Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The EPA has become the favorite target of Republicans with Mitt Romney saying that he would abolish the agency on day one. There is this mantra about how the EPA has job killing regulation. While not nonsense the real job killers are OSHA. Look at what they make employers do. They make construction workers put up fall protection and in some cases where a harness. This adds to cost and the workers don't want to do it anyway. OSHA wants you to monitor your employees exposure to solvents. These are airborne contaminates that might cause illness (like how global climate change might be caused by people) and you can't see them anyway. There are just way too many rules governing worker safety. If a company starts killing its workers don't you think that the remaining ones would seek out new employment? Let the market work. For those maimed or left with chronic illness, well I feel bad for them but in this era of austerity I don't see how the US taxpayers can be expected to foot the bill. It's not like these workers won't go down as heros for they are contributing to the greater good by creating wealth for the 1% and products for the rest of them. Some day post OSHA there will a great monument built in the memory of these individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that a corporation could have greater profit.