Mine Owners in West Virginia — CAPITALISTS! CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!

The owner of the mine that has just killed a number of his workers down there personally was paid 19+ million $ last year, gave very large donations to the Republican Party, ignored safety citations to fix safety problems down there with the polluted air, and busted the unionizing efforts that would have given the workers’ a voice to complain about their concerns for safety problems which the miners faced every hour of their labor.

Now, after the big bang that killed many of those workers, just picture the owner and his fellow conspirators sitting in the company boardroom facing the consequences. What do you think? Are they feeling FEAR? Are they plotting coping strategies to save their skins?

Or, do you suppose they have any feeling at all of the emotion that they should have had before the blast, but are now finding coursing through their veins? That would be empathy.

Which is greater, their Fear or Empathy?

Fear for their material fortunes? Or empathy for the men lost and injured and sorrow for the workers’ families?

Are they capable of feeling regret for their decision to fight the requirements for correcting safety problems? Were they “make big bucks in the short run and the long run consequences be damned!” Did they not plan for these consequences?

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING THEN?
WHAT ARE THEY FEELING NOW?

Yet another cautionary tale about anticipating consequences, from the lone individual level to the highest level of group decision-making in this society.

Change the Laws

What the mine owner(s) did was equivalent, in my opinion, to criminal negligence, depraved indifference to human life. They ignored the citations or paid the fines. I would advocate having a federal law saying that the owners of businesses having dangerous consequences if the production is not set up for safety and safety violations are found, then the owner(s) are to be cited and both
PUT IN JAIL
until the violations of safety standards are fixed, to the satisfaction of the inspectors and the workers who might be affected if the safety problems are not fixed, and also the
FINE BE PAID.

However, I understand the the mine owner in the present instance had bought a state court justice as well as the legislature. That is why the law should be a federal law. So I am screaming at you at the top of my lungs:

Capitalists Begging for Regulation (because they do not and really cannot regulate themselves—regulation gets in the way of PROFITS!)

The voters of West Virginia bear some measure of responsibility. However, The U.S. executive and legislative branches should take out of the hands of the state voters the responsibility for regulating an industry that provides energy for all the states. Can the mine owners buy Congress? Sure they can. Just like the medical insurance companies did, as we so recently learned.

President Obama! This should become one of you next forays into the task of righting (lefting?) a listing society.

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