Safety First

How Soviet is our society becoming?

Eight days ago, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal ordered barges to start sucking oil out of the Gulf. It was working great until the Coast Guard ordered them to stop.
"The Coast Guard came and shut them down," Jindal said. "You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, 'Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'"
The reason?
The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.
Nikita Kruschev couldn't do better himself.