Good catch by Atrios. From Bush’s State of the Union:
We must free small businesses from needless regulation and protect honest job-creators from junk lawsuits. Justice is distorted, and our economy is held back, by irresponsible class actions and frivolous asbestos claims.
Frivolous asbestos claims like these, I suppose, where the W.R. Grace chemical company knowingly poisoned the residents of Libby, Montana with asbestos from the Grace mine there for nearly 30 years, sickening more than 1200 people, and apparently killing some of them.
Grace and its employees are being prosecuted for their crimes (although I notice that neither “manslaughter” nor “reckless endangerment” are among the charges). The company faces as much as $280 million in fines, and some of the guiltiest executives might spend 50-70 years in prison, which is still galling. If I walked into town spraying cans of poison into the air that resulted in several deaths, I’d probably never see the light of day again.
Why do the people of Libby hate America? Why won’t they take one for the economy and die painfully and quietly?
8 Comments »
Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>