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  •  When you think about it, it's pretty disgusting. (18+ / 0-)

    Seems like Perry thinks disasters like this are simply the cost of doing business. Unlike, you know, those other costs people in other places have like regulations and workplace safety.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:28:20 AM PDT

    •  Of course (23+ / 0-)

      are simply the cost of doing business.

      They think and believe, in their heart of hearts, that this is just the price of doing business.  But you won't find any of them in the dust after explosions or fires, they're better than that.

    •  Except they're asking U.S. taxpayers (5+ / 0-)

      to pay for their laxity.  WE are paying for the cost of doing business so that Texas can under-regulate business and put workers at risk.  

      I'm sorry for the people of the town and aid should be given, but damnit, the lesser angel of my nature wants it slow walked.  

      Perry is a moran.

      •  Just to be clear: (0+ / 0-)

        you would punish the victims in West to "punish" Rick Perry?  Who would really suffer by such retaliatory delay?

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:18:20 AM PDT

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        •  You didn't get "lesser angel of my nature"? (0+ / 0-)

          No, I do NOT want to punish people to get at Perry.  I said aid should be given and then I admitted that there is a part of me that is not entirely civilized, reptilian even.

          But if you feel better for pointing out what a horrible human being I am for admitting to having a dark side, then yay.  Just to be clear.

          •  Ah, OK,I get it. (1+ / 0-)
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            We're all human, and sometimes not so perfect (including me, first and foremost).  It came across the way I saw it, without sufficiently careful reading.  

            It reminds me of the throttling with bare hands I would like to give to the program writers at Microsoft every time they "update" Word.  Just an imaginary daydream sort of thing, for the visceral satisfaction.  I would never act on it.  Yes, I suppose that makes me a "potentially" bad person, but I'm innocent until I commit the act, right?

            Peace.

            I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

            by tom 47 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:03:38 AM PDT

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        •  The Victims Mostly Agree with Perry (0+ / 0-)

          They honestly believe that business does best when it self-regulates and that accidents that happen would not be avoided by more government oversight. They are entitled to that viewpoint. However, US taxpayers are also entitled to say that if you don't want to adhere to reasonable regulations, we are not going to pay when avoidable accidents happen. One of the big reasons why they continue hold this view is that they never suffer the consequences of their worldview. Instead of learning the hard way that leaving it all up to business doesn't work very well, they always get the people of the US to pay for their stupidity. They get to continue to believe that there way works perfectly fine because thanks to the hated Federal government it does work out just fine for them.

          •  Hmmm..." it does work out just fine for them." (0+ / 0-)

            Channeling Barbara Bush (after Katrina)?

            People in West, Texas need help.  Yes, someone will pay the bill, but would we deny or delay help until...an INSURANCE claim gets settled?  No help until then?

            I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

            by tom 47 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 06:26:49 AM PDT

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    •  That seems a Common Texas Sentiment (0+ / 0-)

      On Chris Hayes' show last night there was a segment with a women from town who filed a civil suit against the company and she said that nobody including her is angry at the owners. They all feel terrible for them because they are such nice people and would never want something like this to happen. They mostly believe this is just one of those unavoidable things that happen, although apparently that doesn't mean she doesn't expect the owner's to make her whole financially.

      My take away is that years of indoctrination have led to a passive population that simply doesn't believe that businesses are willing to take large, knowable risks and that accidents like this are indeed preventable.

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