Friday, January 12, 2007

Pelosi's "Culture of Corruption"

Hypocrisy is a beautiful thing when your opponents sling the term around like mud and then jump into the mudpit themselves.

WorldNetDaily reported today that Nancy Pelosi has pulled the "do as I say, not as I do" trick just a week after she took the gavel as Speaker of the House.

A special exemption in the nation's proposed new minimum wage law could benefit a company headquartered in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district, and several Republican members of the U.S. House are objecting.

The minimum wage bill has been promised as one of the top priorities by Democrats, who are in the majority in both the U.S. House and Senate for the first time in years. They acted quickly on it, with an approving vote this week.

But while the proposed change in law adds American territories to the minimum wage requirements for the first time, American Samoa remains exempt. That's where Del Monte's brand name StarKist tuna has a huge plant, employing thousands of workers who would have been affected by inclusion in the minimum wage plan.

[Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)] noted Pelosi's campaign promises of honest government.

"Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats."

The Washington Times had this to say about the exception:

Although the legislation specifically extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.

That's right. Only American Samoa, where 75% of the people are employed by Star Kist, is exempt from minimum wages laws.

Pelosi's got some 'splaining to do. And she's got a fat piece of legislation with a self-serving loophole to plug.

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