Monday, March 05, 2007

An Ill Wind

This links to the testimony of the supervisor of the Capitol Power Plant Tunnel Crew, who work for the Architect of the Capitol, ie, the United States Congress. (Go to the bottom of the page and click on the pdf for John Thayer). Apparently the U.S. Congress exposes its workers to asbestos, has refused to take action to stop it, and will not cover their medical expenses as a result of exposure to asbestos.

This is pretty shocking to read, that Congress is exposing its physical plant workers to toxic situations without adequate protection. What is more shocking is the revelation (for those of us who live here on the Hill) that, a la Union Carbide, they have been pumping the asbestos out into the streets for years through those big wrought iron grates in the ground.

Another reason to support DC statehood. Would Virginia permit the US Congress to release toxic materials into its air? It wouldn't. Oh that's right...because Virginia has senators and representatives in Congress who can make sure their state is not sh*t on by the federal government.

Taxation Without Representation was a reason for revolution many years ago. It's time for DC residents to either get a congressional vote--or stop paying taxes.

If we don't all die of asbestosis first, that is.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, I am admittedly naive...

Why couldn't DC be part of an already established state (Virginia or Maryland, would be my thought)? 'Cause it does clearly need some sort of...what?..."government" seems so redundant..."governing", maybe. What does the city government cover? Should I have paid more attention in Civics class? Sorry if I am annoyingly ignorant...