Utterly Ridiculous: Coast Guard Stops Oil-Sucking Barges for Life Vests

by Kurt Schulzke on June 18, 2010

You can tell governance in the United States is upside-down when a mere Lt. Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard can force a state’s governor — in this case Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal — to stand down barges saving the state’s coast line from an oil spill.  Not to mention that the spill itself is the proximate result of Coast Guard and other federal-government misfeasance.

Beyond the assinine behavior of the Coast Guard is this oddly deferential reportage by ABC writers David Muir and Bradley Blackburn:

“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'”

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.

“We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.

Reasons that Jindal found frustrating? Trust me, Jindal is not alone. “All in this together?”  I don’t think so.

Hence, for 24 more precious hours, the U.S. so-called Coast “Guard” forced Bobby Jindal to let oil wash up on the shores of Louisiana. All because the Coast “Guard” couldn’t verify that fire extinguishers and life vests were on board a bunch of barges.  There are very good reasons for the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This story illustrates one of them.