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Cost Benefit Analysis Doesn't Matter When Human Life Is a Factor

Just caught the debate on “Meet the Press” between Bill Nye and Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.  

It didn’t seem like much of a debate.  With all the extreme weather occurrences around the world I don’t think anyone has a real argument that implies "it isn't really happening" or "what the effects are".  Republican’s, back by the interests of the oil and energy industry, would have you believe it isn't their fault.  It’s natural.  Or they would suggest that the cure is too costly and we should “make a study” and “kick the can down the road even further”.  

 Marsha Blackburn just kept emphasizing we need to do a “Cost Benefit Analysis”.  She accused the other side at being “too goal oriented”.  

Do you remember this kind of talk?  It came from business in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  They believed that “human life could be measured in dollars”.

“Ford waited eight years because it’s internal "cost-benefit analysis, “which places a dollar value on human life, said it wasn't profitable to make the changes sooner.”

Quote from:  “Pinto Madness” By Mark Dowie
Mother Jones | September/October 1977 Issue
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Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s words are particularly troubling as she is once again suggesting that human life can be measured in terms of dollars as she suggests we need to do a cost benefit analysis.  

Tsunamis, Floods, Hurricanes, Snow Storms, Droughts, and Earthquakes are killing millions while Marsha Blackburn and other business minded Republicans weigh humanity against corporate profits.

We should do a “Cost Benefit Analysis” over whether we can afford to keep electing Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and people like her to Congress…

Ford Pinto bursts into flames - car test (long version)
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Looks like Business oriented Republican’s have been responsible for WARMING, both inside and outside cars, for a long time now.

Originally posted to Jack Ryan on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 12:57 PM PST.

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  •  Take it for what it's worth (1+ / 0-)
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    But according to tests done to prove the dangerous nature of the Pinto, the Plymouth Fury - the standard police car and taxi of its era - was actually more dangerous than the Pinto. And btw, according to (I think) the New Mexico state police, the Ford Crown Victoria, which replaced the Fury, suffered from the same problem.

  •  Tort reform is about cost benefit analysis. (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, marina

    once you force the legal system to limit the amount of damages for wrongful death or injury, we all become simply a cost item on corporate ledgers, balanced against how much can be save or how much additional profit made by cutting the safety corner  producing our now quantified and finitely valued injuries. If the number of deaths is small enough compared to the financial benefit, hey, why not do it? This is the private enterprise system after all and if that isn't enterprise, nothing is. And it don't count if the injury comes in after the books close for the fiscal period.

  •  Richard Clark on Bush 43 (4+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, FG, Jack Ryan, Maverick80229

    I remember a line in Richard Clark's book in which he asked what a person thought of George W. Bush, his answer was that Bush didn't know very much and was comfortable with no knowing very much.

    This could just as easily apply to Marsha Blackburn.  She had only two points that were less than useful to her argument.  One was that (some) scientist were unsure about global warming and two was that a cost benefit analysis had to be considered.  First, scientist agree that man has contributed to global warming.  Second, what difference does cost benefit make when we are dead, dying, starving, being eaten by all sorts of insects and worse

    Marsha is skimming money to keep her job; she is likely unemployable anywhere but Congress.

  •  So the speed limit should be 15 mph? (1+ / 0-)
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    Because if you regard the value of human life as infinite, it should be.

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