New U.S. mine safety rules may bring light to a long, dark tunnel
For 19 years before W took office, there were no major mine disasters. Under his leadership and direction, mine safety regulations and enforcement were drastically cut. The tragic result of this was 70 untimely deaths: that is, 70 fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands who will never go home from their toils in the mines to see their beloved families again. This is just another example of why we need strong government regulation because companies are unwilling to regulate themselves. Thankfully, President Obama has appointed a new man to clean up these mines and once again make them a safe place to work.