July 28, 2006


G.O.P. Nears Vote to Increase U.S. Wage (CARL HULSE, 7/28/06, NY Times)

House Republicans were still assembling a proposal Thursday night. But the momentum had clearly shifted in favor of considering an increase of at least $2 in the $5.15 an hour minimum wage, despite strong resistance from conservative Republicans and the party’s allies in the business community. [...]

Democrats have been trying to highlight the issue for months, accusing Republicans of blocking an increase while allowing Congressional pay to rise steadily.

There goes another "issue."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2006 11:08 AM

You mean the Illegal Aliens Full Employment Act.

I'm in favor of open borders, but guaranteeing illegal aliens a job is going too far.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at July 28, 2006 12:26 PM

Someone needs to do the work--may as well be the folks who do it best.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2006 12:30 PM

Since it's all politics now...

This is a move by the GOP House to preempt ballot initiatives in states like CO that mandate a minimum wage increase. The idea behind those is simple: Boost Dem turnout.

Posted by: Brad S at July 28, 2006 12:48 PM

Hopefully we will only have to go through crap for another 1 or 2 election cycles. Because after 1 or 2 cycles the Dems will have sunk below the waves.

Posted by: fred at July 28, 2006 3:32 PM

The Right seems intent on saving them again, as it did in '92.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2006 3:38 PM

I realize anecdotal evidence isn't proof, but it is telling. We've all noticed that any kind of public works project moves at a snail's pace and men leaning on shovels and expensive heavy machinery lying idle is a common sight along our highways and byways. Yet somehow, after many years, the highway or bridge is finished (except the BQE, of course) just in time for the next phase to begin. It's a good bet that many of these are union jobs, unions who have perfected this method of guaranteeing jobs for the their faithful.

Now here's a little story of why they don't want an influx of immigrants, especially, so-called illegals, who don't know any better than to do a good job in a timely manner. There was a group of about six or eight, what looked like Hispanic men, working along a county road that I drive frequently.

This work crew was truly noteworthy. In the matter of a couple of weeks, armed with only rakes and shovels, they cleared a bank about 10-15 feet wide a mile or more along the side of a bike path. By cleared, I mean, they removed every vestige of vegetation and raked it smooth and clean. Then using only their own muscles, they put down sod along this self same cleared bank. After they were done, they swept the area and left it looking mighty good. The gods smiled on them because we got some sorely needed rain right in time to water the new grass.

For their excellent and exceptional work, I fear they were paid very little, but I believe they will succeed in becoming Americans and I wish I could have given them some encouragement to let them know there are lots of us out here cheering for them and wishing them the best of luck in their struggle.

Posted by: erp at July 29, 2006 10:49 AM