One aspect of the tragedy in New Orleans is that millions of people who were already on the bottom of society’s wage ladder were out of work. While many working white collar jobs can relocate or work remotely, those in low wage jobs usually don’t have that luxury. One of the rays of light for these people is the possibility of working on cleanup crews or reconstruction crews during the cleanup.
Well Bush has been thinking about that. He has been worried about all these people, and what will become of them. Has he been worried that the work will be enough to get them back on his feet? Don’t make me laugh. He has been worried about the poor owners of companies (such as Halliburton) that will be forced to pay wages to all those workers. Bush was so concerned, that he decided yesterday to make an emergency proclamation that suspends a federal law. The federal law has been in force for 74 years, and it mandates that companies using federal funds must pay workers a “prevailing wage”. Basically this means if you are using federal money, you have to pay the people reasonable wages.
Well Bush was so concerned with poor Halliburton and their (and other companies) profits, that he decided to suspend this law so that Halliburton can pay these workers as little as they want.
Nice of him huh!
He couldn’t use his emergency powers to provide housing for the displaced and poor. Couldn’t use it to improve efficiencies of food distribution. Couldn’t use it to provide financial assistance to those without insurance. Couldn’t use it to do anything to actually HELP those who were victims. Instead he decides to use it to help Dick Cheney’s friends at Halliburton, while screwing over the poor who will take the reconstruction jobs.
When do I wake up from this nightmare!Here is a link: