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  •  If you don't outlaw it, it's not illegal. (0+ / 0-)

    You're argument is:

    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate corruption because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.

    Ok.  Let's see how that logic changes our system of justice and our American way of life:  

    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate murder because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate armed robbery because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate tax evasion because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
     (That example was a favorite of Bush-the-Lesser.)
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate OTC Derivative Trade  because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate campaign finance-related bribery by means of corporate shell-persons  because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate toxic waste dumping because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate unsafe consumer products because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
     (Intentional dup. )
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate corruption because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate child labor because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.
    It's absurd.  You can never legislate or regulate [insert heinous crime of your choice] because by it's very definition it is outside laws and regulations.

    So that's why we don't legislate or regulate any of these things.  We leave them to the enlightened self-interest of the "market".

    Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you should throw them back.

    by Into The Woods on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 03:37:16 PM PDT

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    •  I See You Are Trying To Not Understand (3+ / 0-)
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      mattman, Into The Woods, Terranova0

      The point was not about American law in general.  The point was about the fact that in real life corruption exists on every level in some degree.

      And there is zero room for tolerance of corruption with regards to nuclear safety.

      Therefore, there is no room for nuclear power, because even miniscule error means horrific consequence for generations.

      There's some wiggle room for corruption in coal.  Some in oil.  Tons in solar, hydro, geothermal, wind, fresnel and so forth.  There is ZERO wiggle room for corruption with nuclear.

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