Wednesday, June 21

Republicans Shoot in Feet. Story at 11.

Here's my tangent. The guts is down there.
Summer is great. Except for the fact that it is 3 of the 4 months that I work during the year (Because let's face it: College is cake compared to 9-5's), I do enjoy the season of my birth. This is the big reason that I haven't been posting much. I've been reading, BBQing, yardwork... -ing and a myriad of other things that aren't politics. That is, until I read me some Billmon:

Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday accepted a $3,300 pay raise that will increase their salaries to $168,500.The 2 percent cost-of-living raise would be the seventh straight for members of the House and Senate.

Associated Press
House says yes to $3,300 pay raise
June 14, 2006

A bid to boost the U.S. minimum wage failed Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed back an effort by Democrats to force a vote on the measure. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said last week that he wanted to hold off on debating minimum wage legislation until possibly after the November elections. House Majority Leader John Boehner also said he probably wouldn't allow the legislation to reach the House floor this week.

Bloomberg News
Bid to boost minimum wage suffers setback
June 20, 2006

I have to admit, even I didn't think the political pimps in control of our national whorehouse would have the gall to sneak through a pay raise for themselves, then turn around a week later and kill the first increase in the minimum wage in almost ten years. Even I wouldn't have imagined they would think they could get away with it. Not in an election year. I guess it's their way of showing Tom DeLay they don't need him around to act like a pen full of swine with a taste for eating their own feces. The Bug Man may be gone, but his pestilence remains.I was gitty here. Could the GOP really have the gall to pull off this bone-head of a move? Didn't someone go, "Wait a sec, boys, this might not be a wise political decision this year."?

But what it really indicates, I think, is the complete confidence the GOP majority now places in the chronic amnesia of the American voter -- and the willingness of the corporate media complex (particularly its broadcast arm) to avoid doing or saying anything that would jog the patient's memory, at least when doing so might directly damage the interests of a powerful business constituency.
Thank god for the meta-memory of the blogs. We're not going to let this one slip through the cracks just as we're going to remind people that these republicans have screwed every pooch they can find and then brag about it. Put this into the file titled, 'Reasons to kick the republican bastards out of Washington, vol MCMXXIII.'


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