The following story and video were brought to my attention in a Downsize DC dispatch sent earlier today.

The federal government is hampering the clean up effort in the Gulf Area through the enforcement of bureaucratic regulations and protectionist policies.. The Obama administration refuses to waive the anti free market Jones Act that would allow foreign vessels to assist. The Jones Act is a 1920's era labor protectionism law that does not allow foreign competition in our waterways. Belgian, Dutch, and Norwegian firms who offered assistance have been turned away.

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