Take, for example, the shortage of oil skimming ships in the Gulf. There’s a whole flotilla of them on offer from a variety of European sources. They cannot, however, be used.
For there is this thing called the Jones Act. It started out, in the 20s (think that’s right) as a way to support the US Merchant Marine. It is now simply a support for the US Seamen’s unions.
What it says is that only US owned and crewed ships may operate in US coastal waters.
Thus those European owned and crewed ones may not: however much they might be needed, however much good they might do.
This is clear evidence of how jingoism is a load of shit. Because of a law passed to to support US business, people's lives are being destroyed. There is no real difference between this fatuity on the one hand and the MOD "buying British" or "British jobs for British workers" or "British energy independence" or anything the BNP proposes on the other.
Of course, it is possible for the US Government to provide a waiver. Bush’s lot managed it within two days of Katrina for example. Obama’s lot has not: indeed, for political reasons probably cannot, given the way in which the Democratic Party relies upon union support.
Happily, this just goes to highlight another veracity of the effectiveness of government: perception is everything. Bush was coruscated for his ineffective handling of Katrina, yet he behaved according to the law by holding back until he was asked for assistance by the State Governor. And when he was asked for help, he was (in this one particular case at least) quick to do so.
Yet Barack has merely played to the gallery on this one and is putting party donations ahead of the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands or millions of Americans. But because he controls the media narrative, he's seen as "doing something", even though all he's doing is posturing like a motherfucker.
The fucking cunt. And the media happily playing along with this shit are fucking cunts too.