I realize that one of the President's roles is to serve as Cheerleader-in-Chief whenever bad things happen; however, the singular focus that people are putting on the bombings in Boston is a little disconcerting. Consider the following: - 2 people with unclear motives plant two bombs which kill a total of 3 people and injure 175 others. Media coverage is non-stop and everyone's focus turns toward how to effectively secure 26.1 mile race courses. MEANWHILE... - A fertilizer plant--which hasn't undergone a federal safety inspection in 28 years--blows up and kills 5-15 people and injures 180. Media coverage is measured and everyone's focus turns toward the Boston Marathon bombings! Whenever politicians trot out these lofty visions of who we are as Americans, I can't help but to roll my eyes and begin ignoring anything else they have to say. Innocent employees, emergency responders, and people in their homes are killed due to government negligence; however, it's unlikely that any true workplace safety reforms will materialize since everyone would rather focus on the more sensationalized event. Disclaimer: I've served in combat and might be a little desensitized when it comes to the threat of terrorism. That said, I don't see why the situation in Texas isn't garnering as much attention as the Boston bombing and prompting the President to be a cheerleader for workplace safety...like he is for future marathons. I don't know. A back-burner story on "All in with Chris Hayes" got me to thinking about this issue...especially since a robust counterterrorism network has kept the US relatively safe over the past few decades. However, modern-day workplace health and safety conditions would provide Upton Sinclair a wealth of material despite all of the technological and labor gains that have been made since the early 1900s. Thoughts?
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