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  •  mine safety measures (1+ / 0-)
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    PinHole

    have been strictly kept during the past decades, but its people like Don blankenship who cut the regulations in order to make more money.  Rockefeller has done a lot for the state.  If you approach the situation with any intellectual honesty you can't blame Rockefeller for the mining disaster.

    "There are several causes for which I'd die, but none for which I'd kill."-Ghandi

    by CharlesCorra12 on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 07:33:01 PM PDT

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    •  Not Good Enough (0+ / 0-)

      If people like Blankenship can routinely avoid regulations and leave mine workers unsafe, then the regulations aren't good enough.

      If you have any honesty, you admit that Rockefeller hasn't used the power any senator has to hold up the entire Senate to ensure the miners are protected. Theres a dozen newly dead miners in W Virginia for whom Rockefeller wasn't good enough. Byrd neither.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 07:43:43 PM PDT

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      •  I mean (2+ / 0-)
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        if you want to blame the deaths on them thats your issue.  yes, more strict regulations are needed and for that they didn't follow through as much as they should have, but the lobby of Massey Energy dominates the state and makes it nearly impossible.  Its literally the state's foundation (coal) and massey energy has a stranglehold on it.

        "There are several causes for which I'd die, but none for which I'd kill."-Ghandi

        by CharlesCorra12 on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 07:45:50 PM PDT

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        •  Stranglehold on Rockefeller & Byrd (0+ / 0-)

          So at least you admit that Rockefeller and Byrd didn't follow through as much as they should have. That they didn't because Blankenship's got too much influence over them.

          But I'm not simply blaming the deaths on them. They have their share of the blame. Because their job is to protect those miners, and other miners across the country, by following through as much as they should have. Which we agree they didn't.

          So it's not just "my issue". It's the issue. We have a Senate not to represent some big energy company from West Virginia, but to represent the people. Rockefeller and Byrd represent Blankenship, not the many miners who outnumber Blankenship and his cronies in this supposed democracy.

          Which is a lot different from "Rockefeller is a good man and loves this state". It's "Rockefeller is Blankenship's man and fails this state". And Byrd, too. Just ask the dead miners how much good they've done for WV. They won't have a lot to report.

          "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

          by DocGonzo on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 04:30:33 AM PDT

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