This Story Has Everything!

The day after Representative George Miller introduced a bill to reverse the Gulf Coast Wage Cut, on which he intends to force a floor vote by early November, newspapers across the country ran unsigned editorials which all contained an identical passage praising the President's suspension of the Davis-Bacon law:
One of the smartest things President Bush did to reduce recovery costs in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita was to suspend Davis-Bacon Act rules in the hardest hit states. But Congress is frantically trying to overrule the president, which would add billions of dollars to the already staggering recovery costs.
The suspension of Davis-Bacon allows contractors receiving federal funds to pay the migrant workers they're shipping in less than the going rate for the work they're doing:
The Louisiana Department of Labor says it has received requests from contractors to certify 500 illegal migrants. Agency officials estimate that the actual number of illegal migrants already working for contractors is far higher, because many employers are not bothering with the paperwork.
So it appears the administration is using coordinated media propaganda to defend a policy which will allow the recipients of big government spending to hire illegal immigrants and screw American labor.

Is there any segment of the population this story won't piss off?

These f@ckers need to get hammered over this.

Tap hits to Josh@TPM and Atrios@Eschaton.

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LonewackoDotCom@TPMCafe links to this article on illegal immigrants and federal reconstruction dollars.
by catastrophile 2005-10-21 11:58AM | 0 recs
Will this save money
or will it just bought bigger profits into the coffers of politically wired contractors like Halliburton?  I sure think it is just going to the bottom line.

It will also do something else.  It will make sure that the money, what little of it there is, goes to migrants who move on rather than to residents of NOLA or future residents of NOLA.  We will rebuild buildings and lose a community.  STUPID.  Of course, it is a BushCo Republican move.

by David Kowalski 2005-10-21 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Will this save money
Saving money's the last thing on their minds.  I read somewhere that, given the amount of money Congress has appropriated for recovery, it would be cheaper to simply give every family displayed by Katrina $300,000.  I bet the families would be happier too.
by schroeder 2005-10-21 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Will this save money
That should be "displaced", not "displayed".  Damn lack of editing!
by schroeder 2005-10-24 11:03AM | 0 recs


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