Tuesday, May 22, 2007

We're the chumps:

AP reports:

"In grudging concession to President Bush, Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said yesterday. The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade, a top priority for the Democrats the officials say."

I thought ending the war was also a top priority of the Democrats, what happened to that? Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't they locked in a political battle with the lamest of lame duck presidents with a slightly higher approval rating than halitosis?

Why are they conceding? There are people dying over in Iraq. There are 35,000 more soldiers getting ready to go over for their third or fourth tours as we speak. Screw that, the Dems say, we'll go ahead and try to pass a $ 7.00 minimum wage bill, so if any of these kids in Iraq actually make it back with their lives, limbs or mental facilities, they'll be able to make a little extra chump change.

That's really standing up for principle!

Alexander Hamilton would be proud of these Democrats; they're preserving the revolutionary values that made this country great. John C. Miller's excellent history, Origins of the American Revolution (1943), points out that the American:

"Patriots proposed to overcome the handicap of high wages and scarcity of labor by putting the 'idle and indolent' and women and children to work. Alexander Hamilton, in particular, impatiently awaited the day when tens of thousands of children would be happily trooping off to the factories. The high birth rate of the colonies offered hope that some day America would be able to compete with Great Britain if children were properly utilized.

One colonist deemed it proper that they be employed 'from the time they were able to move their hands and feet.' High wages were denounced as the bane oft he colonies: 'It is certain,' remarked an American, 'that high wages more frequently make labouring people miserable; they too commonly employ their spare time and cash, in debauching their morals and ruining their health.' Clearly, to save the American working man from himself, it was necessary to beat down wages to a salutary level; and many of the advocates of manufacturing were ready to do this service for American labor."

And the National Resturant Association, too!


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