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5. Those of you that read my blog regularily know my political stand on national issues . I urge you to read the editorial by Robert Reich speaking on the wisdom of rebuilding our national infrastructure at this time. http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2011/09/why-this-is-exactly-the-time-to-rebuild-america’s-infrastructure/
In case you don’t remember Mr. Reich – He served in the administrations of Presidents Ford and Carter and was Secretary of Labor under Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is now a Professor of Public Policy at the at the University of California at Berkeley.
5. And from the Daily Kos: "Did the USDA put salmonella in our meat? No, meat-packing corporations did. And they've got enough lawyer-and-lobbyist power to keep the USDA regulators at bay. Did the EPA dump raw oil into the Gulf of Mexico? No, BP did. They cut corners on safety and no regulator was in a position to stop them. Did the government kill the 29 miners at Upper Big Bend coal mine? No, Massey Energy did, and had enough clout to keep the mine going even after inspectors had found more than 500 safety violations."
And still we have politicians running for office saying they would eliminate government regulations! Our world has become so technical that it is absurd to imagine that each person could assess for his or herself whether a product or practice is safe... And how about large corporate operations that are well beyond the scope of individuals citizens to influence...?
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