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March 7, 2005

Republicans Hate You. They Fucking Hate You

On CNN this morning, the reporters talked about two competing minimum wage bills that the Senate is debating right now, a Republican version and a Democratic version. They noted that the Democratic bill called for a larger increase in the minimum wage than the Republican one, and that both parties wanted to tie the bill to the pending bankrupcty bill. Then they went on to Sports or something.

This is so fucking negligent it hurts. Wanna know about the Republican minimum wage bill? Let’s talk to our pal Nathan Newman:

while 1.2 million workers could qualify for a minimum wage increase, another 6.8 million workers, who work in companies with revenues between $500,000 and $1,000,000 per year, would lose their current minimum wage protection.

Yes, the bill will give 1.2 million works $1.10 more per hour (phased in over 18 months), but it will remove the minimum wage for 6.8 million workers.

But wait, there’s more!

The bill also pushes for “flex time” instead of overtime. The idea isn’t bad: instead of getting paid time and a half for the extra hours you work, you get to trade those in for hours off when it best suits you. In reality, flex time is you work extra hours, don’t get extra pay, and get to trade in those hours when the boss tells you to. Which means that you get hosed.

But wait, there’s more!

The bill will give states the option of banning a required guaranteed wage to workers who make money in tips. In other words, if you’re a waitress, bartender, etc., your boss could pay you nothing, as long as your tips added up to more than minimum wage.

The fact that CNN could report on this bill and not mention the fact that it would, y’know, radically alter wage labor as we know it… what kind of chump do you have to be to miss that? Remember, professional journalists must be trusted and respected while bloggers are to be derided and ignored. Beacause, that’s why.

But wait, there’s more!

These bills are buried within a larger bankruptcy bill, which will make you cry!

The bankruptcy bill is supposed to be about “ending abuse” of bankruptcy, which allows you to get out of paying some of your debts when you’re broke. Creditors don’t like it much, because they want their money, even if it means that you end up lying broken and bloody in a ditch. As Kevin Drum’s post notes, the bill seems aimed at people who went broke due to legitimate reasons and medical catastrophes, and leaves loopholes for the wealthy to abuse the system.

In another post, Drum also notes that targetting the poor to make money off of the subsequent penalties and late fees is the de facto business plan of most credit card companies today. It’s thuggery by quill, death by fine print.

But we did dodge half of this bullet. The Senate decided to vote down any minimum wage riders to the bankruptcy bill. Hooray, kinda.

“‘All for ourselves,
and nothing for other people,’
seems, in every age of the world,
to have been the vile maxim
of the masters of mankind.”
-Adam Smith

Posted by Jake on March 7, 2005 9:13 pm

7 Comments

  1. Excellent post…Thanks. Reporting on such
    critically important matters is atrociously bad
    on American news. (Think of Barney Frank’s old
    line: a vacancy would be an improvement.) Those
    of us with access to the internet and interest
    (and time!) enough to follow the fun and games should pass
    along what we can to those who don’t. Excluding
    Social Security coverage, I get more information
    on current French, German, Italian, and Polish
    economic issues and legislation (from local PBS
    outlets) than I do on American (and home state)
    issues and legislation. I wonder why?

    Comment by Grace Nearing — March 8, 2005 @ 6:12 pm

  2. One interesting thing that you oh-so-intellectually advanced liberals seem to leave out is that by raising minimum wages, we also raise prices on everything so these evil capitalists can make just as much money as they were before the wage hike. How do you get around that without compromising the Constitution?

    Comment by Robert Tillian — March 9, 2005 @ 11:54 am

  3. Robert, you make a point that is only half-valid. The truth is, the great majority of the big corporations that ultimately pay these workers wages (Even if indirectly by paying a small producer who employs them) can easily afford the measly pay rise for these workers, simply by cutting their profits slightly. Or, perish the thought, giving up some of their fat-fucking-cat salaries to give to the people who can barely afford to live.

    Comment by Tobias — March 11, 2005 @ 2:53 pm

  4. THanks for theplugs, but id love it if you added my daily comic strip La Cucaracha to the squiggle links
    thanks
    lalo

    Comment by lalo — March 28, 2005 @ 1:23 am

  5. Well, it IS true I fucking hate the left in our country now. And further, I’m done talking with them and would much rather just get it on with the motherfuckers….

    Comment by Nope — February 9, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  6. Your right, I am done with liberals and can’t wait till I can mow then down in a civil war. ALL of you will die, butttt your can be nice and we might call it off…..NOT!!!

    Comment by sammy — February 16, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  7. liberals … you’re all a bunch of fucking moronic bastards.

    Comment by Oi Oi Oi — August 20, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

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