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Senate Minimum Wage "setback"
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 25, 2007

You just have to learn to "appreciate" (see through?) reporting like this. According to the New York Times:
Prospects for an increase in the minimum wage suffered a setback today in the Senate, where a move fell short, at least for now, to raise the minimum by $2.10 an hour without tax breaks for small businesses.
Yes, that's just a horrible "setback", isn't it? And who's the only Senator quoted? Heh ...
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, expressed disappointment over the Senate vote. “Our colleagues in the House came together — Democrats and Republicans — and they passed a minimum wage bill with no strings attached,” he said.
Actually both Kennedy and the NYT both know why there were "no strings attached". That's because Democrats in the House refused to allow debate, consequently the bill either passed as written by the Dems or it didn't.
Low-wage workers “deserved the same respect from the Senate,” Mr. Kennedy said. “We should have passed this bill today and put it before the president for his signature this afternoon. We will not rest until we do right by working families.”
But one of the primary engines of the economy? Screw 'em. No word on whether Kennedy finds it equally important that the jobs necessary to pay this new wage continue to exist.
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i saw a headline that went something like. "Senate fails to pass bill to help the poor" or some such. Really lame.
Written By: josh b
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First it was ethics and earmark reform. Now the minimum wage.
Has there been a "frontal lobotomy" between the two chambers ?
Reid is making the "first 100 hours" look like window dressing.

With the House drawing out the "first 100 hours" to new limits, perhaps we should consider paying Congress "by the hour."
Written By: Neo
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i saw a headline that went something like. "Senate fails to pass bill to help the poor" or some such. Really lame.
I guess it’s no longer the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Republicans fault.

Written By: shark
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Good wish,
but the media will still cast it as being "the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Republicans fault"
by failing to mention the at Senate is controlled by the Democrats.

Only when the Senate does or tries to do something "good" will it be mentioned that it is controlled by the Democrats.
Written By: Neo
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Only reason it didn’t pass was because a Republican filibuster held. Who wants to take a guess that we’ll soon see editorials about those "eeeeevill Republican dirty tricks" written by the same folks who thought filibusters were the lifeblood of Democracy back in 2005?
Written By: SaveFarris
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In other words, "is turnabout fair play"?

Ask your local Democrat!
Written By: Bryan Pick
If a REpublican was Speaker and had odd ties to companies not effected by this increase, you know damn well the papers would be loving how it didnt pass.
Written By: josh b
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