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Across the Midwestern United States, from Minnesota to Ohio, we have observed the result of a "wave" election in 2010 where Republicans made great political gains as a result of a low turnout election last November.  This electoral wave hit other parts of America as well, but no region has been as profoundly affected as the five states of the Northwest Territory plus Minnesota.  Radical new governors are sitting in Governor's Mansions in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  Radical legislatures sit in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Note: I recognize that Minnesota is not a state from the Northwest Territory, but it is close.  The five states carved out of the Northwest Territory are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsn.  Of these five, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have the trifecta of radical Republcan governors and both houses of their legislatures under the control of radical Republicans as well.  I don't have statistics from the other states, but in Ohio, we have all statewide administrative offices (Gov, Lt. Gov, Sec of State, Auditor, AG and Treasurer) all in Republican hands and a 6-1 majority in the Supreme Court in Republican hands).  Minnesota has a radical Republican majority in both houses of its legislature, but this is balanced by a DFL governor, which blunts to some degree the ability of the legislature to fully radicalize the state, and Illinois has a Democratic government with the courage to raise taxes when the need to balance its budget arose.  Governing is supposed to be about making difficult choices, and Republican politicians who take the no tax pledge have pledged not to do their duty to balance public needs and public resources, and in effect have chosen not to make hard choices, as their minds are already made up, and choices are unnecessary.

These radical legislatures and governors speak with a single voice, and that voice belongs to ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

We'll come back to the American Legislative Exchange Council later, but I want to further discuss the radical Republican strategy of failure in America as a means to gain even more political power.

The Republicans believe that if President Obama is prevented from taking the steps necessary to improve our economy in a meaningful way before November, 2012, then the American electorate will take this failure to move the economy forward as a signal to elect an even more radical Republican president than George W. Bush was, and to complete a radical Republican takeover of the Senate, and achieve the trifecta of radical Republicans in control of the House, Senate and White House, which would allow the truly radical Republicans to consolidate their power over our economy, our laws, they already have control of the interpretation of our laws by maintaining the majority on the Supreme Court and most Federal District courts.  Couple that thought with 20 state legislatures which also exhibit the same trifecta at the state level, and we then have the political forces in place to repeal not only the 20th Century, but part of the 19th Century.

If this failure of America strategy is succcessful in causing the toppling of President Obama, and the ascension of radical Republicans in control of the congress, we will see the Trust Busting of the 1890's and Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900's fall by the wayside.  A stated legislative goal of the radical Republicans is the complete repeal of all Anti-Trust legislation that is on the books, all the way back to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, from 1890.  We would stand to return to the abuses of Big Rail, Big Oil, Big Steel, and any other Big  you wish to name, except Big Labor, which they will initiate legislation to crush because countervailing power will not be tolerated.  Want proof?  Cato Institute Downsizing the Federal Government, No. 40.  Read the first page.  There is no need to read further.  However if you do, you will find that an endnote references a publication by Alan Greenspan edited by his heartthrob Ayn Rand that was written in 1966.  Oh, the ecstasy!

Greenspan, Alan. ‘‘Antitrust.’’ In Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, edited by Ayn Rand.
New York: Signet, 1966.

Rand Paul, a leading Senate radical Republican believes it is unconstitutional to regulate worker safety or mine worker safety, preferring to return America to the unregulated mining environment of the 1930's when America averaged 1500 miner deaths a year, seeing dramatic drops in the 1940's and continuing to this day when we averaged less than 50 miner deaths per year in the 1990's.  50 is still 50 too many, but Mr. Paul sees nothing wrong with returning us to the regulatory environment that allowed 1500 miner deaths each and every year in America.  This would be like having 75 companies with the safety attitudes expressed by Massey Energy Company.  This is what the radical Republican strategy of failure in America may reap if it succeeds.

From MSHA, here are the grim statistics:

http://www.msha.gov/...

A picture says a thousand words:


To a radical Republican, the regulation of a business, be it to help make the workplace safe, or to prevent a company which burns a fossil fuel, or combines chemicals to make other chemicals to perform some industrial or agricultural function, that regulation, which governments around the world have determined that the failure to regulate the pollution of the air and water we drink and breathe, is a taking of property from the polluter, no matter the public good that is accomplished through that regulation, and must be stopped.  They consider this to be a taking of property, even though the regulated polluter has the ability to recapture and even profit from the application of the regulation.  They are arguing their right to pollute the air and water is more important than the right of 310 million Americans to breathe clean air and to extract clean water from streams that will be more severely polluted in the absence of regulation.  Easily over 200 million Americans draw water from rivers and streams that are subject to upstream pollution from sewage, industrial discharges, farm runoff due to fertilizers, synthetic plant hormones intended for weed control, factory farm manure and urine runoff, and thousands of other non point source polluters.

I have news for Rand Paul and other so-callled "free marketeers" who think regulating the environment is a taking of property from them and their corporate supporters. When they make the air we breathe and the water we drink polluted with their operations, that is a taking of property from 310 million Americans too, and we aren't going to let you take that property from us.  The property rights of 307 other millions among us far overbalance the property rights, if they exist, of 3 million radical right republican funders to dump their waste in our air and water.  They have the right to recover their costs associated with environmental regulation by building that cost into the price of the goods they sell, so did they really have property taken from them?  Or are they simply creating misleading rhetoric?  You decide.

If the reader wishes to do further research on the topic of regulation as a taking of private property, using "regulation of business is a taking of property" as a search argument on Google will yield 83,000,000 results.  Adding the term "Cato" to the search will yield many arguments from that leading proponent of radical Republican libertarianism and its opinions regarding regulation and taking of property.  I leave it to the reader to decide if the radical right republican-libertarian agenda expressed in organizations like the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation and their ilk don't find their way into the agenda of ALEC, the corporate-funded vehicle to both write and disseminate radical right republican legislation among the 50 states.

The bottom line for America is that if our governments (federal, state and local) cave to the demands of the radical right republicans, and expressed at the state level through their direct pipeline shadow government ALEC, then the property rights of all Americans will have succumbed to a policy of Repubican Failure.

Select any topic that is on the agenda of the radrightreps, and you will find that their agenda is to advance failure.  Mitch McConnell has been right up front for years that the number one goal of the radreps in congress is to make Barack Obama a "one term president", and that they will pursue a policy of failure to make that happen.  The radreps in the Senate have made the filibuster their weapon of choice to extend gridlock and failure on the economy of the United States of America.  Nearly every bill and even procedural motion has been subjected to the filibuster by the radreps under the "leadership" of Mitch McConnell.  No bill intended to help reduce unemployment during the Obama administration will get through the picket fence of a senate filibuster and the radrep House majority under the "leadership" of Ohio's John Boehner and Virginia's Eric Cantor, each of whom control differing radical factions of the house.  This wrecking crew is intend on making it impossible for Barack Obama to govern the United States, and their tactics are taking the economy hostage (witness the debt ceiling debate which stopped job growth in its tracks, and now the stalled appropriations bill (aka Continuing Resolution or CR, which in this case is a misnomer) which has stopped Wall Street in its tracks, and has the world economy teetering in the balance because the radreps in the house have left the building, with a United States Government Shutdown hanging in the balance.  The fate of the Euro, the European and world economies are hanging in the balance, while Radical Republicans in Congress work to make the American president fail, to make the American and world economies fail, just to make it easier for the radrightreps to win the presidency in 2012.

Failure is the policy of the Radical Right Republcan congress and legislatures from coast to coast and beyond.  Failure is the policy  of the Radical Right Republican governors and legislatures, and their agenda of failure is advanced every day by The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Are we going to let the Radical Right Republicans, as a policy move, destroy our environment, our economy, the world's economy, and the freedom we all enjoy which has been earned by the lives and sacrifices of countless American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardmen?  Or are we going to stand up and demand, yes, DEMAND that the Radical Right Republicans govern, or face the consequences of the largest electoral turnout in America history to turn them out of office forever?

Originally posted to Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 08:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Exposing ALEC.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 08:30:42 AM PDT

  •  How do we educate a willfully ignorant (2+ / 0-)
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    populace in time before the next elections, when they choose to be willfully ignorant?  How do we stop the slide?  I don't have any answers, being unable to convince even my rightwing sister that the people she supports would destroy everything she's worked hard to accomplish.  She's bought in hook, line, and sinker.  I'm so frustrated at times at us I could scream.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 08:58:16 AM PDT

    •  Send her a link to (1+ / 0-)
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      Exposing ALEC.  The articles by Bob Sloan, MNDem999, ManfromMiddletown and others are painstakingly researched, with lots of supporting links, and those researchers mentioned here are sticklers for going back to original sources, not secondary or hearsay sources.

      Maybe if she reads some of that she can maybe change her mind.  Maybe not, but it's worth a try.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 09:04:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If it were not for Chicago, Illinois would be (3+ / 0-)
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    in the same boat as the rest of the midwest.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 09:02:47 AM PDT

  •  wrt the mining graph (0+ / 0-)

    i think it should be pointed out that most of the decline in miner deaths can be attributed to the declining number of miners over time.

    Over 500,000 miners back inthe 1936-1940 period

    About 130,000 miners today

    http://www.msha.gov/...

    So 75% of the decline in deaths would simply be the result of fewer men going underground. And check this note...

    Please Note:
    Office workers included starting in 1973.

    If a quarter of the miners after that are really office workers (perhaps conservative as the # of miners went up 50% from 68-72 compared to 73-77) then over 80% of the decline in deaths is simply fewer men underground.

    Which would mean that the regulations are today saving more like 100 men/yr than 1000 men/yr

    •  Not exactly. (0+ / 0-)

      From the source material:

      Significant reductions in rates of mining deaths also have been achieved over the years.

      For example, the rate of coal mining deaths decreased from about .20 fatalities per 200,000 hours worked by miners (or one death per million production hours) in 1970 to about .07 fatalities in 1977 and an average of .03 fatalities for the 2001-2005 period.

      The metal and nonmetal mining death rate per 200,000 employee hours averaged .02 for the 2001-2005 period, compared to average yearly rates about seven times higher in the 1930s and three times as high in the 1950s.

      The year 2004 was the safest year in modern mining history, with a total of 55 coal and metal and nonmetal mining fatalities. There was an all-time low 23 coal mining fatalities in 2005, compared to the previous all-time coal industry low of 28 in 2002. During a period in 1992, from May 27 to July 14, the coal mining industry did not experience any fatal accidents while producing many million tons of coal--a period of rare length in mining history. There were 33 coal fatalities in 2007.

      The all-time low for metal and nonmetal mining fatalities was 26 in 2003 and 2006. There were 32 metal and nonmetal fatalities in 2007.

      So, the death RATES also went down, significantly down.  So to somehow denigrate mineworkers as "really office workers", the fact remains that both the actual numbers of deaths of mineworkers has gone down due to union demands for safer working conditions and the regulation of the mining workplace, the rates for mining activity also came down, not just a little bit, but dramatically.

      So no, it is not just due to less miners although that is certainly a factor, but mainly by safer mining practices enforced by regulations.  Both above and below ground for both coal and metals mining.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:12:50 AM PDT

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      •  of course they did improve safety (0+ / 0-)

        I attributed 75% of the decline to fewer miners, leaving 25% of the decline to improved saftey and whatever else has changed over time.

        For example, the rate of coal mining deaths decreased from about .20 fatalities per 200,000 hours worked by miners (or one death per million production hours) in 1970 to about .07 fatalities in 1977

        You'll notice that there was a 65% drop in the death rate from 1970 to 1977. That appears to be the adding of office workers to the data again.

        1936-1940  2.27
        1946-1950  1.79
        1956-1960  1.68
        1966-1970  1.76
        1976-1980  0.54
        1986-1990  0.40
        1996-2000  0.29
        2006-2010  0.28

        Either there was some amazing safety idea implemented industy-wide that decade, or they added a bunch of people to the denominator who were not going underground.

        The data are pretty flat for 30 year 1946-1970. They are also pretty flat 1976 onwards. The huge step up in safety appears to simply be an artifact of adding people to the equation that are not going underground (unless that's where they put their offices)

        If the safety rates of the 1936-1940 period (2.27) were applied to the 130,000 miners today you'd have < 300 deaths compared to 1250/year back then. Maintaining a uniform definition of miner it'd probably be 100K miners and 225 deaths per year.

        Increased safety then reduces the deaths to ~35

        So Deaths are down by something like a factor of 36.

        Fewer miners has a factor of about 6  (1250 down to 225)
        Safety also has about a factor of 6 (225 down to 35)

        So of the roughly 1200 fewer miners dying per year, 1000 of them are due to fewer miners and 200 of them to better safety.

        So to somehow denigrate mineworkers as "really office workers"

        Not denigrating anyone. Just want to compare miners to miners since people working in offices don't die in mining accidents. You must use the same definition of miner over time to draw valid conclusions.

        •  Apples to apples. (0+ / 0-)
          For example, the rate of coal mining deaths decreased from about .20 fatalities per 200,000 hours worked by miners (or one death per million production hours) in 1970 to about .07 fatalities in 1977 and an average of .03 fatalities for the 2001-2005 period.
           Emphasis mine.

          MSHA compared "production hours", not office worker hours.

          The drops from 1946 to 1970 were not flat.  They were a dramatic trend.  The biggest drop came immediately after the war (WWII) and continued with little interruption for over 50 years.

          I totally disagree with your use of statistics.  Production rate declines over time are down dramatically.  Numbers of miners and/or office workers are not really part of that statistic.

          Production hours for workers seems to be an excellent means to compare miner death statistics over time.  Don't you agree?

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:55:45 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  MSHA told us in 1973 (0+ / 0-)

            they started counting office workers in their miner stats. So they should end up in the production hours too. The data showing a huge leap in safety rates right when they made that change is consistent with office workers being included in that stat.

            Unless you have some evidence that office workers are included in the miner counts but excluded from the production hour counts.

            Or are you denigrating office workers by claiming that are not productive?

            Production hours for workers seems to be an excellent means to compare miner death statistics over time.  Don't you agree?

            I agree that it seems to be one. But since the definition of who counted as a miner was changed, it not valid when looking across that time frame.

          •  to clarify (0+ / 0-)
            The drops from 1946 to 1970 were not flat.  They were a dramatic trend.  The biggest drop came immediately after the war (WWII) and continued with little interruption for over 50 years.

            1936-1940  2.27
            1946-1950  1.79
            1956-1960  1.68
            1966-1970  1.76
            1976-1980  0.54
            1986-1990  0.40
            1996-2000  0.29
            2006-2010  0.28

            from 36-40 to 66-70 the death rate went down by 23% over 30 years.  About 1% per year compounded

            from 76-80 to 2006-2010 the death rate went down by 69% over 10 years. About 11% per year compounded

            from 66-70 to 76-80 the death rate went down by 48% over 30 years. About 2% per year compounded

            The only dramatic trend is in the 1970s. No other decade has a change half as big.

            I analyze data for a living,  and that is what we call an outlier. Which looks like it can be explained simply by changing the definition of who counts as a miner, which we know they did right in the time frame.

    •  When office workers started to be counted (0+ / 0-)

      1973, the fatalities did not go down, they went up, and stayed up for quite a few years, so that argument is a red herring at best.

      The numbers and the rates have come down, and much of that reduction can be attributed to proper regulation of the mining workplace.

      When the regulatory environment breaks down, like in last year's disaster, when the operator kept two sets of books on violations, one for the regulators and one internal for their management, and the operator had a policy of aggressively challenging each and every finding, when the operator failed to control coal dust with limestone, and fresh air ventilation systems were not functioning properly and mis-documented, then the mine becomes a very unsafe workplace indeed.  Not a single "office worker" was killed in that mine disaster last year.

      Your comment pisses me off.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:21:05 AM PDT

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      •  Democrats and Republicans are two sides (0+ / 0-)

        or the same coin. Or, perhaps two codependent members of the same dysfunctional family.
        If the Republicans are spoiled children without a clue, The Democrats have become their over-tolerant spoiling parents, compromising and negotiating with every irrational demand, feeding the beast, growing a monster.
        I don't have any use for either party any longer.

        "Our answer is more democracy, more openness, more humanity." ~Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg

        by Andhakari on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:34:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  what? (0+ / 0-)
        1973, the fatalities did not go down, they went up, and stayed up for quite a few years, so that argument is a red herring at best.

        The data do not agree with that assertion

        1968    134,467    311
        1969    133,302    203
        1970    144,480    260
        1971    142,108    181
        1972    162,207    156

        1973    151,892    132
        1974    182,274    133
        1975    224,412    155
        1976    221,255    141
        1977    237,506    139

        Deaths 68-72: 1111
        Deaths 73-77: 700

         

  •  Changing venues, back in a couple of hours (0+ / 0-)

    and will return comments then, if anyone else sees the diary, which is sliding off the front page list.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:44:13 AM PDT

  •  I'm back. nt (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 02:21:42 PM PDT

  •  Minnesota ... (1+ / 0-)
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    was a part of the Northwest Territory. At least the most important parts (e.g. St Paul) were. The less important parts (e.g. Minneapolis) had to wait until Jefferson bought it with the rest of Louisiana. The final dividing line with the current Canada was not agreed to until 1819.

  •  Great to hear your voice again... (2+ / 0-)
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    Great diary and important for all to see and read.

    If you look at the ALEC legislation you will find they want us to breathe filth, drink filth and eat filth - so their Corporate Sector - which are now called "Private Enterprise" members (think about that phrase - really think about it) can make more money at the expense of the citizens of the the United States of America.

    Then they want to take away citizens rights to do anything about this rape of our great country by prosecuting activists as "eco-terrorists" and taking away our protections under consumer law.  Again to increase the profits of the "Private Enterprise" members.

    The almighty corporate dollar is writing the so-called "model legislation" at ALEC - to promote corporate profit, while destroying the US.

    Thanks OD1.

    •  Clean air and water are property rights (2+ / 0-)
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      for citizens.  The radical right republicans claim that regulating them to protect our property rights is a taking of their property, when they pollute the air we breathe, and the water we drink is a taking of property from us.

      The claim that the cost of regulation, which the company being regulated fully passes the cost along to the consumers of their products, and is fully compensated in their margins is not a taking of property.  If you make money on it, it is not taking.

      What ever happened to the concept of good corporate citizenship?  It does not exist any longer.

      These companies may find that they can produce the same products more cheaply in nations that do not regulate their own environment, but sooner or later, likely after serious industrial accidents, or after their people start getting sick in large numbers due to the poisions being spewed into the air by manufacturers, those countries will begin to regulate their own air and water quality, to some degree erasing that advantage.  China is beginning to see the down side of unregulated industrial expansion, and is implementing environmental regulations as well.

      Companies must, over th long term, internalize their externalities (pollution, etc).  They are taking precious property from the citizens of the countries they inhabit.  We can't let ALEC and its corporate and think tank cousins take back 50 years of hard-won environmental progress.

      We can't let them take back a century of mine safety improvements.  We can't let them take back 40 years of workplace safety improvements.  Each of those items are an element of someone else's property rights, and we will not give them back.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 08:59:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Great diary - tipped and rec'd for depth of (2+ / 0-)
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    research and applicability of the legislation and intentions of the ALEC Corporate mindset. EPA, Environment, Fossil Fuels, water, etc.  All of it is important to Americans - and important to corporations as a source of profits.  This tug of war over consumer/society safety versus profits for a few is at the core of the agenda put forth by the Radright pro-corporate ideology.

    At some point we have to understand that regardless of the profits off of military manufacturing, industrial manufacturing and similar activities, the end result of such pursuits - if it endangers our environment or presents a danger to the rest of society - harms us and our planet.

    When American's wake up and can't breathe due to pollution, afford to drive their vehicles due to the high cost of fossil fuels, have to boil water to drink and cook, it will be  too late to stop this planetary abuse and return our environment to that of the 50's when we had plenty of water, energy, fuel and food.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

    by Bob Sloan on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 12:37:35 PM PDT

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