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Reporter's Guide: Federal Contractors with History of OSHA Violations Battle New Safety Rules


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Reporter's Guide: Federal Contractors with History of OSHA Violations Battle New Safety Rules

Mary Bottari

Every day, American workers are killed and injured on the job. From explosions, electrocutions and toxic fumes to more common falls or crushing injuries, lives are altered and families irreparably torn apart.

For too long, many corporations have taken a cavalier attitude to worker safety, but when these corporations are federal contractors paid by U.S. taxpayers, the public demands a special level of accountability.


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If you agree with the sentiment of this article I urge you to get trained in first aid and CPR. It's the social thing to do.


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If we believe these corporations' eligibility to get taxpayer funded contracts is a travesty, wait until Obama's TPP, TTIP and TISA are enacted, enabling these corporations to sue taxpayers if safety and environmental laws are enforced.


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One guess who's behind this:

"The PSC, with 370 member companies, calls itself "the leading advocate and resource for the federal professional and technical services industry." The HRPA represents more than 360 corporations in the U.S., many of them federal contractors, and describes itself as "the lead public policy organization of chief human resource officers."

Here are the roots of the problem:

"It seems that David Koch's 1980 campaign served as a bridge between LeFevre's radical pedagogy and the Tea Party movement. Indeed, the Libertarian Party's standard-bearer that year, Clark told "The Nation: that Libertarians were getting ready to stage a "very big tea party" because people were "sick to death" of taxes.

"The party's platform, meanwhile, was almost an exact replica of the Freedom School's radical curriculum. It called for the repeal of all campaign-finance laws and the abolition of the Federal Election Commission. It also favored the abolition of all government health care programs, including Medicaid and Medicare. It attacked Social Security as "virtually bankrupt" and called for its abolition. The Libertarians also opposed all income and corporate taxes, including capital gains taxes, and called for an end to the prosecution of tax evaders.

"Their platform called for the abolition too of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency...

"And the Libertarians also wanted to get rid of the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, seat belt laws, and all forms of welfare for the poor."

(page 57, "Dark Money," by Jane Mayer)

This ilk, funded by not just the Koch Brothers or ALEC money, wants to enshrine the predator's right to prey on all others into law. And they just lost "one of their own," Scalia.