Friday, May 28, 2010

Scandalous? Hardly

The CBC reported:

that the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS), which is responsible for offshore drilling, had resigned. Liz Birnbaum had run the service since July 2009. Her department had faced intense scrutiny in recent days after a report by the Interior Department said MMS staffers had accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies.

The report "can only be described as appalling," Obama said Thursday. He also accused her office of having a "scandalously close relationship" with oil companies.

Sorry Mr. President, you're rhetoric strikes me as harsh. You're not simply trying to deflect any blame for the unsuccessful clean up efforts from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are you? Seriously if the sins listed in the article are all that was done, there's no scandal at all. Tickets to sporting events are common gifts from companies with season tickets; lunches with clients, suppliers or industry partners are normal and essential for doing business; and other gifts - what does that mean? t-shirts? If so my closet could land me on the wrong side of the President of the United States.

3 comments:

Powell lucas said...

Any time you get a permit issuing bureaucracy also acting as an inspection agency for it's own services you will get corruption.

Patrick O'Neil said...

Are you proposing 2 bureaucracies? One to issue permits and one to do inspections?

One Womans Life said...

Wow,nice even analysis and comments. You must be Canadian!
Thanks, Homie,
Debra