Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pelosi, Tuna, and the limits of "Compassion"

The Democrats raised the minimum wage, because no one could raise a family on the current wage. Never mind that minumum wage is for entry level jobs. Never mind that no one can raise a family on the new minimum wage either. Never mind that employers will have to cut jobs to meet the new wage requirements. Democrats are insisting it was the right thing to do, because it was "compassionate".

But apparently there are exemptions from this compassion. Nancy Pelosi gives us a perfect example of this. She has moved to exempt American Samoa from the minimum wage, to the benefit of Starkist Tuna, a San Francisco Company, which has workers in American Samoa. I don't doubt that they are also a big campaign contributer for her. The Democrats rule San Francisco; there is no other significant party to appeal to.

But will anyone investigate this? I doubt it. If a Republican did this, it would be front page news. But Pelosi gets a pass by the media.

I lived in San Francisco for 23 years, and the S.F. Democrats were always practicing "Do as I say, not as I do", exempting themselves and their minions from rules they expected others to follow. Surely that is the last thing we need to have in Washington D.C. as well?

Related Link:

Nancy Pelosi, Democrats and Flexibility

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