Damages…

I’ve been thinking about the National Embarrassment’s EPA (now known as the Environmental Profiteering Agency) and the recent announcement that they think using asbestos again in manufacturing is just a peachy idea.  It was brought to mind the other day when I saw a commercial on television – yes, some people do still watch television – for a lawyer’s firm seeking people who suffer from Mesothelioma and may have been exposed to asbestos.  Now, I’m not a doctor – unless that’s the plan for the evening (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) – but I’m pretty sure asbestos has been linked fairly clearly to Mesothelioma.

Question: if you KNOW there’s an ARMY of attorneys out there just itching to sue your ass for exposing people to asbestos and, having already successfully sued many other asses for exposing people to asbestos, are you going to use asbestos?  The LAST crowd to use the stuff – those now doing the paying out – could at least offer as a defense the suggestion (I know…) that they didn’t know it was harmful when they used it.  Nobody gets to use that today.  NOW the suits will allege the companies did it with full knowledge of the danger and reckless disregard for the people who might come into contact with the stuff.

Maybe – just maybe – the Dumbass Don’s declaration that people can use it will fall on deaf ears and nobody will.  I can’t say for sure, though.  Greed is a terrible thing and Crapitalism boosts greed to an exalted state.  Crapitalism turns it into a simple formula: if they can make more in profits than they’ll have to pay out in punitive damages it will be worth it to the company.

I’ll tell you this: It sucks for humanity but the DOW may go up a couple of points, so…

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