<![CDATA[According to the Proclamation by the President: To Suspend Subchapter IV of Chapter 31 of Title 40, United States Code, Within a Limited Geographic Area in Response to the National Emergency Caused by Hurricane Katrina:
(b) The wage rates imposed by section 3142 of title 40, United States Code, increase the cost to the Federal Government of providing Federal assistance to these areas.
So, Mr, Bush suspends those rules in an executive order. After relaxing pollution standards and resisting any price caps on gasoline, the President shows again that it’s the little people who have to bear the burden of a disaster, not Bush’s friends in industry. Workers in the hurricane region will be paid less than the prevailing wage to keep Federal costs low. Now, these are the same people who most need the work and to have an opportunity to rebuild their lives. Yet, again, it is the least powerful in America who are asked to carry the greatest burden.
Oh, but the poor do get a National Day of Prayer. Maybe things will go better for them in the next life, eh, Mr. President?
Fortunately, though, Mr. Bush is still on his toes in the War on Terror. He extended the “national emergency” for another year. Do you feel safer, yet? No, just poorer?