In a post on the wingnut Andrew Breitbart’s cesspool, some asshat calling himself Todd Thurman makes the following complaint against the Obama administration:
They failed to get rid of the horribly outdated Jones Act that forbids foreign vessels from helping us clean up the gulf.
As usual, Breitbart’s site is the place to go to get the latest noise from the right-wing liar’s club. The facts show clearly that the Jones Act has not impeded the cleanup efforts in the Gulf at all:
In reality, the Jones Act has yet to be an issue in the response efforts. The Deepwater Horizon response team reported in a June 15 press release that there are 15 foreign flagged ships currently participating in the oil spill cleanup. None of them needed a waiver because the Jones Act does not apply. The Jones Act is a trade and commerce law that was enacted in 1920 as part of a larger Marine Merchant Act. It requires all trade delivered between U.S. ports to be carried in U.S. flagged vessels constructed in the United States and owned by American citizens.
[I]nternational assistance has been accepted. To date, 25 countries and four international organizations have offered support in the form of skimming vessels, containment and fire boom, technical assistance and response solutions, among others. A chart provided by the State Department shows that as of June 23 five offers had been accepted and 50 were under consideration — including multiple offers from a single country or entity.
The lies and disinformation spewed daily by the far right in the United States is poisoning our national discourse and making real progress towards a better future in this country utterly impossible. Such so-called “Americans” should be exposed and ridiculed whenever and wherever possible.