Ed Markey presses on for federal regulation, despite recent studies

Posted Thursday, February 27, 2003 3:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey plans to continue his push for federal oversight of the amusement park industry despite the negative recommendation of a blue-ribbon panel that he commissioned.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:21 AM
I really don't get it. Did Markey have some unpleasant experience with a roller coaster as a child and now holds a mystereous grudge against amusement parks? Sounds like he's a serious waste of a senator, especially when there's far more important things going on with our country.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:28 AM
The man is an absolute loser with nothing but time on his hands.
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:29 AM
He wants his name in the news, and that is exactly what he is getting.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:53 AM
I'm just wondering how anyone up in umass could re-elect this loser. Anywho...he just won't give up until he gets his way, which probably won't happen...but then again, it is Washington and there's a whole bunch of lobbyist in the Capitol Building. It's going to be funny when Markey re-introduces his bill and the chairman just throws it back into his face and tells him to grow-up.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:07 AM
Craig is right, Markey just wants the publicity. Probably because he wants to run for higher office, and wants to be able to say, "Look at what I've been trying to accomplish, I've been trying to keep your kids safe at theme parks from evil coasters and evil g-forces." And you know what? I bet that the people up in that part of the country would just eat that up. It's amazing how uninformed the general population can be. I mean, even with all these scientific studies, which he himself has ordered, he STILL can't let it go. \

This guy is a serious loser with a capital L.

Justin "Markey is a monkey" Adams

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:07 AM
Oh, you'd be amazed how many people vote straight party affiliation without even looking at what the candidate stands for.

It IS amazing that Markey would continue to fight his losing battle in the face of such evidence. Like Craig says, all he wants is to get his name in the headlines somehow. If he were truly just concerned with the safety of the public, he'd take the evidence in front of him, and move on to something else.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:10 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar Jeff Rowe: You may want to limit your sig. to 3 lines as per TOS.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:26 AM
This seems so out of character that a Democrat wants to create a whole new department in the Federal Government, thus making government even bigger than it already is. Truly unusual - smirk.

This guy gives politicians a bad name. Faced with factual information that does not support his argument, provided by sources that he commissioned, he is still blindly charging forward.

Bottom line...this guy needs a cause. All the other causes are taken. If he gives this up, what is he left with? Close your eyes. What do you see?

That is what he is left with.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:32 AM
Let us be fair, a certain Republican president, currently in office, just created an entirely new department of Federal Government, replete with its own Cabinet position. Dems are not the *only* ones growing goverment.

lata, jeremy

--who wonders, if we need a special department to protect our homeland, what is the Department of Defense actually defending.....

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:28 AM
You are comparing the Department of Homeland Security and it's mission, supported almost unanimously by both parties, to federal oversight of amusement park rides?

If you look into the Homeland Security Deparment you will find it consists of already existing branches of government just being repositioned to better communicate the concerns of our country's defense.

Never mind, if I have to explain it then it really isn't going to help.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:45 AM
One on Markey's colleagues in Congress put it well when he described Markey as a man with a solution looking for a problem.

Even the latest CPSC report shows that amusement rides are very safe and that the number of amusement ride injuries is going up only at the same rate that attendance is rising.

The fatality rate for amusement rides has decreased significantly in the last 40 years. Though, it was very low even 40 years ago.

Markey's representative is outright lying when he says that neither the New Jersey laws nor the revised ASTM standards would have occurred without his call for the Brain Injury Association study. The work on these standards and the actual numbers in them predate Markey's call for the study. Actually the numbers are based on European standards that came out several years ago.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 7:24 AM
Yes, and that "re-organization" is going the grow the amount of Federal Expenditure by leaps and bounds (thus making the govenrment "bigger"). You didnt critize the Dems for "trivial" growing, you simply stated growing. The Federal Budget that Pres Dubya has proposed, is larger than anything Slick Willie did. And that is not even including the billions to be spent sending Tomahawks up Sadaam's anus.

And the reason you "never mind" it is that it *cant* be explained. Unfortunately, DoHS is not going to be the "savior" to this country that people think it will be. I *live* and *work* within the framework of the Federal Government. I know what I'm talking about. But you are, of course, free to disagree.

But the fact remains that the Goverment's size is *exploding* under the leadership of Republicans (House, Senate, White House, AND Supreme Court)

lata, jeremy

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 8:24 AM
rollergator's avatar Jeremy, would you please be my spokesman when I become president...oh, that's right, I *can't*, my grades were too good...and my daddy wasn't president *neither*...ROFL...;)

....and even though I absolutely *love* your punctuation, I must disagree with your *indiscriminate* use of the word "leadership"....;)

bill, who's always looking for that fifth golden ticket....

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 9:18 AM
Well, I don't know how you have a war without spending big money but if you know of a way I'd be glad to hear it. I don't know anyone who thinks the DoHS is going to be the savior of this country. I do know, however, some FBI Agents and a couple of Coast Guard folks who think the opportunity this department creates to share information will be to the benefit of Americans.

rollergator, do you really think George W got elected because his daddy was President? In my opinion, we had two choices. I voted for the guy with a personality who had the ability to pull people together. He has done that time and again, both prior to 9-11 and after. I suspect he will do it again in a few short weeks.

Back to the Markey issue, I chose to do something about it. I sent Markey a letter outlining why I felt he was off the mark. I also suggested to him that his argument might be easier to swallow if he aimed his attack at travelling carnivals who have less of a need to be concerned for safety and have little, if any regulation in many states.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 10:06 AM
Actually, we had more than 2 choices. I know, I voted for one of them. Oh, you meant "Viable" choices? (The 2-party system is so inherent right now, it hurts sometimes...)

Not to turn this into a political discussion or anything...

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 10:38 AM
Tobe,

Ed is a representitive, not a senator. If he was in the Senate, the bill might have a chance at life. In the House, he has about 1/4 the power of a senator.

I'm all for protesting his bill but lets be realistic, does anyone think that his bill could drum up enough support thatm would allow it to pass in the House?

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 1:23 PM
Idiots of the world unite, your leader Ed has arrived! ;-)

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 2:03 PM
I seriously think that Mr. Mareky needs to focus on more important things... ever hear of Iraq?

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Thursday, February 27, 2003 2:23 PM

I'm just wondering how anyone up in umass could re-elect this loser.

You're talking about a state who keeps re-electing a senator who gets drunk, drives a car into a lake, escapes the car and leaves his date there to drown. Need you even PONDER how Ed gets elected?

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