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  •  They want less regulation, (8+ / 0-)

    Texas Republicans continue to spew their anti-regulatory nonsense and push for less regulation.

    In Austin, Thursday, a Senate committee (Republican stacked) voted  6-3  for legislation “streamlining” (read: weakening) the process that communities and environmental groups can use to challenge permits to pollute.

    While the facts of the plant explosion and the death and injuries are being counted, they double down.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 11:33:25 AM PDT

    •  it's hard to have less than zero regulation (4+ / 0-)
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      but by God, if anyone can do it, Texas Republicans will.

      "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Goethe

      by jlynne on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:34:46 PM PDT

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    •  I second this (4+ / 0-)
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      DRo, judyms9, clecinosu, DSPS owl

      There are two groups in texas.  One that lives in urban areas that see everyday what the government does.  The other see their tax dollars benefiting people who do not look like them, do not see how taxes help them do anything, and pretty much want to do as they please, just good old boys trying to make a living.

      I do not see anything wrong with this later group, except that they whine when something goes wrong.  And what do they have to complain about?  That the plant was too regulation.  The EPA was not able do anything to make the plant safer.  OSHA has not been there since the 80s', when they "fined $30 for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia."

      These are the people who voted for Perry who wants to get rid of EPA.  Yes they are hurting, need disaster relief, and ned disaster relief funds.  I would rather see those come from Texas than the Feds, as texas has a huge surplus.  We in texas need to bear the brunt of this to determine if this zero regulation thing is really worth the price.  Externalizing the cost to the feds is just to make the wing nuts more determined to trade profit for human life.

    •  Big Oil owns Rick Perry and the Texas GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

      by Lefty Coaster on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:42:17 PM PDT

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