Monday, September 12, 2005

Democrats Need To Jump On This

This is a no-brainer issue, Bush Suspends Pay Act In Areas Hit by Storm, worker pay. Check this out:
President Bush yesterday suspended application of the federal law governing workers' pay on federal contracts in the Hurricane Katrina-damaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The action infuriated labor leaders and their Democratic supporters in Congress, who said it will lower wages and make it harder for union contractors to win bids.

The Davis-Bacon Act, passed in 1931 during the Great Depression, sets a minimum pay scale for workers on federal contracts by requiring contractors to pay the prevailing or average pay in the region. Suspension of the act will allow contractors to pay lower wages. Many Republicans have opposed Davis-Bacon, charging that it amounts to a taxpayer subsidy to unions.
1931! There is no more fundamental issue for Democrats to exploit. We are the party of the people, the working class, and this should be an easy "exectutive order" to get reversed.

More Bush administrtion here, Bush allies getting Katrina work:
Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.
This is disgusting. First they drag there feet and now they are using the disaster to line their pockets.

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