Archive for August 10th, 2008

Deregulation Doesn’t Work And Kills People

What will it take to finally retire the canard that the free market is an adequate substitute for regulation?

A bus that crashed early Friday in Sherman — killing at least 15 people — shouldn’t have been on the road, federal and state records show.

It was equipped with an illegal recapped tire on its front axle, which controls steering, crash investigators say. And the company that owned the vehicle, or a related company — investigators are still trying to sort out which — was still in operation more than a month after federal officials took steps to shut the operation down.

Critics say they’re again frustrated that more hasn’t been done to improve motor coach safety on U.S. roads.

“If these were regional airplanes that were crashing, and not motor coaches, Congress and everybody else would be on top of this to get something done,” said Jackie Gillan, vice president of the Washington-based Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

Unsafe vehicles, tainted food, mortgage crises, Enron – can we finally say that the conservatives have proven themselves wrong about the magical powers of the free market?

And even if they were right, isn’t it still better to correct this stuff before people die?

(h/t egregious)

2 comments August 10th, 2008 at 12:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Republicans


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