The Gulf oil spill is a horrible tragedy. It may take years to even begin to figure out the total damage to the Gulf's eco-system, not to mention the financial toll residents throughout the Gulf are having to endure because of the spill.
As is standard practice, when something catastrophic happens, we turn to the U.S. government for help and guidance. First, we must always remember that the federal government is not always an "all-powerful" entity that can wave a wand and fix a problem. Second, those fixes aren't always the right ones.