Skip to comments.Will Obama Get Blamed for Mining Disasters (as Bush Was)?
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 nations 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.
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Obama hates white folks.
LOL...It’s always Bush’s fault!! The quakes, the floods, mining accidents, you name it and it’s Bush’s fault..
will this be another reason for o to shut down the mines?
The silence is deafening.......
What better way to encourage phasing out coal as an energy source than to demonstrate how dangerous it is to mine.
Heck, Robert C. Byrd has his name on everything in the state. Why isn’t it his fault?
In a word, no. It is Prsident Bush’s fault.
I was wondering the same thing, I remember back in 06 when the MSM was all over Bush for mining disasters.
He wants coal mining shut down, and this is just part of that campaign.
0bama will try to use this incident to close all mines and grow the government.
How many miners die in China in a year? If we don’t have coal people will freeze to death.
He will use it as a good excuse to bankrupt the coal companies just as he planned all along.
Obama’s fault. Cut backs to the Coal Industry.
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!
Thanks for reposting this. It is a classic.
> Obama hates white folks.
Obama hates miners and the entire coal industry.
He told us so during his presidential campaign.
Obama will use the deaths to promote clean Green energy.
Count on it.
Wow! I have never seen this.
“In a word, no. It is Prsident Bushs fault.”
It always WAS Bush’s fault. It WILL ALWAYS BE Bush’s fault.
Was thinking the same thing today. Good post :)
Believe it or not, MSNBC blamed Bush. Said it’s proof we need unions.
CNN’s Campbell Brown was politicizing it last night. This is a chance to demonize the big bad capitalist mine owner.