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.