It is no secret that Corporate America and big business are going all out to buy this next election. You see, to certain segments of our population profit margins are considered more valuable than life. While I am all for business making profit and people making money it is simply wrong in any society for all the money to be horded among a very small segment of the population who control, circumvent or completely ignore laws and regulations. It is wrong too for them to turn the very ideals our country was founded on up on their heels in their never-ending lust to control the money and our government.
With the failure to pass stricter campaign finance laws, and the disgraceful Supreme Court ruling on the subject Corporate America is simply drooling at the mouth. Yes, now they will be able to bombard the process with even more Corporate money to use spreading lies for Republican candidates who will in turn protect them from those dreaded American workers if elected. One case in point is the Coal companies. Yes, these folks are already preparing to flood certain races with campaign cash from the industry. However, it seems in light of recent events this money could be better spent on something besides circumventing Democracy.
After the recent mining disasters and the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon lawmakers continued to debate legislation to toughen workplace safety rules and increase penalties on employers that ignore them. Luckily for all the nation's workers, the new rules will not only apply to coal miners but to all of America's workers. For only the second time in forty years, employers will face new regulations on workplace safety. The new legislation would also prohibit the firing of workers who report unsafe conditions.
We all remember the tragic mining incidents in West Virginia and here in Kentucky earlier this year. One theme that rang true in both instances is that in both cases lax regulation and a tendency to put profits over people seemed to play a major role in the lives lost. While nothing good can come out of the senseless deaths of hardworking Americans, hopefully these instances showed our country that not only in mining, but in every industry in this country it is once again time to get serious about making those who employ workers do all that is possible to protect them. After all, with no workers there can be no profit.
Besides the millions of gallons of crude leaking into the Gulf of Mexico the continued deregulation of industry in general and in particular the oil and gas industry has caused much death and misery. The continued quest of profits over people has determined that to pinch pennies some workers are just plain expendable to fatcat Corporate CEOs. Along with lower wages, shrinking benefits and an uncaring attitude by management this has been a big part of the war on the American worker waged relentlessly by Corporate America with their enablers in both political parties. However, thankfully the sorry record these folks have compiled as they basically regulate themselves has not amused everyone in Washington. Today Patty Murray (D-WA) blasted the industry on the sorry record they have compiled.