excerpted from 15 August 2004 | Slate
The Post‘s story on the “business-friendly” agenda OSHA has adopted under President Bush is the first in a three-part series examining the administration’s approach to regulation. The article reveals that the administration has trimmed OSHA’s budget and staff, killed dozens of rules under consideration held over from the Clinton years, and built new alliances with industry groups that exclude union representatives. The piece moves quickly despite its unglamorous topic; the authors explain policy detail without getting tangled in bureaucratic minutiae.
[ In the 15 August installment, the Post reports the Bush Administration’s cancellation of rules — 10 years in the making — which would have prevented “25,000 [tuberculosis] infections a year,” according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Once again, Bush’s ideology trumps science. –BL ]