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  •  When Bush came in, regulation went out (21+ / 0-)

    Bush repeated over and over that he thought that compliance with regulatory standards ought to be voluntary and that the Free Enterprise system would ensure that it was all good.  

    This plant was already out of compliance under Ann Richards, but that was early days and her Administration had only begun to modernize the state's computerized record keeping.  

    Another thing Bush did was to replace serious and educated public administrators who wanted to make the system better and more accountable to the people, and instead put in people who had a lot of contempt for their jobs as agency heads.  The progress on modernizing the management regime pretty well stalled.  

    There is a lot under that rug where this catastrophe is being swept.  

    The entire genesis of the modern Republican Party can be laid to the avid interest of the Texas industries that pollute the most in donating tens of millions, and over the years probably in the billions, to roll back or weaken safety or environmental regulations.  

    If more people knew this story and fully understood it, there would be less credibility in right wing "free enterprise" arguments over regulation.  

    This attitude by the way, had also become pervasive enough that it caused an environment of lax regulatory oversight on Wall Street, leading to you know what.  

    Overall, this line of thinking has been disastrous.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:21:34 PM PDT

    •  Money over Safety (1+ / 0-)
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      Perry and the Republicans don't mind having the blood of patriotic American workers on their hands.  It has always been Money over Safety for them.

      "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

      by oregonj on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:55:45 PM PDT

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