One thing Fox News could do is to report things as they are and not as they imagine them to be. They could support the president and all the people working night and day cleaning up and trying desperately to keep the oil from spreading. They could provide food and water. They wouldn't even have to raise money because Rupert Murdoch is a veritable fountain of dough.
Since they're all good back slapping Christians - at least that's what they tell us - the right should quit talking the talk and start walking the walk.
Sounds simple enough but these are ugly times. It's not like the Depression when neighbors and communities came together to help each other. It's not like World War II when Democrats and Republicans lined up behind the president to volunteer not only for the armed services but to roll bandages and dance with the men.
commerce between U.S. ports on the inland and intracoastal (sic) waterways be reserved for vessels" that are U.S. built, owned, manned and registered under U.S. law.
A few weeks ago, the Heritage Foundation posted an article accusing the Obama administration of not accepting offers of help from foreign nations. They further criticized the government for not waiving the Jones Act.
Of course they criticized the MSM for not covering the story. And it didn't - probably for the same reason I didn't pursue it: the only place you could find mention of it was on right-wing blogs. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but I recognize a red flag when I see it.
On the same day that the article appeared on the Internet, June 10, "Heritage Foundation fellow Joseph Carafano set the tone on Fox News, noting that foreign ships are being sidelined because 'this is a big thing for unions. The unions see it as…protecting jobs. They hate when the Jones Act gets waived, and they pound on politicians when they do that.'"
Obama’s critics insist he should follow the lead of his predecessor. "In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Bush administration didn't hesitate to waive the law completely in an emergency," John Fund wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
. . . It is true that Bush issued a Jones Act waiver post-Katrina. But he did so not to help relief efforts, but rather as a gift to the oil industry. The waiver allowed firms to use unregulated foreign vessels to ship oil and gas from local refineries that were damaged in the hurricane.
At the same time he waived the Jones Act, Bush suspended anti-pollution laws for gasoline.
Flash forward to the Gulf Oil Spill: On June 15, Adm. Thad Allen, the Coast Guard's point man on the disaster, issued a press release noting that there are already 15 foreign-flagged ships working the spill—the act only applies to ships operating within three miles of shore, and there's plenty of work to be done outside that boundary.
. . . Shipping companies that rely on foreign vessels have long hoped to amend the act so that they can compete domestically without paying US taxes or complying with domestic labor, environmental, or safety regulations. (Many of these, such as the Virginia-based Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry, are American companies.) Firms that would prefer to save money by using foreign-registered ships have also griped about the Jones Act.
There's one big reason the Jones Act, this union-friendly protectionist measure, has managed to survive a frontal assault by big corporations: national security. The act's requirements that domestic vessels be owned, registered, and built in America—and largely operated by US crews—ensures that there are sufficient working shipyards and skilled labor to supply the military's needs.
Had Obama waived the Jones Act, the same group of malcontents would have "accused him of sacrificing national security for the environment and a chance to export jobs to his European socialist friends."
If the right-wing were truly made up of patriotic Americans, this is what they would be thinking about and doing something about - not criticizing and obstructing.