Trying To Maintain Rationality

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bush Finally Does Something Regarding Katrina

Unfortunately it's another corporate handout.

Bush lifts wage rules for KatrinaPresident signs executive order allowing contractors to pay below prevailing wage in affected areas.

September 8, 2005:
9:42 PM EDT
(Reuters) - President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.

In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Bush's action came as the federal government moved to provide billions of dollars in aid, and drew rebukes from two of organized labor's biggest friends in Congress, Rep. George Miller of California and Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, both Democrats.

"The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities," Miller said.

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Oh. So now it's a fucking emergency, 'eh chief? You fucking idiot.

If you look up the '31 Act on the internet you'll find alot of conservative barkers calling it [I'm paraphrasing here] "a Jim Crow Era act" that "kept non-unionized blacks/minorities from being able to compete for federal contracts"... and of course other bullshit like it being a barrier to our (fa├žade of a) free market system. Anyone ever notice how these conservative fuckfaces never talk about concentrated bargaining power unless it's labor/unionization?

I challenge any poster to show a single *real* instance of a competitive free market, as economically-defined, by the way.

All I have to say is that the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act *may* have been *originally* drafted and passed for the purpose of excluding minorities, but *now* it protects workers from being hosed by the bargaining imbalance inherent to nearly every employment situation. To override it now, with a bullshit "OH NOES IT'S TEH KATRINA EMERGENCEE AMERIKA I AM BUSH I SIGN ORDER" rationale...?... that's a fucking ruse. Pure gouging.

Get your fucking tails in order, Senate and House Democrats. Call this one out for what it is.

2 Comments:

  • Good job funny how you sound like everyother Dem "Bush did this wrong, Bush didnt do this right" well wake up BUSH is NOT running for President in 08, and the Dems still dont have anyhing positive to say or do. Could it be that they dont have and thing to say?
    I guess its hard to come up with anything posiitive when you have no morel base line oh wait I feel the wind changing directions along with my mind. Get real the Dems dont stand a chance against a ever growing conservative majority in ith US. Just convert now or end up in a museum sooner than you think.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:04:00 PM  

  • Well it's too late for me, I'm afraid. *sigh* I already converted from the GOP after I saw what this "new conservatism" stood for and where it was headed.

    Positive things to say? Huh? Your guys are completely in charge and they're utterly incompetent; they can't govern. Additionally, it's never the minority party's job to apply the lip gloss to the swine.

    I'm not even one of "the Dems" you're looking for, anyhow... something you probably would've noticed if you read more of my posts. Or, um, could've easily presumed had you read the last line of the blog entry... the blog entry that you read and, uh, commented on.

    =|

    Oh. It's "moral." The word you typed... it should be "moral." A "morel" is a delicious, rare mushroom that is best served, IMHO, pan-fried in butter and lightly salted. But I enjoyed the rest of your spelling. Thank you.

    By Blogger EconAtheist, at Friday, September 09, 2005 12:07:00 AM  

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