Just when you think they couldn’t possibly sink any lower or be any more cavalier, they pull another one out of the gutter:
(AP) It’s not just the American dollar that’s losing value. A government agency has decided that an American life isn’t worth what it used to be.
The "value of a statistical life" is $6.9 million, the Environmental Protection Agency reckoned in May _ a drop of nearly $1 million from just five years ago.
The Associated Press discovered the change after a review of cost-benefit analyses over more than a dozen years.
Though it may seem like a harmless bureaucratic recalculation, the devaluation has real consequences.
Why yes, such calculations do make quite a difference…
When drawing up regulations, government agencies put a value on human life and then weigh the costs versus the lifesaving benefits of a proposed rule. The less a life is worth to the government, the less the need for a regulation, such as tighter restrictions on pollution.
You know of all the lies, the wars, the general a-hole behavior nothing ever summed up the Bush Administration more than the fact that after five-years they have thought up…
A million new reasons to not care!