Senator Dick Durbin gave a good speech in the capitol the other day. He said the underfunded “trust fund” for asbestos victims, proposed by some lawmakers, would end up as a corporate bailout at the expense of taxpayers and victims.
Durbin pointed out that as early as 1934, some of the companies that were making products out of asbestos came to realize there was a danger, that some of the employees working around this asbestos ended up developing lung problems and some of them were fatal. Yes! Some people on Capitol Hill get it. The asbestos industry wasn’t ignorant. They knew full well asbestos killed people and they went ahead anyway.