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Merchant 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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