Sunday, January 14, 2007
Pelosi Exempts Home-Town Business from Min Wage
StarKist Tuna owned by DelMonte Corporation has a tuna factory based on the U.S. territory of American Samoa, which employs about 500 workers many of whom are paid at minimum wage. So...what's so special about DelMonte??
DelMonte is based in Pelosi's district in San Francisco.
(Update 1/15--New information reveals that Speaker Pelosi's husband currently owns about $17 million in DelMonte stock!)--What was that about "most ethical Congress in history, Madame Speaker?
I guess if you're a Democrat that has a district with a company that might have the ability to funnel large sums of contributions to your campaign someday or help your family's stock fortunes..and you need to exert a little influence on legislation for them--that's OK...
If you're a Republican...you automatically are part of the "Culture of Corruption" because..no Democrat could possibly ever be corrupt....
Saturday, January 13, 2007
WH-08: Ron Paul forms exploratory committee
If I may be allowed to coin a new Caucus Coolerism, could Paul be a CFCA (Credible Fiscally Conservative Alternative)? He's certainly a credible fiscal conservative, but I'd be shocked if he could rally the money and organization needed to compete with the big guns (or even the medium guns). I know there is a small core of Libertarian activists (I was once one of them) who Paul could rely on in Ames and Iowa City if he made a stand here in Iowa. My guess is that Paul will enter the Cooler Line somewhere between Duncan Hunter and Chuck Hagel, say 250-1.
Paul, of Lake Jackson, acknowledges that the national GOP has never fully embraced him despite his nine terms in office under its banner. He gets little money from the GOP's large traditional donors but benefits from individual conservative and Libertarian donors outside Texas. He bills himself as "the taxpayers' best friend" and is routinely ranked either first or second in the U.S. House by the National Taxpayers Union, a group advocating low taxes and limited government.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Early caucus paranoia/Vilsack's lame governorship
State29 has a great post about our outgoing governor's record:
- Appointing Michael Gartner to state boards.
- Corporate welfare (Vision Iowa).
- Ongoing polluting of Iowa's rivers and streams by factory farmers.
- An out of control deer population that is killing people and ruining livelihoods.
- The draining of the Senior Living Trust.
- Allowing the fraudulent spending of the tobacco shakedown money.