Friday, May 10, 2013

Department of Negligent Homicide

Bidness-friendly Tex. Gov. and future Just For Men spokesman Rick "Oops" Perry thinks that gummint regulation wouldn't have prevented the devastating explosion at West, TX last month:
"Five days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled a wide swath of this town, Gov. Rick Perry tried to woo Illinois business officials by trumpeting his state’s low taxes and limited regulations. Asked about the disaster, Mr. Perry responded that more government intervention and increased spending on safety inspections would not have prevented what has become one of the nation’s worst industrial accidents in decades."
This was a plant that hadn't been inspected in nearly 30 years, and that hadn't bothered to report its enormous and illegal stockpile of nitrate fertilizer (of the kind used in the Oklahoma City bombing) to the Department of Homeland Security.  With Perry and his fellow e coli / bridge collapse conservatives in charge, you can say that in Texas, "Business is Booming."

UPDATE:  Then again, "Oops" might have spoken prematurely, as Texas law enforcement officials have opened a criminal investigation into the explosion.  Yeehaw.

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