The lack of effective regulation was clearly a factor in the horrendous explosion in West,
Texas, an industrial
accident that killed people and destroyed a town. But in Texas
no amount of death and destruction will cause the citizens to turn
away from their hatred of effective government regulation, regulation that
prevents devastation such as the tragedy in West.
Even in West, last month’s devastating blast did little to shake local skepticism of government regulations. Tommy Muska, the mayor, echoed Governor Perry in the view that tougher zoning or fire safety rules would not have saved his town. “Monday morning quarterbacking,” he said.
Raymond J. Snokhous, a retired lawyer in West who lost two cousins — brothers who were volunteer firefighters — in the explosion, said, “There has been nobody saying anything about more regulations.”
is a great business success, and the people whose lives are damaged or
destroyed, well that’s a small price to pay for creating the kind of business
climate where companies move to a location because they don’t have a fire code.