Today, I saw this article:
"WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's cloakrooms and press gallery reopened on Wednesday, a day after they had been closed because asbestos was detected in the adjacent Senate chamber... A piece of the fiber was discovered in the chamber's ventilation system Sunday night as work on an asbestos abatement project was ending..."
So... It's okay to leave asbestos in schools for years at a time (in an earthquake-prone region, mind you), but if traces of asbestos are found in or near where the rich and powerful hang out, we need to drop everything, close up shop, and nip this thing in the bud post-haste. Yeah. No money for schools and kids, but plenty for politicians. Now that's what I call good governance.
I'd like to take this moment to recommend a bold new policy on asbestos. I call it the Politician-Tied-to-a-Chair-Initiative. We tie one politician to a chair inside every asbestos riddled school; the school gets fixed quickly; we stick him in say, an asbestos riddled hospital; wash, rinse, repeat. Buildings get fixed, less kids get exposed to carcinogens, and politicians would finally be able to say that they are doing something for our kids in school. Everybody wins.
We could apply the Politician-Tied-to-a-Chair-Initiative policy to all manner of foreign and domestic problems. Environmental issues? Simply tie a politician to a chair next to a coal-burning plant in Texas; watch how air purity laws coincidentally pass. Too many jobs being out-sourced to China? Well, all you have to do is tie a politician to a chair inside a room filled with big, angry, formerly-union-employed machinists; problem (soon to be) solved. Humanitarian crisis in Sudan? Tie a politician to a chair in Darfur province and just see how quick those militias are put in check. The possibilities are nearly endless!