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Bangladesh has arrested negligent factory owners after 377 people were killed in a building collapse. Meanwhile, in Texas, their mentally challenged GOP governor, Rick Perry, only whines about a cartoon that accurately links exploding factories in Texas to the Gov selling Texas to businesses as a better outsourcing solution than China.

See article about arrest in Bangladesh factory collapse here
See article about Rick Perry's alligator tears here....

A couple notes of irony:
First: Anyone capable of reading and with a remote sense of curiosity is aware of the environmental nightmare taking place in China as a result of their complete lack of regulation. Clean water and air are not things you can count on when you visit there.  See this link regarding China's air pollution problem  So for Gov Perry to brag about the lack of regulation and government oversight, well, if you like China, you'll love Texas.  

Second: What happened to, "Corporations are people my friend."  - a famous Mitt Romney quote and the new doctrine established by our conservative supreme court?  If so, why haven't we arrested the corporate officers of that fertilizer plant?  If dangerous quantities of explosive material were secretly being stored there, and the result is 15 dead citizens, why are there not people in handcuffs?  If corporations are people, I want to see one in jail. Perhaps if we arrest a few, they will go begging to the supreme court claiming that they really aren't people after all.

Bangladesh, a so-called "developing country" has no problem handcuffing the owners of that factory killed many people due to their negligence.  If Texas doesn't doesn't have the gonads to put someone in handcuffs, perhaps Eric Holder should look into federal charges.  Then again, BP paid 4.5 BILLION dollars to settle CRIMINAL charges related to the spill that also killed 11 people.  

Since when do non-corporate people get to simply buy their way out of jail?

Time to set an example. If corporations want the rights of people, time to give them the responsibilities of people.  That means going to jail when you negligently kill people.

Originally posted to Penthesilea on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:44 PM PDT.

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  •  Who are the "corporate officers"? (4+ / 0-)
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    VClib, skohayes, FG, native

    There's an 83 year old life time community member who bought the plant a few years ago, when the community feared it would be shut down and they would lose its services.  At that point he was retired, having spent 30 years doing millwork at a nearby tire factory. There's a 70+ year old plant manager, also a home town guy, who has worked at the plant for nearly 50 years.  Other than that they have about a dozen workers.  Who do you have in mind for your perp walk?

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:58:02 PM PDT

  •  Pent - this is the fourth or fifth diary comparing (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, FG

    the two tragedies and all have nearly identical titles.

    Two points, although Mitt Romney believes that "corporations are people my friend" the SCOTUS has never agreed. What the SCOTUS has stated, going back to 1886, is that corporations have some of the same rights as people but they have always had a clear line between "human persons" and associations of persons such as clubs, unions, and corporations. A good example is the majority opinion in Citizens United. Corporations are NOT people.

    Regarding the Texas explosion none of us know that a crime has been committed. It is a tragedy for sure, but may have been an accident, or caused by an employee mistake. The state, local, and federal authorities are in the early stages of their investigations. I am sure that both the local DA and regional US Attorney will look at all the facts when the investigations are completed and decide if a criminal statute was violated and, if so, will charge 80+ year old Donald Adair. Isn't that what we would hope the process would be?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:19:30 PM PDT

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