The President of the United States was up to his old tricks on Tuesday night when he addressed the nation with his plan to clean up the Gulf of Mexico and prevent future spills. These old tricks were the usual; read words off a teleprompter, avoid the central issues, misdirect the current crisis to achieve an ancillary agenda and claim total competency while blaming everybody else. There were some highly inaccurate statements in the President’s speech even by his standards, however the most glaring is the claim that the Federal government is taking all the steps they can to protect the coastline and the fragile Gulf region. This is simply not the case. The Federal Government has routinely refused viable methods (see previous post here) with the most egregious example being the refusal to waive the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 also known as the Jones Act. An Administration so fascinated by the power of executive fiat is stuggling to satisfy the Left with their lack of response and Executive dictation in regards to the Gulf spill.