Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bush Helps Victims by Lowing Their Wages

Bush is doing a bang up job helping the victims of Katrina. Now that people are out of work and desparately in need of jobs, what does he do? Eliminates the law that requires them to be paid the "prevailing rate:"
President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage:

In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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The Davis-Bacon law requires federal contractors to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. It applies to federally funded construction projects such as highways and bridges.

That's right, boys and girls. Helping people means helping pad a government contractor's bottom line. Uh, who are these government contractors anyway who now get to up their margins by low balling their laborers?
An Arlington-based Halliburton Co. subsidiary that has been criticized for its reconstruction work in Iraq has begun tapping a $500 million Navy contract to do emergency repairs at Gulf Coast naval and Marine facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc., won the competitive bid contract last July to provide debris removal and other emergency work associated with natural disasters.

You just can't make this shit up.