I am not too surprised at the blatant lying about the carcenogenic nature of the chemicals. The Netherlands have a rather "colourful" history as far
as environmental misdeeds go.
Google "Lekkerkerk" where they had to completely dig away a whole town, due to the extremely poisonous nature of the soil. Used as a chemical dump in
the 70's. No-one said a word when they started building there. The project developers acted as if they didn't know why the plots were so damn cheap.
The government didn't care, as long as business wasn't hurt.
Same for the exploding fire-work factory/storage. Enschede looked as if the Germans had returned. Gov. knew
that it would be dangerous, but
reckless lobbying had convinced them of the contrary. No-one ,except some poor fall-guy, was ever convicted. No-one
in the municipality,
I lived and worked in The Netherlands for 13 years. I know business ALWAYS comes first for them. The Dutch business peeps were the first to start
handing out bonuses to CEO's, even while the crisis was in full-bloom... only when a left-wing politician started to cry foul, did they scurry back
under their stones. Business lobbyists were the first to try to get the Netherlands to lower benefits. They were, thankfully, kicked around pretty bad
by the EU-court and shut up, but they will try again. ARE trying again, with "The Crisis" as an excuse.. Same as in America. Where was the crisis when
they started handing-out hundreds of thousands of bonus-Euro's to Bank CEO's??? (So You know: ING, a powerful Dutch bank, was knee-deep in American
Sad thing is, due to their unscrupulous business instinct, the Dutch do very well, despite the crisis. I had to deal with them on many an occasion.
They are tough as nails if business is involved. Make no mistake, they are no wishy-washy "Socialists" they are stone-cold pragmatists who will
gladly sacrifice a whole town to save a corporation.
They are the only ones in Europe that succeeded in privatizing healthcare and healthcare insurance the way Obama aspires to. Even Bush has been in
contact with the Dutch government to study their system.
The end result? They went from NHS-like, single-payer costs and system to the insurance industry-pushed system Obama wants us to adapt. Costs for the
average Dutchman sky rocketed from $30.- pp pm and no co-pays, to $150.- a month premium. and what they call "own risk" of $200.- a year(and ,as I
heard ,about to rise to $400.- a month for hospitalization. They already ripped-out dentistry completely.)
Still peanuts compared to The States, but...from $30.- to $150.-??? And healthcare didn't improve..nope, costs and waiting-times exploded but good!
Why? Simple: Insurance industry forced layer upon layer of management-know-nothings on Hospitals, Physicians ,Dentists etc. that gobbled-up tons of
Why? Corporations had "convinced" the government that health care became un affordable, and privatization was their only rescue........ Corporations
do exactly the same if environmental issues are at stake: Ignore the environment, let us do what we do, or suffer!
Luckily they bit off more than they could chew, People got really angry. So the Government complied with the popular sentiments and implemented the
most rigorous regulation to the Corporations had ever experienced. It made their heads spin, and seriously regret the day they started to push
The Dutch Government is made-up of shrude, ruthless traders that know, when You feed them, clothe them and give 'em a sufficient roof over their head,
the common Joe&Jill are not too willing to get up on the barricades. That's the ONLY reason their social system is rather good, and you will not see
poverty. Again, due to pure pragmatism.
Do not get me wrong. It's great country to live. Politicians and common Dutchies are two, completely different, beasties. People are pretty happy,
though a bit grumpy every now&then. Liberal in their thinking, low crime, fairly good unemployment benefits, to name some, but one must be prepared to
close one's eyes&ears to the utter corruptness of Bizz CEO's and those in the Government they are in cahoots with. Here, ignorance is
edit on 1/6/2011 by diakrite because: stupid typos