Shrub actually actively disdain’s anyone who isn’t wealthy enough who bail him out of his business disasters or finance his political campaigns. Now in the wake of hurricane katrina he has suspended the prevailing wage laws in the affected areas. The purpose of these laws is to require government contrators to pay same wage as other companies in the wage for comparable work. For example, if construction contractors in an area are paying an average of $7.50/hr for laborers, any company doing a government construction contract must pay the same amount. Instead they now only have to pay the federal minimum wage which has stuck at $5.15/hr since the mid 1990’s. It is not clear what rationale shrub had for suspending the prevailing wage laws, other than to benefit the companies that are getting the no-bid contracts for reconstruction. Guess which company was the one of the first to get one of these contracts? You got it, Halliburton. To top it off no local gulf coast companies got these contracts.
The Army Corps of Engineers hired four companies yesterday to remove debris from parts of Louisiana and Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina. No companies from the affected Gulf Coast were awarded a share of the $2 billion in contracts, but the winners must give preference to subcontractors in those areas, the Corps said in a statement.
So bush buddies get big contracts to clean but they don’t have to pay a decent wage to the local people who need the help most to rebuild their lives. It also appears that shrub was in such a rush to screw regular laborers that he may have violated the law to do it. This from Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
From: TPMCafe Special Guests
The President suspended wage standards for workers on the Gulf Coast before he declared a national emergency. That means he was so focused on cutting the wages of people who’d be returning to the Gulf Coast to rebuild their lives and their communities that, in order to hasten the suspension, he failed to follow the law. And at the same time the White House was cutting workers’ wages, it was busy awarding no-bid contracts. The President has proven once again that he’s more interested in governing for the few than in governing for all of us.
The President’s pay cut affects tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of Americans who desperately need a decent income to rebuild their lives. People working construction jobs in the Gulf Coast might only have earned $7 or $8 in the first place; now, the only protection left for them is the federal minimum wage, which is a disgraceful $5.15 an hour because Republicans repeatedly refuse to increase it.
What the President has done is immoral.
If you still believe that shrub is just a regular guy (did anybody ever really believe that?) and that he knows how regular people feel, it is time for a reality check. He hates anybody who is not one of his cronies.