SENATE REPUBLICANS FILIBUSTER AND KILL MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
The polling on support for the minimum wage is mind-boggling. Something like 90% of Americans support the long overdue, modest, gradual increase in the minimum wage that was passed overwhelmingly by the House as part of Nancy Pelosi's First 100 Hours Agenda. Reactionary Republicans in the Senate have ambushed it and killed it, at least for now. There were 54 votes in favor and 43 votes (all Republicans) against. (Because it was a cloture vote, 60 ayes were needed.) Even Lieberman voted with the Democrats! Other Republicans joining with the Democrats included Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Arlen Specter, Norm Coleman, and John Warner. Most of the Republicans voting no who are up for re-election next year are in solidly red states-- but not all of them. Let's try to remember Gordon Smith (OR) and John Sununu (NH) when it's time to vote in 2004. And from what I hear, there may be muscular campaigns against 3 other Republican incumbents who voted to screw over working people today: John Cornyn (TX), Elizabeth Dole (NC) and Mitch McConnell (KY). Interestingly, of the Repugs voting with the Democrats 3 are up for re-election (Collins, Coleman and Warner).
Oh, and let's remember that McCain fella who the media keeps telling us is such a straight-shooter and such a moderate. He wants to be president. And he voted to keep the filibuster going to kill the raise in the minimum wage. Which McCain? John McCain, the same guy that is demanding Bush send more troops to Iraq. Maybe he's afraid that if the minimum wage isn't below the povert level not enough people will join the military.