These people never stop. I mean, the Republicans--it isn't enough that people in New Orleans and Mississippi have been devastated by Katrina, losing homes, family and friends. Now, these low-lifes in Congress want to take away a chance for workers to make a decent living, particularly in the reconstruction efforts that will be fed by tens of billions of our tax dollars.
Led by Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Marilyn Musgrave (CO), 32 other Republicans sent a letter to President Bush yesterday asking that he use emergency powers to suspend Davis-Bacon, which requires that workers on federally-financed projects be paid the prevailing wage.
So, get this: while you and other Americans are taking money out of your pockets to help the Katrina-area people recover, the Republicans want to effectively negate everyone's efforts by forcing a wage cut on people who might actually get jobs--to replace those they lost because of the hurricane--in the reconstruction efforts. Your tax dollars--that would be the $62 billion, at a minimum, that would flow in federal money to the area based on Bush's request yesterday--would be the best way to help workers get on their feet, way beyond the charity, in the form of decent, paying jobs. But, nooooooo....
Question: I wonder whether Halliburton, which will likely put its hands into those reconstruction projects (and Dick Cheney is being sent to the area so he can probably give his former employers a nice heads-up on what will be coming through the pipeline), will be required to do the projects for no profit or, better yet, at a loss...you know, for the public good.
To summon up an old historical rhetorical question: Have they no shame?