The Hollowing-Out of Government with Robert Reich
The deadly explosion at a West Texas Fertilizer plant was absolutely preventable. The plant was had not been inspected since 1985, and heavily violated safety standards. Why did this happen? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the government agency set to ensure workplace safety, but it's been steadily hollowed out by Republicans, it's been denied funds, and its enforcement has been severely shaved down.
This problem isn't just for OSHA though-- it's all kinds of government agencies, including the IRS. Reducing IRs enforcement is extremely counterproductive to our budget, but is that what Republicans are truly looking out for?
What about taxes on corporations? Big banks? Must essential programs be hollowed out and dismantled in favor of greed?
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