Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life

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My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.


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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Insult to Injury

As if it weren't bad enough that your home was destroyed, your business wiped out, your community very nearly removed from the face of the earth, suppose you had to take a pay cut to help rebuild it? It seems Bush thinks it's a mighty spiffy idea.

President Failure (oops, I mean Bush) has suspended the law that requires federal contractors to pay workers the prevailing wages (or better) in the area where the work is conducted. The Federal government is going to end up paying contractors billions of dollars to rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding areas after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina.

Those lucky contractors will reap greater profits because they can underpay their workers; there is no need to worry about that annoying law enacted to protect the workers from being paid lower than average wages on government projects. Of course, the companies that bid on the government projects don't like the idea of having to pay workers what they're worth; they'd rather bring in cheap labor from outside the area and increase their own profits.

Mind you, this is a case of like father, like son; in 1992, the elder President Bush suspended the act -- indefinitely -- after Hurricane Andrew. President Clinton reinstated the act in 1993. Now that Bush has an excuse, he has -- like his father before him -- suspended it again. Don't let anyone say Dubya never did anything while in office!

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