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What Tea Party Advocates and Republicans Envision For America
It's All in Their Platform
Of course . . . The Platform Has Some Trivial Costs!       
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Tea Party Republican Anti-Environment Platform Has Horrific Costs
            Tea Party & Republican Zealots & ALL Big Business Despise Government Regulation. They call it "Interference with Free Enterprise." They call it "Unconstitutional Gov't Intrusion into the Private Sector." They call it "Detrimental to the Economy and to Private Enterprise." They Vehemently Proclaim "No Regulation is Necessary Because 'Free Enterprise' Self-regulates in a Free Economy." Thus they clamor for a "Gov't Hands-off" Policy that is tantamount to 'deregulation.' It's the ages-old farcical scenario of the fox wanting to 'guard' the henhouse on its own, with no outside interference.
            Now Take a Good Hard Look at What Happens When They Have Their Way and Decide For Yourself Whether the Costs of "NO" Gov't Regulation well-exceed the Costs of Regulation. When you are done looking at the reams of evidence it should become obvious that Self-regulation is simply NOT working. In fact, like Government regulation, it scarcely exists. And we are now seeing how tremendously costly and damaging this is to our economy, our environment and our well-being.
            What Republicans need to keep in mind is that when Business and Corporate Enterprise acts irresponsibly and damages the environment or the economy, our Government always ends up footing the bill.  And that should strike terror in the hearts of every 'true' Republican who is militant about the U.S. Government being "fiscally responsible" with its limited financial resources.  Here now is just a sampling of the reams of evidence showing the desperate need for strict Gov't regulation of Big Business.

NY Times - For BP, a History of Spills and Safety Lapses
BP Continues To Lag Other Oil Companies When It Comes To Safety.
CNN Report: U.S Gov't Agency "Minerals Management Service" Gone Bad
Evidence showing MMS is "too cozy with the industries it regulates."
Most infamous example, a 2008 report from the Interior Department's
inspector-general found MMS employees received improper gifts from
energy industry representatives and engaged in illegal drug use and
inappropriate sexual relations with them.
CBS News - Oil Blowout Preventers Known to Fail
Government Regulators Turned Blind Eye to Problem
CNN Report - BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill - BP Vehemently Opposed
Gov't Regs that Would Have Prevented Spill:
CNN News Report - BP Knew Of Problems
Well Failed A Key Pressure Test Just Hours Before It Exploded
But BP Refused to Suspend Operations
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
CBS News - Citing an Internal BP Memo
Rep. Bart Stupak said a "Culture of Incompetence" Existed at BP
Before Disastrous Leak
(Conveniently - that 'culture' Increased BP Profits - Escalated Risks & Trashed Environment)
FOXNews.com - BP Drill Plans Downplayed Risk of Rig Accident
Out of Oversight
The federal MMS: a wholly owned subsidiary of the Oil Industry
Casting Oil Dispersants:
Want to phase out a Hazardous Substance? Dump it in the Gulf!
CBS News - BP Gulf Drilling Got "Rubber Stamp"
U.S. Government Exempted BP from Environmental Impact Study
Before Disastrous Leak
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Big Oil's Republican Friends on Capitol Hill Block Oil Spill Liability Increase
If They Have Their Way BP Will Only Owe $75 million For Entire Gulf Spill Disaster
Latest BP Spill Disaster Cleanup Estimate Soars To $3 Billion ... and Rising Rapidly
Do Republicans Really Want U.S. Gov't and U.S. Taxpayers To Pay?
Are Repubs Really Against BIG Gov't Spending When They Say Gov't Must Pay For BP?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ABC News - Critical Device (Blowout Preventer) Meant To Prevent a Disaster
Was Defective, Had Leaks and Lacked Sufficient Force To Seal Off the Well
BP Knew of This Defect and Refused to Suspend Operations
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
CNN Report - VBS Report - Environmental Crisis in Italy
What Happens When Government
Fails to Regulate Big Business:
CBS News - Pelicans' Brief Success Threatened by Oil Spill
BBC News - Oil slick hits Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana
CNN Report - Alaska Fishermen Still Struggling
21 years after Exxon Valdez Spill
From Dan Simon and Augie Martin, CNN
Thursday, May 6, 2010 9:01 p.m. EDT
CNN Report - Johnson & Johnson Drug Manufacturing Practices
Assailed by FDA as Abhorent
So Where has the FDA Been During All These "Abhorent" Practices?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
CNN Money Report - Senate OKs 'Too Big to Fail' bank amendment
Senate overwhelmingly passed first major change to Wall Street reform package, approving bipartisan deal to unwind big financial firms considered Too Big to Fail.
(By Definition -Too Big to Fail- is a Violation of long-standing AntiTrust Laws)
Monday, May 10, 2010
CNN Money Report - Freddie Mac needs another $10.6 billion
Freddie has already received $50.7 billion from the Treasury Department.
Fannie Mae has so far gotten $76.2 billion. U.S. Gov't Now Owns These Losers.
Monday, May 10, 2010
VBS Report Part 1
Italy:  Yet Another Environmental Catastrophe
Take a Good Look at What Happens When Gov't Does NOT
Totally Regulate Big Business:
Monday, May 10, 2010
VBS Report Part 2
Italy:  Yet Another Environmental Catastrophe
Take a Good Look at What Happens When Gov't Does NOT
Totally Regulate Big Business:
Monday, May 10, 2010

            The bedrock purpose, function and objective of Business and Corporate Enterprise is to "Increase Profits in Perpetuity." To that end they shift the costs, the risks and the consequences to others, in order to optimize those objectives. It's the ultimate "Dream Scheme" scenario for Business and Corporate Enterprise - "Skyrocketing Profits and Zero Liability - Zero Responsibility." And they maintain massive 'Legal Departments' that work over-time to optimize and actualize those bedrock objects.
            Because of this inherent nature of Business and Corporate Enterprise there is, in reality, no incentive for them to self-regulate themselves, other than as described above, to optimize profits. For this reason, Government Regulation is vital, to protect the public, the environment and the nation's interests in a healthy, stable, workable, Sustainable economic environment.
            But Government Regulation, in itself, is not enough. Those regulators must be free of the influences and pressures brought to bear on them by the political influence of those they are supposed to be regulating. When they become "captured" by those influences they become 'farce' regulators -- a meaningless, toothless PRETENSE of regulation, as demonstrated in most of the above stories.
            Most people would have no difficulty at all conceding that government regulation of traffic and enforcement of traffic rules is absolutely essential to facilitate a safe and orderly transit of roads and highways, and to prevent the lawless chaos and bedlam that would otherwise make transit hazardous. And that is precisely why Government Regulation of Business and Corporate Enterprise is so vital to the health and wefare of the public. So it cannot be over-stressed that Republicans must remember when Business and Corporate Enterprise acts irresponsibly and damages the environment or the economy, our Government always ends up paying the tab. That SHOULD send cold chills up the spine of every devout Republican.
G. Bruce

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