Friday, January 12, 2007

Pelosi, Del Monte, Tuna and Minimum Wage 

It's been all over Fox News this morning that the House-passed minimum wage bill covers all US states and territories with the exception of American Samoa, even though the Northern Marianas have been included for the first time. Why the exception for American Samoa, you may ask?

Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but it is an interesting fact that Starkist Tuna owns one of the two tuna processing plants in American Samoa, and that the two plants together employ about 75% of the workforce in American Samoa. It is also interesting that Starkist is vehemently against raising the minimum wage, and that its parent company, Del Monte Corp., is headquartered in none other than Nancy Pelosi's congressional district.

Hmmmm ....

I think any time a politician uses a line similar to, "We're going to have the most ethical Congress in history," voters should disqualify that politician from holding any elected office. Every time I've heard the line spoken by a politician who is subsequently put in power, the actual result is the exact opposite. Politicians must have a "Do as I say, not as I do" gene or something.

As Glenn says, "Jeez."

Pelosi doing something dirty? Playing favorites? I'm stunned. I mean, didn't the American people put the Dems in office to clean up Washington politics?

Kind of makes you wonder what your vote is really worth, or what you're really voting for at the end of the day. Looks to me as if we're voting for, "politics as usual" unless we're voting all of the rascals out.
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