February 17, 2007


Familiar Problem Stalls Minimum Wage Bill (EDMUND L. ANDREWS, 2/17/07, NY Times)

When Democrats campaigned last fall to recapture control of Congress, few domestic issues seemed to have as much winning potential as raising the minimum wage.

Democrats ostentatiously signed pledges to block any pay increase for Congress until it raised the minimum wage. They organized ballot initiatives to raise the state minimum wage. And when they did recapture the House and the Senate, Democrats made it a top priority.

Yet after six weeks in power, the Democratic-led House and Senate have yet to agree on a final bill. The obstacle is the same one that stymied Republicans time after time when they had control: paralyzingly thin margins in the Senate.

You mean we didn't repeal the Constitution last November?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2007 8:03 AM

That's exactly how it is supposed to work. If they can't assemble a large majority, they can't take our money or our guns or tamper with our domestic institutions.

Not a bug, and much more that a mere feature. Combined with our imperial presidency, which provides us with tactical efficiency in dealing with foreign enemies, we have a lage part of what went right with us and whar it wrong with the rest.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 17, 2007 8:50 AM

Oh, come on. We are still in hour nine of the fabulous first hundred hours. Plenty of time left.

Posted by: pchuck at February 17, 2007 11:06 AM

The "100 Hours" is like the Doomsday Clock. It'll be stuck at 99:55 until 03 Jan 2009.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 17, 2007 1:12 PM