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Thursday, January 05, 2006

MyDD :: The Sago Mines: Negligence by the Republicans

The Sago Mines: Negligence by the Republicans
by Matt Stoller
 
I want to follow up on Scott's post on the mining deaths.  Leon H at Redstate went apoplectic at Scott's reasoned discussion of the mining accident.  I consider Redstate the smartest right-wing site on the internet; it's run by professional right-wing consultants who see politics as a blood sport. In this case, they are scared of the Sago mining accident because of what it reveals. 
 
Leon H's post against Scott just gets the facts wrong.  He posits that government regulation of the mines were working, since the mine had been fined 208 times in 2005.  Apparently, this was simply an act of God, with no responsiblity for anyone involved.  Leon H says this about the fines:
 
"A reasonable man who knows next to nothing about coal mining, or the coal mining industry, but I'll grant the fact that a mine which has been fined 208 times (I believe this is within a 2 year period) ought to have at the very least been fined into oblivion."
 
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...great comment by 'coalminer' follows the article. here's a quote:
 
"I was a Coal Miner Near this Mine:Bush Failed Them (3.00 / 1)
 
"I would also add even more so the company failed them. Furthermore this was a nonunion mine and that too elimanated any voice these miners had in the safety issues involved. I worked ten years as an underground coal miner, several of them in a union mine about thirty miles away. Basically these miners died because the company and the labor department (and by extension the Bush administration) failed to enforce the minimal standards here."
 
 
 

1 Comments:

Blogger qrswave said...

Yes, it was a failure, alright. But, there is more to this than meets the eye.

1/06/2006 12:33 PM  

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