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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 01:51 PM
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Obama: We Owe WV Miners More Than Prayers, We Owe Them Action
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Obama: We Owe WV Miners More Than Prayers, We Owe Them Action
Nick Broten | April 15, 2010, 11:53AM

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Stronger mine safety laws were passed in 2006 after the Sago mine disaster. But safety violators like Massey have still been able to find ways to put their bottom line before the safety of their workers -- filing endless appeals instead of paying fines and fixing safety problems.

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The safety record at the Massey Upper Big Branch mine was troubling. And it's clear that while there are many responsible companies, far too many mines aren't doing enough to protect their workers' safety.
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But we do know that this tragedy was triggered by a failure at the Upper Big Branch mine -- a failure first and foremost of management, but also a failure of oversight and a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes that they allow unsafe conditions to continue.

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So today I've directed Secretary Solis, Assistant Secretary Main, and Administrator Stricklin to work closely with state mining officials to press ahead with this investigation -- so we can help make sure a disaster like this never happens again. Owners responsible for conditions in the Upper Big Branch mine should be held accountable for decisions they made and preventive measures they failed to take. And I've asked Secretary Solis to work with the Justice Department to ensure that every tool in the federal government is available in this investigation.

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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 02:05 PM
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1. shows one of the many differences between Obama and Bush
Bush would have said prayers are enough.
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rudy23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 03:07 PM
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5. Bush would have told us all to go shopping. n/t
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 03:10 PM
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6. Ha! nt
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 02:36 PM
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2. Send a collection agency for the safety violation fines this co. owes,
Edited on Thu Apr-15-10 02:37 PM by SPedigrees
Mr. President. That might stop Massey and others from thumbing their noses at past and future worker safety legislation.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 02:51 PM
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3. Some believe praying is an action--and perhaps the most potent action humans can take.
For them, the kind of action to which President Obama was referring is not "more" than prayer.

I wish he had phrased it slightly differently.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 02:56 PM
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4. And Rush is asking "Where are the Unions?"
:puke: Well Rush, Blankenship killed the unions in that mine. If the mine was unionized, safety would have been issue #1.
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 03:45 PM
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7. I do wish ...
that he would wait for the investigation to be completed before he pronounces judgment.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 04:35 PM
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8. Twenty-nine dead miners indicate the mine was unsafe.
Millions of dollars in unpaid fines indicate that there were identified problems that the company failed to correct. While an investigation is needed to determine whether Blankenship needs to spend the rest of his life in prison for bribery, racketeering, and negligent homicide, I think Mr. President is on safe ground in saying that something was seriously wrong with the way the mine was operating.
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 04:24 AM
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9. He said deaths must not be simply the cost of doing business
That's a direct reference to a quote by Boss Blankenshit on mine safety

Give him hell, Barack!
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 05:08 AM
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10. From what I've seen, workers are ignoring safety regulations.
Perhaps harsher treatment for workers is in order?

How does one handle an issue where the workers refuse to wear safety gear, and the bosses are prevented from firing them because of the unions?
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