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Friday Feedback: Mine safety; Karl Rove and the Census; teleworking

By Ed O'Keefe

A sampling of some of the comments from this week's most popular Federal Eye items. The thoughts expressed below do not represent the views of The Federal Eye or The Washington Post:

Regarding MSHA's regulatory powers...

We tried the conservative way, and got more deaths, more profits, more misery. We got "guvmunt off their backs", didn't we, just like in the peanut and meat inspections, huh?
Now, only strict and severe punishment for safety laws are in order, after the prosecution of all those directly and indirectly involved with the continued lust for profit over human life. -- gkam
Do a lot of federal agencies need more muscle in regulating industries, both financial and otherwise...? Yes.
Will it happen under Obama? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
All industries will have weak, incremental regulations passed against them by this and the next Congress and as soon as the memories of their abject failures are gone and less attention is paid to the abuses of industry, those same abuses will go unchecked. -- dc1020008
This begs the question: To what degree is there a revolving door between the mining industry and state/federal regulators? -- nbahn

Regarding Karl Rove's appearance in a public service announcement for the 2010 Census...

The Census Bureau would better serve the public if they were to count the number of underemployed, never-employed, part-time employed, in every household, so that the public is not fooled by labor department statistics. -- Quadspect
(The Eye notes however that the Census Bureau actually compiles the statistics that are then analyzed and released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
I thought the census was a good thing...until I see Karl Rove pushing I'm not so sure. -- 90172

Comments about the news that some homes got more than one census form...

I'm in Fairfax Co. and filled out my copy when I first received it. Since then I have received 2 more copies, so 3 in total. They should have provided instructions to destroy additional copies once you have filled one out. Someone with less common sense might fill all copies. -- allisondt
I live in NE and have received 3. I sent the first one back the same day I received it. Since they're all barcoded, Uncle Sam could have scanned in the forms already returned, to avoid subsequent duplicate mailings to the same address... But that would be too efficient.
I'm appalled we're wasting more money to send more forms to addresses where they won't be returned. If those idiots don't realize their public assistance may be in jeopardy, then so be it. But wasting more money to make sure they're counted shows how much of a drag a lot of those areas are on society and our tax coffers.
Just another day in troubled America... -- connste

About officials urging teleworking next week during the big Washington nuclear safety summit...

Can we just run the marathon, light the X-mas tree, look at the cherrie blossoms, and hold these conferences/rallies (IMF, Nuclear, abortion) and every other event that closes down roads in a city with horrible public transportation and insufficient roads all during one week each year between Christmas and New Year's when nobody in coming to work anyway? -- justanotherguy
Just close the government. It won't make that much of a difference. -- fireball72

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  About the Blog  | Tags:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, Karl Rove, New Year, Public service announcement, United States, United States Census Bureau, Washington  
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Does anyone still know what "begs the question" actually means?

Posted by: jiji1 | April 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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