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Incredible! Townfolk where Texas plant explosion killed 14 not concerned about lax regulations!

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There must be something in the water that makes some Texans so strange.

Consider THIS:

It’s been nearly a month since a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded [above], killing at least 14 people, and injuring more than 200 others, while leveling a significant part of the small town. It’s tempting to think, after a disaster of this magnitude, that the community and their officials would start asking some important questions about prevention and public safety.

And it’d be quite a list. There could, for example, be a conversation about the fact that the plant had no alarms, automatic shutoff system or firewall. There could also be a discussion about zoning laws that allowed a highly-explosive plant to be built across the street from two schools and a nursing home. It might also be time for a chat about liability insurance and environmental safeguards.

But none of these conversations is likely to happen.

This antipathy toward regulations is shared by many residents here. Politicians and economists credit the stance with helping attract jobs and investment to Texas, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, and with winning the state a year-after-year ranking as the nation’s most business friendly.

Even in West, last month’s devastating blast did little to shake local skepticism of government regulations. Tommy Muska, the mayor, echoed Governor Perry in the view that tougher zoning or fire safety rules would not have saved his town. “Monday morning quarterbacking,” he said.

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17 Comments

  1. Steverino

    Perhaps Governor Stupid will scratch his head again when the lawsuits come due.

  2. Craig Knauss

    Never underestimate the power of a bunch of dumb hicks. I see lots of that where I live now.

  3. TeeGeeRoo

    Never underestimate the amount of time, money, and freedom you will have to sacrifice in order to blanket a problem with red tape. Faith in the magic of government is sending us racing towards socialism (could have saved time by just letting Hitler take over).

    I’m not a dumb hick, but I’m convinced words (i.e., regulations) actually do very little to change the world. Education (not brainwashing) and watching out for ourselves are the only things that actually protect us. The world is dangerous, no amount of regulation will ever change that fact.

  4. TeeGeeRoo: By God, you’re right.

    We don’t any food inspections or traffic regulations or any of that other socialist stuff.

    Thanks for bringing the truth to light.

  5. TeeGeeRoo

    My food contains herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, hormones, antibiotics, has been irradiated, and contains preservatives (much of that due to regulation, to make me “safe”). Yet, people still get poisoned by vegetables sprayed with raw sewage.

    ~40,000 deaths a year occur on the roads, regardless of the laws.

  6. expdoc

    And liberals wonder why we don’t want the government to have more power! This is scary.

    http://www.jsonline.com/newswatch/206918751.html

    The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

    IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

  7. Craig Knauss

    TeeGeeRoo,

    Hate to tell you this, but Hitler wasn’t a socialist. He hated socialists and communists. He was one of your red-blooded ultra-conservatives.

    And BTW, all that crap put on your food is there because it is NOT closely regulated. If it’s found out to be harmful, then regulations will prohibit its use. And regulations don’t do much when they’re not enforced e.g., Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion.

  8. Robert

    OT – I don’t like this new page format. I have to go into an article that Pat post, open it up fully to see the comments and who made the latest post and to what story. That last comments information used to reside on the homepage for Applesauce. So I could who posted to what story. The old format used to show how many comment were made on a story. Not anymore, at least not on the list of stories.. Just giving my opinion.

  9. Craig Knauss

    So, doc, you don’t think government regulations do any good? When was our last typhoid, or cholera, or smallpox, or bubonic epidemic?

    And have you forgotten that the AIDS epidemic could have been severely curtailed if Ronald Reagan had done something other than listen to Jerry Falwell’s advice: “It’s God’s punishment for gays”?

    And I wish you could have seen the area around Gary, IN before EPA was created. The sky was literally orange with iron oxide smoke and it stank like burned sulfur.

    Yeah, who needs regulations? The private sector would have fixed all that. (ROFLMAO)

  10. TeeGeeRoo

    Craig Knauss:

    I’m not a conservative. You assume a lot.

    I realize that much of what the food producers do is driven purely by profit motivation. However, I do not expect the government to protect me, that is up to me.

    If dangerous food additives were destined to be banned, why is aspartame (NutraSweet) in so many products? It has remained, for years, the number one source of non-drug FDA complaints.

    Which brings us back to profit motivation, and back to Nazis. What we have currently is facism, according to Mussolini’s definition:

    “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini

  11. Robert

    “If dangerous food additives were destined to be banned, why is aspartame (NutraSweet) in so many products? ” And no I don’t think you’re a conservative just because you don’t trust the oversight agencies. I think most here on the left and center no the system is broken.

    Because the company that produces it is well connected. I understand what you’re saying about items being approved that probably should be. Used to be a time when the FDA and other oversight agencies couldn’t be intimidated or bought off. Now people in those agencies seek employment in the private companies they oversaw. It’s very corrupt. Kind of goes back to another post I made, where I said the Republicans are good at demonizing government, because its their goal to break it (whatever agency they’re currently bad mouthing), then point their finger and say see, I told you government is no good.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robbie-gennet/donald-rumsfeld-and-the-s_b_805581.html

  12. Robert

    Correction – “being approved that probably shouldn’t be”

  13. expdoc

    So Craig,

    First, learn to read. I didn’t say anything about government regulations doing no good.

    I am however seriously worried about government overreach and excessive involvement in our lives.

    You think that it is OK for the IRS to target groups for audit and harassment because of their expression of their political beliefs?

    And you wonder why someone would want to be anonymous when posting on a political blog? ROFLMAO!

    If true, that is all I need to know about you.

  14. Craig Knauss

    So, doc, please tell us just how much regulation is “overreach”. How much involvement is “excessive”? Your statements were very generalized which leaves one with the impression that you regard most regulations as overreach and excessive.

    On the surface it does sound like the IRS is overreaching. However, I see the rightwing wanting to do the same thing with Planned Parenthood and other non-conservative organizations. That’s just as wrong.

    BTW, I noticed you did not provide any details of how reduced regulation would encourage the private sector to do the proper thing. Because we know they won’t.

  15. expdoc

    So, Craig, please tell us just how much regulation is enough? Perhaps outright government ownership and control of all business and industry will keep us maximally protected from ourselves?

    The IRS definitely was overreaching.

    What proregulation zealots fail to realize is that too much regulation hurts just as much as not enough.

  16. Craig Knauss

    doc, since you won’t answer my questions, why should I answer yours?

    You seem to be one of those that constantly whine about government regulations of any type or substance. What has a higher priority for you, corporate profits or public safety? Personal convenience or public safety? Should a company be allowed to build a high-level radioactive waste dump across the street from your house because they got the land cheap or it reduces their operating cost by a few dollars a day? Should your next door neighbor be allowed to store dynamite in his home because it’s convenient for him? Should the Second Amendment guy who lives right behind you be allowed to shoot targets in his backyard using high power, armor piercing ammo? Or should the slack-jawed kid that delivers pizzas be allowed to perform surgery in your clinic in his spare time?

    Like I asked, how much regulation is too much?

  17. expdoc

    Because I am trying to have a dialogue with you on an important topic.
    Don’t judge what I do all of the time by the trivial things posted on a trivial website.
    Neither.
    Neither.
    No.
    Maybe.
    No.
    No.
    It depends.

    There. I answered all of your questions.

    The IRS story is going to get alot worse. And that is not about regulation it is about political intimidation and the abuse of power. We should all be outraged by such behavior.

    Too much regulation does in fact cause harm and cost people their lives and livelihoods. I see it every single day.

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