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Friday, January 06, 2006

On a different subject - same perpetrator

Usually the Chicago Sun-Times Quick Takes is funny. It's major talent lies in pointing out absurdity in its many forms. This is absurdity, but it's not a bit funny.

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News Item: Bush administration pushes budget cuts for federal mine safety enforcement.

News Item: Bush administration eases coal mine safety rules.

News Item: White House spokesman says mine safety is "a priority" for the Bush administration.

A priority. Well. Of a certain kind

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  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 2:57:00 AM , Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

    The whole push for deregulation is quite dangerous. People forget why the regulations were enacted in the first place.
    Case in point: The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Before that time, a company could label a bottle of pills "contains aspirin" if only one out of 100 pills contained any amount of aspirin. Now, the pharmaceutical industry is writing their own guidelines.
    I remember reading in the paper a warning that eating too much tuna is bad for you because of the high levels of mercury found in it. The really odd thing is that, two years earlier, I had read an article in the same paper warning not to feed canned tuna to your cat because of the high levels of mercury in it. And now, instead of figuring out how to keep the mercury from getting into the fish, they're re-writing the regulations to redefine what levels are dangerous.
    But think of all the coal miners in W Va that would have been gay-married by now if Pres Bush hadn't protected them...

     
  • At Saturday, January 07, 2006 3:12:00 AM , Blogger Worried said...

    I wonder how the dying miners as they suffered during their last hours, and now their families and friends, feel about how the President has "protected" them.

    Welcome Progressive Traditionalist..Glad to have you visit us. Good comments!

     

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