Once Again, in the “Warped Values” Department…

The New Yorker recently ran an interesting article about the state of West Virginia’s utter indifference to environmental issues.

No, The Curmudgeon isn’t talking about tree-hugging, left-wing, pie-in-the-sky, long-term environmental issues like climate change or global warming or endangered species.  Instead, the article described matters of greater immediacy, such as the state’s non-responses to things like chemical leaks that poison drinking water, coal mine safety, and things like that.

The article noted that the infamous Koch Brothers, underwriters of the tea party who are, when you think about it, trying to overthrow the U.S. government so they can make more money because you can’t really expect the two guys to continue scraping by on only $50 billion, funded research at the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia that resulted in a report written by an actual college professor (proof, as you’ll see, that college professors are probably best kept from entering the real world because it’s hard to know anything about anything when you’ve never set foot outside a classroom) titled “Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It” that offered the following example of truly warped thinking.

In the words of The New Yorker,

The book argued against mine-safety regulations, on the ground that “improved safety conditions result in lower money wages for workers,” and asked, “Are workers really better off being safer but making less income?”

Really?  That’s interesting, because the last time The Curmudgeon looked, underpaid was a whole lot better than, well, than dead.

The Curmudgeon has had a few choice words for economists in the past, but this is really a gem.

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