Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Workplace Safety Is For Suckers

Today's moment in libertarian insanity, courtesy of Rand Paul:
Reform-minded lawmakers in both the House and Senate are pushing legislation to bolster the work-safety protections for miners working underground. But don't try to convince Rand Paul.

The Republican running to replace outgoing Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) in the coal-mining hub of Kentucky said recently that Washington has no business formulating mine safety rules.

"The bottom line is: I'm not an expert, so don't give me the power in Washington to be making rules," Paul said at a recent campaign stop in response to questions about April's deadly mining explosion in West Virginia, according to a profile in Details magazine. "You live here, and you have to work in the mines. You'd try to make good rules to protect your people here. If you don't, I'm thinking that no one will apply for those jobs."

"I know that doesn't sound … I want to be compassionate, and I'm sorry for what happened, but I wonder: Was it just an accident?"
So in magical libertarian world, every accidents are just accidents, even if they happen due to calculated attempts to violate basic safety standards in an attempt to increase profits. If there if a plant isn't safe, people will just GALT their talents to a safer job, because they are so many jobs available right now.

All of this would be funny (making fun of libertarians always is), except for the fact Rand Paul stands a very good chance of being elected to the Senate next year. Ugh.

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  1. This man's insane. Additionally, I just want to take a minute and say I hate Libertarians. However, this is great news first get rid of safety conditions, then move on to the bigger picture like doing away with all protections in the more free breaks minors. And we should allow little kids to work too: tiny hands better craftsmanship.

  2. Seconded on your hatred of libertarians.

  3. Yeah...

    At least anarchists support worker revolts in response to poor safety conditions.