These Boots Are Made For Walking: My view of the Gulf Oil Spill

Contrary to popular belief starting your own business is easy.  It is the bureaucratic red tape you have to keep up with and making sure the monkeys with their hand out get their palm greased properly which is the frustrating part.

The process of developing my products from conception to market provided me with such a creative high that you could only imagine the buzz-kill I got when the government agencies that I never knew existed starting sending me letters regarding the paperwork I had to fill out and “fees” I had to pay.  All this of course is for consumer and my protection

Those that know me are aware of my interest in conspiracy theories. No I don’t believe them but it is the incredible creativity and thought process that goes into inventing these concoctions that fascinates me so bear with me I’m about to use them.

I despise politics and even worse politicians.  “Red tape” to me is political insurance to maintain their job security which leads me to believe that BP was playin’ where they shouldn’t been playin’ and someone was getting paid off to so they could.

It is hilarious to watch Politicians offering their lip service while playfully yelling at the BP CEO (who reminds me too much of MR. BEAN) while the talk show hosts cherry pick topics for ratings by blaming the Left and the Right for each other’s foibles.  However they fail to address the reason the clean-up and closing off the leak is taking so long…RED TAPE.

Red Tape is holding back Americans ingenuity and the oil spill is a prime example of how.  This is one situation where I love being a part of the effects industry.  We are presented with something the Director asks for and we figure out how to get it done and do it right.  There is very little paperwork.  A contract is written, we do our job, and checks get handed out.   The creative process drives us and this is why I have so much respect for Kevin Costner and James Cameron for stepping up to the plate with the bureaucrats who’s only way of thinking is “how can I make money of this and stay employed another term?”  Believe me…if they could keep up with the work ethic of filmmakers (average 14 or more hours per day, 8 hour turn around for the lucky, 6 days a week, day off is usually prepping for the next week) we would have solar powered flying cars and jet packs by now.

Although Kevin Costner is getting his shot I would love to see Cameron in charge.  Look up rumors of his behavior on set (and I know a few personal stories).  Filmmakers (and most creative jobs) have the mind set of getting things done while Washington has the mind set to provide the legalese to the process to get things done and they rarely get that right which is why the Gulf is such a mess right now.

It is hard for me to believe that this Global apartment we now live in that ONE PERSON doesn’t have a solution and that other countries have not offered their services to help clean.

The feeding frenzy of lawyers must be going over every bit of paperwork while those that have ideas to stop this can’t be heard and those that have equipment to help won’t get used.  The amount of paperwork that would lead up to ideas to be implemented and to make sure equipment is used properly must be staggering.  The red tape between using another country’s services must take weeks to go through and implement.  To make matters even worse is that I can only imagine the amount of help and ideas that ARE being offered which the corporations that control the U.S. government (lobbying is a kinder word for bribery folks) even ALLOW anyone to become aware of.

The Grab-it Pack and Clinch Wallet do not provide me with the same monetary satisfaction that oil has done for BP nor does my business require thousands of department divisions and employees so I can only imagine the red tape they must go through but I can see the actual scope of the situation and paperwork involved is preventing anything from getting taken care of.

I’m sure they have the solution but it’s stuck on the pile for review like a script reader scouring through pages to discover the next MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS opus.  But instead of going into production it gets in line for bureaucratic process.  Unfortunately this is what also prevents small businesses from being successful.

Blaming BP, the President, and whoever else is involved is just a waste of oxygen because none of them have any idea what paper work should be filled out first.

Are you ready boots?  Start walkin’!


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