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Will Obama Get Blamed for Mining Disasters (as Bush Was)?
American Spectator ^ | 2010-04-06 | Philip Klein

Posted on 04/06/2010 6:50:27 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

The death toll in the West Virginia mining accident has now reached 25, with the recovery efforts suspended for now because the area is not safe for rescue workers. At this time, our hearts all go out to the families of the workers who perished in this horrible tragedy.

Reading news accounts of the event, it strikes me that during the Bush administration, disasters like this were immediately seized upon to score political points. Specifically, when the Sago mine disaster happened in 2006, it was used as yet another example of Bush rewarding oversight positions to corporate allies who would allow lax standards to prevail.

For instance, in the wake of the Sago tragedy, Scott Lilly of the Center for American Progress wrote a column entitled, "How Many Brownies are there in this Administration?" He wrote that, "The terrible story from West Virginia that blanketed the nation’s television screens this week should be a further reminder of the cost of corrupt and incompetent government." Noting that the Sago mine had a horrible safety record, Llly asked rhetorically why nothing was done. "The answer to that is directly attributable to the individuals in whose hands the safety of miners and other workers has been placed by this administration and the prevailing mind set within the administration on any issue in which business interests differs from those of workers," he wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: bush; mining; obama; wva

1 posted on 04/06/2010 6:50:27 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

bush’s fault?


2 posted on 04/06/2010 6:51:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: rabscuttle385

Obama hates white folks.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 6:53:42 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: rabscuttle385

LOL...It’s always Bush’s fault!! The quakes, the floods, mining accidents, you name it and it’s Bush’s fault..


4 posted on 04/06/2010 6:53:47 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: rabscuttle385

will this be another reason for o to shut down the mines?


5 posted on 04/06/2010 6:53:53 PM PDT by 1st Division guy
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To: rabscuttle385

The silence is deafening.......


7 posted on 04/06/2010 6:54:24 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.......Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: 1st Division guy

What better way to encourage phasing out coal as an energy source than to demonstrate how dangerous it is to mine.


8 posted on 04/06/2010 6:57:05 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Heck, Robert C. Byrd has his name on everything in the state. Why isn’t it his fault?


9 posted on 04/06/2010 6:57:16 PM PDT by kempster
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To: rabscuttle385

In a word, no. It is Prsident Bush’s fault.


10 posted on 04/06/2010 6:57:53 PM PDT by sport
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To: rabscuttle385

I was wondering the same thing, I remember back in 06 when the MSM was all over Bush for mining disasters.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 6:58:04 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: rabscuttle385
It's pretty obvious this was an act of sabotage by an Obama operative.

He wants coal mining shut down, and this is just part of that campaign.

12 posted on 04/06/2010 6:59:15 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: rabscuttle385

0bama will try to use this incident to close all mines and grow the government.


13 posted on 04/06/2010 7:00:33 PM PDT by Tigen (I shall raise you one .)
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To: rabscuttle385

How many miners die in China in a year? If we don’t have coal people will freeze to death.


14 posted on 04/06/2010 7:01:19 PM PDT by factmart
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To: rabscuttle385
Obama’s fault!
15 posted on 04/06/2010 7:03:33 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: rabscuttle385

He will use it as a good excuse to bankrupt the coal companies just as he planned all along.


16 posted on 04/06/2010 7:04:54 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Patriots are on the move!)
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To: factmart

Obama’s fault. Cut backs to the Coal Industry.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 7:05:50 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: kempster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKFKR-jfkhU


18 posted on 04/06/2010 7:08:10 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

Zero wants to bankrupt the coal industry and transition it into cleaner energy. It’s also interesting that there are very few blacks working in this industry. More redistribution? Nah!


19 posted on 04/06/2010 7:14:54 PM PDT by yorkie01
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To: EGPWS

Thanks for reposting this. It is a classic.


20 posted on 04/06/2010 7:18:32 PM PDT by kempster
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

> Obama hates white folks.

Obama hates miners and the entire coal industry.
He told us so during his presidential campaign.


21 posted on 04/06/2010 7:33:50 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Ask not what's happening to your money,)
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To: rabscuttle385

No.

Obama will use the deaths to promote clean Green energy.

Count on it.


22 posted on 04/06/2010 7:36:27 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: EGPWS

Wow! I have never seen this.


23 posted on 04/06/2010 7:44:08 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: sport

“In a word, no. It is Prsident Bush’s fault.”

It always WAS Bush’s fault. It WILL ALWAYS BE Bush’s fault.


24 posted on 04/06/2010 7:44:38 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: factmart

25 posted on 04/06/2010 7:52:21 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: EGPWS
Barely enough neurons firing to avoid falling over. Speaking in complete sentences seems to evade Byrd at this stage in his life.
26 posted on 04/06/2010 7:58:15 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: rabscuttle385

Was thinking the same thing today. Good post :)


27 posted on 04/06/2010 8:40:32 PM PDT by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=taxes delayed"))
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To: rabscuttle385

Believe it or not, MSNBC blamed Bush. Said it’s proof we need unions.


28 posted on 04/06/2010 8:42:07 PM PDT by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=taxes delayed"))
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To: rabscuttle385

CNN’s Campbell Brown was politicizing it last night. This is a chance to demonize the big bad capitalist mine owner.


29 posted on 04/07/2010 6:08:15 AM PDT by Notasoccermom
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