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The Union-Built Big Dig

Boston's Big Dig, contrary to all of the assurances given Bostonians by their awesome State government, has continued to be a complete and total death trap since the public works project famously killed a woman back in 2006 (a mere 3 years after opening, no less):

The Big Dig, a Boston engineering boondoggle that's national news mostly because you helped us pay for it, is basically a death trap. It's killed people already, and some precariously perched lights were preparing to off a few more.

Lucky for us (Boston residents, Logan airport traffic and daily visitors), an investigative report by the Boston Globe has sped up the maintenance of this poorly constructed tunnel system, which was apparently on the verge of sending a few more immense 110-lb. lighting fixtures into the roadway of the Ted Williams tunnel seemingly any day now.

And yes, I said "a few more." One already fell last winter, although no one was hurt, which is great because the tunnel and its surrounding guard rails are already responsible for at least two deaths in the last few years.

Imagine that, a group of corrupt politicians lying to us about the safety of a project built by their corrupt union goons. Who'da thunk it?

Be sure to click on over to Gizmodo for the rest, and to read the hilarity of commenters suggesting that this is the eeeevil private sector's fault. As if union-dominated companies with close familial ties to Boston's political machine are as private-sector as Wal-mart and apple pie.

You know how the old saying goes: The union-built Big Dig has killed more people than my Ruger!



#1 Justin 11-Jul-2011

Looks like private companies build death traps of their very own too... Even with the gentle, invisible hand of competition saying no no no.  Go Figure.

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#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 12-Jul-2011

Accidents are a part of life, I'd never even suggest that it's even remotely possible to eliminate all of them.

Corruption also has a long and constant reign on the entire duration of human history, so it's not surprising to find out that it might have played a role (the alleged bribes) in West Virginia.

So what would your solution to corruption in public works projects be? Obviously, packing the Big Dig with union workers wasn't the magic fix liberals claimed it would be (with my apologies for the relatively low-quality link -- I've got limited Internet access from where I'm at).

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