As mentioned in yesterday's blog
by Raine, the disaster at the West, TX fertilizer plant was the result of lax oversight provided by the TX government, and lax adherence to rules by the factory owners. This is all by intention, to hear Governor Rick Perry tell it
. This is all part of the Republican mantra - let the free market decide. The factory in TX apparently "free-marketed" itself into a smoldering hole in the ground, taking 35 people with it.
That just seems to be part of the Libertarian "I-got-mine" concept, where everyone is free to grab whatever they can as fast as they can, and who cares who gets stepped on along the way. This is essentially how America operated 100 years ago during the "gilded" age, where children worked long hours at factories, and deaths were common. "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair describes these conditions at meat packing plants in Chicago, but that pattern was repeated everywhere across America. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
in 1911 resulted in 146 deaths, and the beginning of a turnaround for worker safety.
32 comments (Latest Comment: 04/26/2013 03:16:01 by Will in Chicago