March 7, 2005

Santorum and cronies at it again. Why is Lieberman a Democrat, again?

I am not sure of the veracity of the analysis laid out here yet, because it's late and I haven't waded through the .pdf of the bill myself. However, it fits with what small crumbs of the damn thing I've been able to keep up with over the past few days. Absolutely disgusting. So in a nutshell, the GOP are trying to pass a bill that will 'raise the minimum wage' by $1.10 per hour. Yep, it will. However, it will also (and here's the kicker, folks...pay re-e-al close attention to that there man behind the curtain) raise the revenue requirement on businesses for exemption from minimum wage requirements from $500,000 per year to $1,000,000 per year - meaning that (according to this analysis) while one-plus million workers benefit from the minimum wage increase, over six million lose the guarantee (remember those small business owners like the President's logging concern the GOP was so fond of talking about? Here's their payoff- no minimum wage required). Also, the bill will forbid states from passing their own laws to provide minimum wage protection, including those laws which state you can't force an employee to rely on 'tip income' as part of their compensation. As an added bonus, by 'giving the employee flex time' the bill removes any requirement to pay overtime for hours worked over 40 hours per week, so long as hours are removed from the next work week - without the employee's consent. Hence, a regular work schedule is no longer your own. 75 hours this week, 5 the next? Sure, that's legal.

I knew the sellout was bad. I knew the corporate interests had their arms so far up this administration and this Congress's rectums that little brown fingers were visible behind their smiles, like small tentacles of squid-like Gods. But Good God, the sheer hypocrisy of it all..."small government", "states' rights", and "the power of the individual"...if I ever hear those phrases from a GOP flack again, I swear to God i'm going to vomit on a copy of this bill and then hand it to them.

Posted by jbz at March 7, 2005 12:57 AM | TrackBack

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