Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2005 10:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said Monday's death at Epcot's Mission: Space underscores the need for national legislation to allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to step in.
Read more from Florida Today.
Federal regulation will not bring the kid back. The fact that he would suggest the CPSC could warn owners of similar rides (there are none) shows just how he's a headline grabber. When are the people of Massachusetts going to let this guy go?
I agree completely that Markey is premature and trying to grab headlines for his own political benefit. We have no idea at this time why the victem died, and I think any conclusions have to wait for the results of the autopsy.
I wonder if Markey has added the woman who had a stroke on Pirates of the Carribean to his brain injury list. (For the few of you who aren't familiar with it, Pirates is equivalent to sitting on your sofa while you watch the displays.)
I think it is odd the major parks in Florida don't have to follow the same guidelines as the rest of the state for reporting injuries.
On a side note, its interesting how everyone commented on this 2 days before it was posted. =D
I suggest you replace "democrat" with "politician"...
*** This post was edited by janfrederick 6/15/2005 1:17:46 PM ***
I've also ridden a simulator ride at the USS Midway museum that has little red buttons to press and it sounds an alarm for the operator to stop the ride because a person feels sick. Interesting concept, but at least one person wants to know what the red buttons do during loading, before the operator actually explains the red buttons.
Most of the other centrifuge rides are completely open, and in the case of the Gravitron, the operator is spinning inside with the riders.
With that said, it sickens me yet again to hear of another case of "Markeyism". This man should have a coke, a smile and shut the hell up.
I once researched this very subject (I can only assume it was in reference to another argument I was having on CB on this very subject) and was unable to find ONE case of a republican calling for further regulation of the amusement industry. I repeat---NOT ONE! I mostly found a lot of hits for Markey (I’m guessing 80% of this stuff is his big mouth), but as I recall there were quite a few democrats who in state-after-state called for further regulations of the amusement industry. Maybe I did not search hard enough or search in the right places.
I do not post this to bash. I only post it to educate. I’m willing to be convinced otherwise if you good folks can show me evidence of ANY cases where a republican is the person calling for tighter regulations of the amusement park industry. I myself cannot believe there are not some cases out there where a lone-ranger RINO McCain type did not attach his name to a case like this. But I was unable to find it in a couple hours of detailed searching.
As of now I would have to say that it is simply not fair to put the word “politician” in place of “democrat.” This clearly appears to be an issue that for whatever reason, seems to attract the “democrat” breed of politician. There are other issues that I’m sure would be more prone to attract the “republican” breed. It does not appear that amusement park regulations are any of those areas.
Again, as I’m prone to do…I invite and appreciate any information that would show my viewpoint to be wrong. Provide me with the evidence and I will indeed then say we can replace “democrat” with “politician.” As it stands now, I think “typical democrat” might actually be a fair statement in this case. Or maybe I might be prone to say---“there goes another democrat…”…looking for that eyes rolling emoticon thing! :-)
P.S. As a relatively new father myself, I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering this family is feeling. I have a tightness in my throat just thinking about a family carrying their child off this ride. Fifteen months ago, I’m sure I would not have felt the same. Those of you who have children most likely know what I’m talking about…
P.P.S. One day jan---I’ll help you see the light---one day! :-)
This guy should have a hell of lot of better things to put his time and efforts towards.
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