Thursday, January 25, 2007



As you know, Speaker Pelosi managed to get a minimum wage raise passed as part of the First 100 Hours Agenda. Yesterday a Republican filibuster killed it. Then, feeling their oats, the most extreme of the Republican kooks in the Senate decided to go for bust and try to abolish the minimum wage entirely, something the extreme right has been trying to do since it was enacted in 1938 (when it was 25 cents an hour, about $3.50 in today's dollars.) One of the members of Congress who has most consistently voted to screw working men and woman, Colorado's right wing idiot Wayne Allard introduced the motion. So forget $7.25 an hour if you live in Kansas City or Topeka or Wichita. Republicans think local conditions merit $2.65. (Really, that's their minimum wage, the one Allard thinks is peachy keen.)

By the way, not a single Democrat joined this insanity, not even Ben Nelson. And the GOP caucus was split down the middle. These are the Republican senators who voted to abolish the federal minimum wage. (The ones in bold are up for re-election next year.)
Alexander (R-TN)
• Allard (R-CO)
Bennett (R-UT)
• Bond (R-MO)
• Brownback (R-KS)
• Bunning (R-KY)
• Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
• Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
• Crapo (R-ID)
• DeMint (R-SC)
• Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
• Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
• Hatch (R-UT)
Inhofe (R-OK)
• Isakson (R-GA)
• Kyl (R-AZ)
• Lott (R-MS)
• McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Sununu (R-NH)
• Thomas (R-WY)

And, as you know ole moderate McCain and Brownback are each asking you to vote for them for president. These people want to destroy your family and reduce you to slavery serfdom.


Bob Geiger does a great job of covering the Senate. He just e-mailed me about Kennedy exploding over the Republican's vicious class warfare against working people. "When does this greed stop?... Do you have such disdain for hard-working Americans that you want to pile all your amendments on this? Why don’t you just hold your amendments until other pieces of legislation? Why this volume of amendments on just the issue to try and raise the minimum wage? What is it about it that drives you Republicans crazy? What is it? Something. Something! What is the price that the workers have to pay to get an increase? What is it about working men and women that you find so offensive?"


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Jacqrat said...

Is there any way to use your considerable influence on any Democrat in the senate? Please ask them to bring a resolution to push back the Senators' salary to what they were paid ten years ago... That might wake up some of these bozos. Maybe not.

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let them live on minimum wage,see if they can make a living.that would be something to see.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

I just lost any respect I had for Hagel. WTF was he doing supporting this clusterfuck for?

At 6:42 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Hagel is making some sense on Iraq (on some days; he did vote against Dodd's proposal to put some teeth in the thing) but he is and has always been a very right wing politician on every issue. And he started the electronic vote-stealing trend.

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous D.A. said...

The comments here show the intelligence level of those posting...hint,'s not very high...

Let me break it down for you undeducated Liberal Puppets...Click Here

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Bil said...

Conservative Majority?

WHAT planet are you on?

On this planet George W. Bush has wrecked what little was left of the once great Republican party that Newt Gingrich didn't wreck.

and it is spelled duh, not d.a.

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous teach said...

They certainly give themselves regular raises. That seems to be ok with them.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger john said...

hey duh, who's not too bright?

Let's all see how many ad hominem arguments, grammatical errors, mis-spellings and examples of poor syntax we can count in your postings on this site (see below) or at your own "conservative majority" site.

The comments here show the intelligence* level of those posting...hint,'s not very high...
Let me break it down for you undeducated* Liberal Puppets..

my favorite is the undudecated one

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Bil said...


I'm sorry, I will type a little slower here so you can understand and re-read my attack on YOUR party from Newt Gingrich to Bush2. Duh?

Actually I represent the disgusted Independent Ex-Republicans, FAR more aggressive than most of the pussy Democrats. But even they have learned from Rush and O'Reilly, and bigger freaks like Coulter. I push em to mean up and they are. Bring it on...

Your ONLY legacy hope is a Deathwish that the Israelis do the Iranian Nuucuuular reactors lighting up the Apocalpyse and the Third Wave (are you Ted Haggard? Bush's Third Wave coach?) Call me Ted, I need to be saved.

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Bil said...


I felt the same way about Hagel and googled him. He votes even MORE with Bush2 than Frist. So, like Howie says, he is making some sense on Iraq compared to the rest of the wingnuts, but this is a VERY conservative voter. Damn scary when you consider the voting with Bush MORE than the TV doctor Frist.

At 1:21 AM, Blogger Jean said...

jimmy and boil,

Agree with you on Hagel. He's better than many Dems on foreign policy (not that that's saying much) but godawful on everything else. Unfortunately.

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The min wage should be $25 per hour. That is a wage an American family can live on. Why are we fighting for a measly 7.25 per hour???

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

help me out here ... people from the Granite state... what is going on? is NH really in favor of phasing out the minimum wage ?

Hagel is alot like McCain..generally votes very conservative on most things.. but since he is probably running for Prez he needs to stake out a position to the left of St. John... although to his credit he has been a critic of Bush Foreign policy, he may be alot like Rep Ron Paul from TX, clear eyed as hell on the war... but really kooky on the other issues...


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