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Old 01-25-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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We hear a lot from the GOP about how corporations are burdened with un-necessary regulations, about how environmental rules have business in a straight jacket and about how the free market will take care of most problems.

Well...here's why we have rules in the first place. Not every corporation is honest and upright, nor can they be trusted with the public's welfare.

This packing company has apparently been using a secret, hidden, underground pipeline to funnel pig blood into a nearby creek:

Texas Environmental Group Blasts Alleged 'river Of Blood' Flowing From Dallas Meat-packing Plant | Fox News

Do you still want to get rid of the EPA? Do you still want to trust businesses to do what's right? Do you still think "big government" is getting in the way?
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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We hear a lot from the GOP about how corporations are burdened with un-necessary regulations, about how environmental rules have business in a straight jacket and about how the free market will take care of most problems.

Well...here's why we have rules in the first place. Not every corporation is honest and upright, nor can they be trusted with the public's welfare.

This packing company has apparently been using a secret, hidden, underground pipeline to funnel pig blood into a nearby creek:

Texas Environmental Group Blasts Alleged 'river Of Blood' Flowing From Dallas Meat-packing Plant | Fox News

Do you still want to get rid of the EPA? Do you still want to trust businesses to do what's right? Do you still think "big government" is getting in the way?
How soon they forget the Gilded Age, The Jungle and Upton Sinclair.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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Heck yes get rid of the EPA...

There will ALWAYS be a couple of rotten apples in the barrel but overall the government should stay out of private business.

Let's compromise, when the federal government can balance it's own books, pass a budget and prove that no government worker is performing anything illegal or using government resources for their own purposes, prove it is not wasting taxpayer money and protecting the borders of the United States of America THEN I'll agree that government should in very limited and very specific ways interfere with private American companies...
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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Can we trust corporations to do what's right?

Well since corporations aren't in the business of doing the right thing, just that which is profitable, my answer is no.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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No, but we as consumers can refrain from doing business with companies that shortchange environmental regulations, or the American worker. Say companies that shift manufacturing to Chinese sweatshops. Apple for example...
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: planet octupulous is nearing earths atmosphere
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big corp is why we are in the chit can.!!
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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How do you trust an organization whose purpose is to get more money?? If you don't trust them... why on earth would you trust the government which is a corporation by any other name... work with them but don't turn your back on them...
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Heck yes get rid of the EPA...

There will ALWAYS be a couple of rotten apples in the barrel but overall the government should stay out of private business.

Let's compromise, when the federal government can balance it's own books, pass a budget and prove that no government worker is performing anything illegal or using government resources for their own purposes, prove it is not wasting taxpayer money and protecting the borders of the United States of America THEN I'll agree that government should in very limited and very specific ways interfere with private American companies...

Sure, let's get rid of the EPA and all environmental rules at all. That way EVERY packing plant can dump pig blood into your water supply. Or, anything else they want for that matter!

Sound like a deal to you?
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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How about a middle ground? Where truly necessary regulations are in place and enforced, but where there are no regulations that do more harm to business than good for the environment or community?

How about having regulations, except in very few cases, made and enforced by states rather than the federal government?

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Old 01-25-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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How do you trust an organization whose purpose is to get more money?? If you don't trust them... why on earth would you trust the government which is a corporation by any other name... work with them but don't turn your back on them...
When's the last time you voted for someone to be a member of the board of a Fortune 500 or who should become the CEO?
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