Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A President Failing To Do His Job

I just thought I would shed a little light on something. With your President running around as of late trying to tell anyone who will listen, which becomes fewer and fewer by the day, that his main job is this:
"But the American people can be rest assured this administration understands the task, and understands the challenges and understands our obligation to protect you, to protect the American people."
When you look at that in relation to this:
Federal authorities issued 21 citations last year for a build-up of combustible materials at the West Virginia mine where 12 men died, according to U.S. Labor Department statistics.

The Sago mine, owned by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross's International Coal Group Inc., was cited for a total of 208 federal safety violations last year, up from 68 in 2004, according to the Labor Department. The largest individual fine last year was $440; the citations for combustible materials carried fines of $60.
I know this is a rhetorical question but, how much incentive do those weak fines give a mine owner to fix the problem? 12 American people that the President says are his to protect and he didn't. He had ample warning, like 9/11 and Katrina, and still didn't protect these American people. What will it take? Or in the words of Lee Greenwood, "I'm proud to be an American because the President spies on me...", or something like that.

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