Saturday, September 10, 2005

It's Official

Some say it is the rallying cry of our time.

Others say it is merely the truth finding its way out.

Here is the hurricane response that will be heard

around the world.

And here is Jon Stewart with a comment on acts of god,

and other updates.

And here is what one Republican leader thinks of the situation.

Or at least the only one who is foolish enough to say it out loud.

And here is the Rude Pundit on the obscene Iraq and roll fest.

And, if it makes you anxious to know that FEMA IS a disaster

run by political incompetent hacks,

this analysis will make you run for your Xanax.

But, perhaps the cherry on the cream on the cake on the plate,

on the table of outrage and insult

is the signing of a new executive order that will rip off

the people who will be doing the work:

Bush Uses Disaster to Ram Through Low-Wage Work

Sept. 9—With the federal government poised to spend more than $50 billion to rebuild areas destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the AFL-CIO is calling on Congress to reverse President George W. Bush’s Sept. 8 executive order that would allow contractors to pay substandard wages to construction workers in the affected areas.

“Employers are all too eager to exploit workers. This is no time to make that easier,” AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says. “What a double tragedy it would be to allow the destruction of Hurricane Katrina to depress living standards even further.

Taking advantage of a national tragedy to get rid of a protection for workers the corporate backers of the White House have long wanted to remove is nothing less than profiteering.”

Bush’s order repeals the high-quality work standards set by Davis-Bacon, which covers taxpayer-financed reconstruction in the areas affected by Katrina. The Davis-Bacon Act, enacted in 1931, requires federal contractors on federally funded construction contracts to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused “a national emergency” that permits him to take such action in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

“Suspending Davis-Bacon protections for financially distressed workers in the Gulf states who will be cleaning up toxic sites and struggling to rebuild their communities while favored contractors rake in huge profits from FEMA reconstruction contracts amounts to

legalized looting of these workers"

It's official.

These guys are the disaster.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally hillarious and depressing at the same time. MS

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we still can laugh when the tears run dry

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for contributing so succinctly and with such passion to my understanding of world affairs.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shenanigans are getting more and more outrageous.

Reading all these reports of the events after the hurricane make me wonder just what planet I am living on. The home of the free and the land of the brave.

I appreciate the work that it takes to link all these stories.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Step Back said...

Ma friend Bubba always use ta say, "Stupid is as stupid votes." Ya all come down for our Cajun Compassion special, Red State Sturgeon, aka Catfish Caught in NOLA Bathtub. We never had it this good.

10:27 PM  

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