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A minimum wage (for others)

January 12, 2007 by

How is it possible that Nancy Pelosi’s own district would be excluded in the new minimum wage law? That seems too brazen to be true. But I guess that could be said about a lot of things. (Thanks Manuel)


Bill January 12, 2007 at 10:47 am

What do you expect? Politicians always exempt themselves and friends from those annoying laws that the rest of us have to obey.

Mike January 12, 2007 at 11:27 am

It appears this is another piece of legislation that they voted on without reading the text.
Incompetent and worthless.

Frank Staheli January 12, 2007 at 1:48 pm

There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of news on this story. A comment on another blog says that Pelosi didn’t add specific wording in this bill, but that existing minimum wage law for American Samoa (United States Code-29) already establishes the exemption.

Is this true?

spencer January 12, 2007 at 2:11 pm

It is not her district.

spencer January 12, 2007 at 2:15 pm

nor does the bill exempt Starkist.

No wonder the Washington Times has such a horrible reputation.

The article gets almost every fact it relates incorrect.

spencer January 12, 2007 at 2:21 pm

Yes Frank it is true that American Samoa has always been exempt form the minimum wage.

The real issue is not the Starkist processing plant, rather it is that firms import Asian labor and make clothes there at asian wage levels but can put a made in america label on the clothes.

Bill January 13, 2007 at 11:33 am

The article sucks, but it does raise a question in my mind. That is: If the prosperity and satisfaction provided by the Minimum Wage isn’t good for Samoa then why the hell is it good for the rest of the USA or even the rest of humanity?

I find it hard to believe that there is not one single person in the other states or US territories that is not hurt by Minimum Wage as they are in US Samoa.

The article of course does not go into this question. Instead it worries about some congress person’s psuedo-involvement in some psuedo-conspirancy to exempt the island of Samoa.

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