But many Southerners feel the law has achieved its purpose and become more nuisance than necessity in several respects. They have aired those arguments for years, but yesterday they got a boost from Republicans scattered throughout the nation who are increasingly raising a different concern: They insist that immigrants learn and use English.
Let's see, conservatives want to either not renew the Voting Rights Act because it is a nuisance or tie the renewal of the Act to English only ballots. This is the kind of under the door racism that plaques a party that keeps swearing it is the party of the average person. If there is no class war as conservatives insist there isn't then why are Americans being constantly required to meet conservative litmus tests. You must be white, you must be fluent enough in English to exercise your right to vote, and if you didn't manage to snag a cushy job serving on the board of directors of Exxon then why do you deserve a wage that comes anywhere near keeping up with the cost of living, Minimum-Wage Increase Fails
Democrats noted that the minimum wage has not been adjusted for inflation in nine years, despite soaring gasoline and energy prices and rising housing costs. Workers receiving the current minimum wage earn only $10,700 a year, "almost $6,000 below the poverty line for a family of three," Kennedy said.
Just last week, the House rejected an effort to block a $3,300 annual increase in the base salary for a member of Congress. If the raise goes through, rank-and-file members will earn $168,500 — a $31,600 increase since the last minimum-wage increase was enacted in 1997.
If you actually work for a living and make $11,000 a year you should be thankful, if conservatives were to raise that to a wage that someone could reasonably be expected to live on then businesses that need workers just will not hire anyone. On the surface it all sounds like and really is a form of economic blackmail, but it's actually worse then that. We could never expect the conservative mindset to question a system where workers earn so little in comparison to the people that employ them. The system appears to be broken and conservative seem to take pride in the fact that we have an economic minority who are literally wage slaves. This is justified for among other reasons because wage slavery is a kind of right of passage for young workers on their way to bigger and better things. An attitude indicative of a political movement that lives in a bubble and has little to no concept of real working life in America. A $193.00 check doesn't go very far and in no way provides for a family. The formula used to be that you spent a quarter of your income on rent. Where in America can you find a decent place to live for $193 a month. Even at the new proposed minimum wage of $7.25 that mean mean a rent of about $295(gross) a month. Then where is the money for utilities, food, gas, car payments.maintenance, clothing etc.
Fringe right-wing conservatives like Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) regardless of party affiliation have a responsibility to be truthful in their dealings with the public. That is they are to at the very least meet ethically bound to meet minimum standards as regards the facts and to not interpret or stretch the facts to bolster their agenda, Republican Congress members claim that evidence of Saddam's WMD have been identified
"While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991," the Iraq Survey Group reported in 2004. "There are no credible Indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter, a policy ISG attributes to Baghdad’s desire to see sanctions lifted, or rendered ineffectual, or its fear of force against it should WMD be discovered."
"The chief weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, has now issued a comprehensive report that confirms the earlier conclusion of David Kay that Iraq did not have the weapons that our intelligence believed were there," said President Bush in October of 2004, as cited at Think Progress.
While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991. There are no credible indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter, a policy ISG attributes to Baghdad’s desire to see sanctions lifted, or rendered ineffectual, or its fear of force against it should WMD be discovered.
* The scale of the Iraqi conventional munitions stockpile, among other factors, precluded an examination of the entire stockpile; however, ISG inspected sites judged most likely associated with possible storage or deployment of chemical weapons.
Iraq’sCW program was crippled by the Gulf war and the legitimate chemical industry, which suffered under sanctions, only began to recover in the mid-1990s. Subsequent changes in the management of key military and civilian organizations, followed by an influx of funding and resources, provided Iraq with the ability to reinvigorate its industrial base.
As of this writing it is a little odd that the only people carrying the story are Fox and the far right-wing blogs. Both sources of so many lies on behalf of Bush and the unhinged conservative movement that credibility isn't much of an issue, they lie all the time about everything under the sun. Some of those lies are clearly to advance an agenda, but in some instances like this, one gets the feeling that they're just lying because they enjoy it. It is kind of a battle against reality; can their lies repeated so often that those lies become the big brother-like narrative. Reality becomes whatever they say it is. The repercussions are a little disconcerting as we as a nation move toward basing policies on beliefs rather then rational justifications. Gunmen abduct 100 Iraqi workers
I think I might be coming around to the conservative POV on staying the course in Iraq. By lets say 2010 most of the Iraqis that conservatives say they care so much about saving will be dead, we declare victory and name a golf course near the oil fields after Dick Cheney.
Still among the myriad microwaves, the
infra-red messages, the gigabytes of ones
and zeroes, we find words, infinitesimally
small, byte-sized now, tinier even than
science lurking in some vague electricity
where, if we listen we can hear the solitary
voice of that poet telling us,
"We are no other than a moving row
Of Magic shadow-shapes that come and go
Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern hold
In Midnight by the Master of the show."
POET'S VOICE (o.s.)
"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it."
"Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
Tomorrow's Silence, Triumph or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where."
from the screenplay TWELVE MONKEYS David Peoples & Janet Peoples