Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Time Out



Reading today’s New York Times reminded me I hadn’t blogged this subject yet.

U.S. May Set Rule Requiring Brake Override System

In particular, this quote caught my ire.

”“I think N.H.T.S.A. investigators would rather focus on floor mats than microchips because they understand floor mats,” Mr. Rockefeller said.“

Now just hold on a second there Senator Rockefeller. I don’t really care that you’ve got Ray LaHood or a bunch of Toyota executives on the hot seat. I do care about the truth though. And the truth is “all y’all” are as guilty as sin. The government could hire plenty of people that understand microchips. The government could also hire plenty of people that know how to regulate. But the truth is that it hasn’t happened. The truth is, the opposite has happened. And you, Senator Rockefellar, are just as guilty as LaHood (a Republican) and the corporations that have decimated our government for the last 30 years.

We’ve deregulated, cut the number of inspectors and regulators, then cut the budgets of the regulators we do have and -- if there was anyone left that still didn’t get The Flick we tried to fire them. Is any of this sounding familiar, Senator(s) ?

Just to prove that I’m not the only one that sees this -- and that this problem is pervasive throughout the entire U.S. Government, read this from Marketplace:

Why gov't regulators seem unprepared

Don Brown
March 2, 2010

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