Thursday, January 05, 2006

"There's going to be a disaster"

Put this story next to Hurricane Pam and "Bin Laden Determined to Strike US" as prescient statements about the bad government and careless planning of the Bush administration.

Jack Spadaro, former director of the MSHA National Mine Safety Academy, said inspectors told him privately that Labor Department opposition to vigorous safety regulation has hindered their work.

“Two weeks before this explosion, I was told by an inspector, ‘Jack, there’s going to be another disaster because we can’t do our jobs,’ ” he said in an interview.

You know, be incompetent, crony loving, dirty money taking kleptocrats. Fine. But must they always do it with other people's children? Deregulate coal mine safety when Jenna is wearing a hardhat, and invade countries on the basis of false statements when young Barbara is wearing a uniform.