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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:57 PM
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OK, I'm back. What fresh hell is the Am. worker being drug thru
in the Senate. I missed a whole bunch--had to go into town and then I had to move a skid of mulch from this side of the yard to that side of the yard. But, what the heck are the Rs trying to do to the work week. I just caught Gregg raking Hillary over the coals.
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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:02 PM
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1. They are debating Senator Kennedy's
amendment to increase the minimum wage. Kennedy's amendment proposed only a $1.10 increase over two years. Kennedy's amendment is two pages. Mike Enzi of Wyoming has come up with the Repuke version which is 87 pages. It also raises the minimum wage by $1.10 per hour, but there are all kinds of restrictions on it. NO OVERTIME, for one. The will be voting on Kennedy's amendment at 4:30 p.m. today.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:07 PM
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2. If these guys had to live on minimum wage
they would be wimpering & crying before the first day was done.

Holy crap, minimum wage is less than $12,000 a year!
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:09 PM
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3. They are also SALARIED and not working for hourly wages.
If they miss work to go to the soccer game, their income doesn't suffer.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:16 PM
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6. Ain't that the truth
and around where I live, it's next to impossible to find any rent places for under 600 a month, 800 if you want to live in an apartment complex.

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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:11 PM
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4. Mike Enzi up now, defending his amendment.
Saying Dems don't listen or read. Read the amendment, he says!!
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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:14 PM
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5. Enzi says his amendment is good policy
for small business. No guarantee for small business owner. He sometimes makes less than the minimum wage earner!!
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:20 PM
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7. The Rs are wrong. This time off stuff will be abused just like it
is in the public sector. I've worked government jobs, and the employer quite often will find a reason to keep the workload at a level where it is difficult to get time off by virtue of the work needing to be done. If the employee doesn't get an agreement of the employer, then it doesn't happen. Also the employer doesn't pay overtime, since they are theoretically compensating with comp time. For a minimum wage person, this curtailment of overtime pay does not help in an economy out of control.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:32 PM
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8. Enzii---American dream is to own a McDonalds, not earn a better
wage--a paraphrase of what he said. Owning a McDonalds is the American dream and an increase in wage doesn't get that. Working your way up at MickyDs--doesn't say how you can come by enough capital to do this.
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:59 PM
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9. for more & more Americans
the dream includes food, health care and shelter, they can't even begin 2 consider higher education - forget your elitest business, 2nd home & yacht.

I really, realy hate these rethug asswipes.
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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:05 PM
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10. Enzi said that there were plenty of jobs
in the Wyoming coal mines. He said work not too appropriate for women, but they could drive coal trucks.

Shocker -- both Specter and Santorum voted for Kennedy's amendment.
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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:18 PM
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11. The Senate is voting on Enzi's amendment
now. DeWine from Ohio also vote for Kennedy's amendment.
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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:50 PM
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12. Well, they defeated Enzi's amendment also.
Specter voted for it, too. My list of Repukes who voted against it:

Burr, Isakson, Vitter, Coburn, Sununu, Lott, Inhoff, Allard.
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