Thursday, November 16, 2006

Democrats Plan To Bury America With Minimum Wage Raise

2nd Grade Economics Lesson:
a.) Minimum wage increases
b.) American businesses can't compete on world market and are forced to close or outsource overseas for cheaper labor.
c.) America's lower and middle class workers lose jobs
d.) Taxes are raised to support the unemployed
e.) America falls even further behind the rest of the world economically (China, India, etc.)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_go_co/minimum_wage

Democrats prepare to raise minimum wage

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer
Thu Nov 16, 12:30 PM ET

WASHINGTON - It looks like full steam ahead for a significant boost to the federal minimum wage when Democrats assume control of Congress in January.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) of Massachusetts said Thursday that increasing the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 would be his top priority as chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

On the House side, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., already has listed an increase in the minimum wage as one of the issues that would be taken up during the first 100 hours of the next Congress.

"Americans are working harder than ever, but millions of hardworking men and women across the country aren't getting their fair share," Kennedy said during a speech outlining his legislative agenda for next year. "We're not rewarding work fairly anymore, and working families are falling behind."

President Bush signaled readiness last week to consider some Democratic priorities such as a minimum-wage increase, overhauling immigration policy and finding compromise on renewing the No Child Left Behind education law.

Critics of boosting the minimum wage say it kills job creation as employers hire fewer entry-level workers to compensate for the higher wage expenses. Kennedy said the minimum wage has remained at $5.15 an hour for nearly 10 years.

Most states have their own minimum wages laws, with some states having rates the same as the federal minimum wage and some with rates higher than the federal minimum.

Kennedy noted that ballot initiatives establishing or raising the minimum wage in six states all passed in this month's election.

"If there is one message from this election that emerged loud and clear, it's that no one who works for a living should have to live in poverty," Kennedy said.

Kennedy also said he would seek to expand federal support for research on stem cells coming from embryos, which Congress approved last year, but Bush vetoed. The issue won't go away, he promised.

On education, Kennedy said he would seek to make college more affordable by increasing the size of Pell Grants from $4,050 to $5,100, and by cutting interest rates on student loans.

"It is more important than ever for our citizens to have a college education so they can compete in the global economy and have a fair chance at the American dream," he said.

On health care, Kennedy said the Senate's HELP committee would expand a health insurance program that now provides health coverage for about 4 million children. He also would look for ways to expand coverage to other populations too, he said, but he did not provide specifics, such as how to pay for that coverage.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Khamenei calls elections a victory for Iran

Because the Dems are strong on National Defense
(Sarcastically Speaking Of Course)!!!

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=politicsNews&storyid=2006-11-10T140135Z_01_L10266591_RTRUKOC_0_US-USA-ELECTIONS-IRAN.xml&src=rss&rpc=22

By Jon Hemming

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called Republican defeats in US congressional elections a victory for Iran.

Bush has accused Iran of trying to make a nuclear bomb, being a state sponsor of terrorism and stoking sectarian conflict in Iraq, all charges Tehran denies.

"This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush's hawkish policies in the world," Khamenei said in remarks reported by Iran's student news agency ISNA on Friday.

"Since Washington's hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation."

The Democrats wrested control of both houses of Congress from the Republicans in this week's mid-term elections, partly because of voter concern over the war in Iraq.

Khamenei, a senior cleric in power since 1989, has the last word on matters of state in Iran's complex system of Islamic rule, while the government, under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in charge of day-to-day decision making.

"The result of this election indicates that the majority of American people are dissatisfied and are fed up with the policies of the American administration," the IRNA state news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Khamenei said military maneuvers in the Gulf this week in which Iranian forces tested new missile systems showed Iran was ready to face any threat.

But, he said: "With the scandalous defeat of America's policies in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan, America's threats are empty threats on an international scale."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

NY Times Reports Saddam Working On A-Bomb

New York Times document posted two weeks ago:

Sadaam Hussein was 1 YEAR AWAY FROM HAVING AN ATOM BOMB.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/world/middleeast/03cnd-documents.html?_r=3&ref=technology&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Iraq's weapon: Oh, that nuclear bomb

At last, the New York Times has proven Sen. John Kerry right about Iraq.

The Times reported on Friday that Iraqi nuclear weapons documents placed on
a U.S. government Web site might have inadvertently spread highly detailed
nuclear weapon designs, potentially to hostile nations. But wait, there's
more.

The documents in question were nuclear weapons plans captured in Iraq. The
Times reported on Friday that the papers were so advanced and so detailed
that they could significantly advance nuclear programs in nations such as
Iran.


To quote the a paragraph buried in the Times story, "Among the dozens of
documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for
United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its
unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war.

Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein's scientists were on the verge of
building an atom bomb, as little as a year away."

Saddam was "this close" to obtaining a nuclear weapon? What vindication for
Sen. Kerry!

Remember, it was in 2002 -- the very year stamped on some of these documents
-- that Kerry said, "Why is Saddam Hussein attempting to develop nuclear
weapons when most nations don't even try. . . It would be naive to the point
of grave danger not to believe that, left to his own devices, Saddam Hussein
will provoke, misjudge, or stumble into a future, more dangerous
confrontation with the civilized world. He has as much as promised it."

Alas, had President Gore only listened to his hawkish comrade from
Massachusetts and not refused to invade Iraq back in 2003. We might have
stopped the Butcher of Baghdad from acquiring his nuclear arsenal and
selling bombs to terrorists while we had the chance.

Had Texas Gov. George W. Bush won the 2000 election, maybe things would be
different. Maybe Manhattan and Los Angeles would still exist.

Maybe we would have lost thousands of American troops in a war to take out a
rogue dictator and establish a non-hostile regime but not lost hundreds of
thousands of American civilians after pretending that diplomacy with maniacs
was a sound strategy.

Oh, wait. What were we thinking? Bush did win. We did invade Iraq. New York
and L.A. are still there. The American people, Democrats and Republicans
alike, did have the stomach for standing up to rogue regimes that were
seeking nuclear material and blatantly threatening the United States.

Alas, it looks like the American people have now lost their will to stand up
to thugs who want to kill us. They appear on the verge of choosing retreat
when the going gets tough, just as Osama bin Laden long ago predicted we
would do.

At least, before we gave up the fight, we stopped one-third of the Axis of
Evil from going nuclear.