and was told Obama HAS waived
the the Merchant Marine Act
and that there were now 15 boats from other countries
helping in the Gulf.
Don't we want to get the Gulf back, someday, maybe
for your grandchildren?
What about 1500
foreign-owned boats helping clean the Gulf?
I realize this is a BIG mess and Obama is probably
doing his best
but fifteen boats (after 54 days of spewing)
doesn't sound very serious to me.
We need a Marshall Plan here.
We need a "Go to the Moon" program here.
This is looking more like a bake sale.
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