Friday, April 30, 2010

FBI Investigating Massey & MSHA for Bribery

NPR reports that the FBI is now investigating Massey Energy and MSHA regarding the possible bribery of Federal officials. Current or former employees are likely talking to authorities. Authorities are also looking into possible criminal negligence in connection with the recent deaths of 29 miners. I guess this is more of the same free market capitalism that I wrote about before, where corporations put profits over lives and are willing to do anything for the bottom line. The name of the game seems to be to get over any way they can.... by any means.

The bribery allegations, if true, would explain why there were so many violations with no credible threat of concrete action. It appears to me that MSHA was seen by Massey as more of a nuisance than a serious regulator.


Marla said...

Isn't West Virginia a heavily Democratic state?

But I forget myself.

Bribery and the Democratic party are symbiotic.

Look for this to disappear and soon, as Zero has no interest in doing what's right, just doing what keeps his thugs in power.

I can see November from my house!

2010 / 2012

Andre said...

"Isn't West Virginia a heavily Democratic state?"

Uh, negative.

Still, your ultimate point (partisanry aside) still rings true: politicians never seem to have their constituents in mind when dealing with corporations. It's an idea that's tried and true. If there is ONE thing that connects and ties virtually ALL politicians is the room they share in the corporate bed. If you think this is exclusive to his O-ness or to Democrats, you're sadly mistaken.