We all know that Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney espouses reduced government regulations to free our ‘job creators’ to spur the US economy. So with that in mind I have one quick question for Mr. Romney!
What is the difference between the United States and Pakistan?
Maybe 100 years of fire and factory safety regulations?
It all began on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, when fire broke out in one of the crowded and littered workrooms of the Triangle Waist Company, a woman’s shirtwaist manufacturer which occupied the top three floors of the ten stored Ash building near New York’s fashionable Washington Square. Fed by waste containers which were full after the day’s work, the fire spread quickly throughout the factory, panicking the largely female work force. Workers on the eighth and tenth floors were able to escape unharmed, but those on the ninth floor were not so lucky. There they jammed up at illegally locked exits, at doors blocked by machinery and at the elevator shaft with its single car. The fire department responded quickly, but its ladders reached only to the seventh floor. Many workers crowded by the windows and, as the flames became more intense and hopes of escape more feeble, some of them took the only way out and jumped to the street below. A United Press reporter who witnessed the scene told how he learned “a new sound‑‑a more horrible sound than description can picture. It was the thud of a speeding, living body on a stone sidewalk.” About forty young girls, some of them flaming human torches crashed to the sidewalk and collapsed in broken heaps. None of these survived. Over a hundred more died in the building. According to the reporter, water pumped into the building by the firemen ran red in the gutter.157
Fires at two clothing factories in Pakistan left 283 people dead — many trapped behind locked doors and barred windows — tragedies that highlight workplace perils in a country where many buildings lack basic safety equipment and owners often bribe officials to ignore the violations.
Panicked workers in Karachi had only one way out since the factory’s owner had locked all the other exit doors in response to a recent theft, officials said. Many victims suffocated in the smoke-filled basement.
So when you say you want to take American back, Mr. Romney, do you mean the America of 1911 when the lives of citizens were sacrificed to cost containment in your factories by the free market?