reply to post by poet1b
You mean like traffic laws, mandatory insurance, drug prohibition, building ordinances, health inspections, and the numerous other laws that regulate
individuals? Funny how the people so much against the regulation of business are also the people who want to regulate individual behavior, even tell
people what they can do with their wives in their own bedrooms.
I agree with this statement. Right wingers tend to fight for "freedom" and moral regulation at the same time. That is hypocritical.
The cost of regulating businesses who handle very hazardous material to prevent large scale pollution poisoning water supplies, land, and air;
One cannot assume that if something is regulated, it is done so successfully. That is not the case. . Most regulation does not keep harmful things out
of the environment.... it allows for a certain, regulated amount
of toxins to be put into the environment and the companies (and governments,
the US's biggest polluter) can do so with impunity. Environmental regulation acts only in the interest of the companies and governments writing the
Regulation does not make us safe.
Look at the FDA for example. How many poisons have made it through that meat grinder? Quite a few. Not to mention the amount of people that die from
not getting drugs in the US that are available elsewhere (INTERESTING READ
. The FDA can tell
a terminally ill patient what they can and can't put into thier own, already dying bodies.
All I can say is, if I am going to die anyway, I
will definately be a guinea pig if it gives me a .01% chance of healing.
Regulation should be done by the people with the most to lose if something bad happens. The companies, if acting rationally and peacefully, can
regulate themselves and we the people will hold them accountable because we consume thier products. The government has no personal stake in the
effectiveness of its actions. Its not like we can choose a new government (and don't even mention voting, all politicians are on the same side, not
ours). The government is a take it or take it. You can't leave it.
You lecture me on violence, but you support economic policies that lead to children dying of cancer because some local company poisoned the
communities water supply, or sold poison as medicine or baby food. Let us not forget child labor, how humanitarian is that?
That same local company is under the umbrella of regulation. Government regulation allows for pollution and holds no one responsible with the outcome
while the public foots the bill. The fact is, poison is already readily available and it is because of certain, arbitrary standards set up by groups
like the FDA, EPA, and Dept. of Agriculture.
I am, as well, interested in getting stuff for its actual cost. Government regulation, subsidies (a form of regulation), and intrusion into the market
skews prices and do not help people.
More later. Not feeling too well right now and I need to lay down (damm dorm food!)