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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Right's Politics of Greed

Molly Ivins: The Politics of Greed
Jul 10, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas--I don't get it. What's the percentage in keeping the minimum wage at $5.15 an hour? After nine years? This is such an unnecessary and nasty Republican move. Congress has voted seven times to raise its own wages since last the minimum wage budged. Of course, Congress always raises its own salary in the dark of night, hoping no one will notice. But now it does the same with the minimum wage hike, quietly killing it.

Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers -- this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts.

...Greed is the greatest danger as we develop an increasingly winner-take-all system. And voices like The Wall Street Journal's editorial page encourage this mentality by insisting that any form of regulation is bad. But for whom?

It is so discouraging to watch this country become less and less fair--"justice for all" seems like an embarrassingly archaic tag. Republicans have rigged the 'lottery of life' in this country in ways we don't even know about yet.
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Read entire column at TruthDig here.

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