Minimum Wage Exemption is Mighty Fishy

Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy

In the book, Do As I Say, author Peter Schweizer points out that while many Democrats publicly talk about one thing they privately do quite another. There are those who talk about how terrible oil companies are but own oil stock. Some abuse the name Haliburton but own their stock. The book has plenty of examples of how the Democrats want you to do one thing while they, being elitists, do quite another. It looks like despite all her talk about an open and honest government, Nancy Pelosi is playing that Do as I say game.

The increase in the minimum wage has been the rally cry for the donks for quite some time. They complain that the minimum wage is too low (despite the fact that few people work for minimum wage) and they vowed to fix that. The put together a package that would increase the minimum wage to $7.25 over two years. This is good for America they say. Many economists feel that this will result in people losing jobs and in increased burden on small business but small business and the economy be damned because the donks have spoken. Well, sort of. You see, Nancy Pelosi has this little piece in the minimum wage bill exempting a tuna company in her district from complying. Yep, if you are connected to the Speaker you can get exempted from this legislation that is good for every company, except this one tuna company.

“I am shocked,” said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party’s chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. “Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats.” Washington Times

Amazing how that works. Is it possible to sue this wench for malfeasance? She pushed this legislation through in this 100 hour agenda and now we are finding out that it contains an exemption that amounts to politics as usual for the Democratic Party. I guess being a mother and grandmother made Pelosi aware that tuna is important to children’s lunches and she can not have it cost too much because of labor costs so she had to exempt it to save the chirren.

So, somebody tell me again why it is a good thing to have the Democrats ramming legislation through in the first 100 hours. Why is it good that this legislation did not go through committees and why is it good that no one from the minority party has had any input in any of the legislation? Seems to me, being the cynic that I am, this was all done deliberately so that Pelosi and her band of thieves could break the law and hand out special favors.

I urge President Bush to veto the minimum wage bill and use this exemption as the reason. If Pelosi wants to ram legislation through and have her agenda, it is going to have to apply to everyone. If they put this through again then he can just veto but the first veto should explicitly state that it is because Pelosi is giving favors to a business.

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