Lets asume they lifted or lift the Jones Act today. It still takes weeks to get the skimmer ships here, plus the crew to man them.
Had the Jones Act been lifted days after the explosion the proper ships could have focused around the spill. Now its so bad they have to clean the whole Gulf.
Rather it be 5k gallons a day or 500K gallons a day the goverment sat on their hands instead of making a decison on a timley manner. That is the difference between a businessman and a politian.