Set in the northwest corner of Montana, 35 miles east of Idaho and 65 miles south of Canada, is the small town of Libby. The town lies in a picturesque valley carved by the Kootenai River and framed by the Cabinet Mountains to the south. Libby has population of less than 3,000, and 12,000 people live within a ten-mile radius. Libby is the Lincoln County seat. The community's assets include clean water, beautiful scenery, and recreational opportunities such as fishing, hiking, hunting, boating and skiing.These liberal fascists invaded the Libby Superfund site because the town was poisoned by the strip-mining of vermiculite by W.R. Grace.
EPA has been working in Libby since 1999 when an Emergency Response Team was sent to investigate local concern and news articles about asbestos-contaminated vermiculite. Since that time, EPA has been working closely with the community to clean up contamination and reduce risks to human health.
In Libby, 70 years of strip-mining an ore called "vermiculite" and marketed as the wonder material "Zonolite" exposed workers, their families and thousands of residents to a toxic form of asbestos, creating what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called the worst case of industrial poisoning of a whole community in American history. That this poisoning continued for more than 30 years after W. R. Grace knew of the dangers — as charged in criminal indictments going to trial this fall — is made patent by the film even as the company raises a curious no-denial defense. But don't weep only for Libby; an estimated 35 million homes in the U.S. contain Zonolite insulation.As Jonah Goldberg has astutely observed, if the EPA can interfere with The Market by regulating how much asbestos (or CO2 in the case Goldberg comments on) can be put into the environment, "it has the power to regulate everything."
So obviously, the clean-up in Libby is the very definition of totalitarianism.
And bringing law suits against Grace for asbestos related disease is the ultimate in greenshirted liberal fascism.
Which is why it's so unfortunate that we don't have such a stalwart for liberty like George W. Bush in office anymore. I still recall the chills I got when Bush had the courage to stand up against the fascist assault on our liberties in his 2005 State of the Union Address
To make our economy stronger and more competitive, America must reward, not punish, the efforts and dreams of entrepreneurs. Small business is the path of advancement, especially for women and minorities, so we must free small businesses from needless regulation and protect honest job-creators from junk lawsuits. Justice is distorted, and our economy is held back, by irresponsible class actions and frivolous asbestos claims -- and I urge Congress to pass legal reforms this year.Obviously, this hit close to home for President Bush, since Vice President Cheney's former company Halliburton is one of the prime defendents in asbestos suits. Watching first hand the pain and suffering that Cheney experienced from the totalitarian liberal fascists who expected compensation for the cancer and asbestosis they received motivated him to take this bold stand in defence of democracy (i.e.,The Market.)
Of course, it doesn't hurt that President Bush is a self-professed Christian. He obviously must have also been influenced by The Bible:
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute" - Exodus 23:6
"For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate." - Amos 5:12
"Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss." - Proverbs 22:16