Acknowledging the alarming polarization and gridlock of Congress, and the startling, rightward shift of the political spectrum, you regularly hear people declare that there is no way we could get something as ambitious as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) passed today, not in this dreadful climate.
Despite being signed into law in 1970 by a Republican (Nixon) administration, a regulatory act as progressive and comprehensive as OSHA would, today, be considered too toxically invasive and too “federal” to have any chance of passing. And it wouldn’t just be those anti-government Republican advocates of “self-policing” leading the charge. Indeed, legions of gutless, sharp-eyed Democrats would join them.
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