Saturday, January 13, 2007

Doin' The Nancy Two-Step
Speaking of fishy

The Pelosi camp is tap dancing around this faster than the troupe of River Dance. I love this story from the NY Post. Here's the skinny;

January 13, 2007 -- House Democrats believe in open, honest government. Well, right after they get caught, that is.

Turns out, in the hoopla of self-congratulations following Democratic House leaders' passage of a minimum-wage hike, some low-wage workers learned their wages would be staying, well, low.

For workers in American Samoa - almost all of them employed by StarKist Tuna - were exempted from the hike rushed through by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. And American Samoa would become the only territory with such an exemption.

Curious? Not really. StarKist is owned by Del Monte, a San Francisco-based company - that is to say, a Pelosi constituent.

When it came out that this prominent Pelosi constituent would be permitted to use cheap labor, not everyone was impressed. "There's something fishy going on here," said Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.). It certainly seems to be an awfully big coincidence.

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill raising the minimum wage from $5.15 and to $7.25 per hour. In the Pacific Ocean territory of Samoa - where the majority of StarKist workers make $3.26 an hour - the loophole would allow labor costs to remain low. And - it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway - a powerful Pelosi constituent to remain happy.

But facing a storm of criticism, the speaker now says she'll work to include "all American territories" into the minimum-wage bill. Coming into office, Pelosi announced that the 110th Congress would be "the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history."

We say again: Once they get caught, anyway.

Oh, and did I mention that not only is Pelosi the first woman ever to be speaker of the House, the MSM seems to neglect to mention that she's also the richest ever. Gee, I wonder how she got so rich?

Keep it up Nancy... you're politics as usual crap will guarantee a Reagan Republican President in '08.


Anonymous sarah said...

Thanks for the article.

I bet you're familiar w/ Walter Williams and other like-minded economists who argue against FDR policies as socialistic and how the minimum wage is actually a bad thing (and I agree). Being near Balto, I've read all the hoopla about Pelosi's "pilgrimage" to area churches. ugh.


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