Skip to comments.Minimum-wage bill to cover U.S. Samoa
Posted on 01/14/2007 9:06:45 AM PST by RS
"House Democrats say a just-passed minimum-wage bill will be changed to cover all U.S. territories including American Samoa "
"Spokesmen for Pelosi and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, the author of the minimum-wage bill, said it excluded American Samoa at the request of nonvoting Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a Democrat who represents the Pacific island territories in the House.
Raising the federal minimum wage would devastate the local tuna industry, Faleomavaega said in a statement last week, adding that American Samoa's economy is more than 80 percent dependent on Chicken of the Sea and StarKist."
(Excerpt) Read more at signonsandiego.com ...
'Raising the federal minimum wage would devastate the local tuna industry, Faleomavaega said in a statement last week, adding that American Samoa's economy is more than 80 percent dependent on Chicken of the Sea and StarKist."'
Screw 'em. Middle American teenagers need more money for PS3 games.
This helps illustrate how the min wage bill is a BAD thing.
I see the MSM was quick to cover Bella Pelosi's butt.
Prepare for an increase in the price of canned tuna.
I'm sure the environmentalists will approve, though.
Too bad. It looked like American Samoa was going to escape this madness at first.
Time to stock up on canned tuna.
It does show why we should never back down from the democrats. They're more afraid of us than the republicans.
Not only that ... They originally excluded Samoa at the request of it's Democrat representative who then presumably supported it .... then turned around to screw him once it passed.
The Democrat leadership of the House & Senate can change any and every bill to whatever they want AFTER it is passed by the rank and file.
If the bill needs to be changed, then it will be a 100-hour violation unless they can get the vote to happen in that window.
San Fran Nan singing a different tuna? ;-)
"Spokesmen for Pelosi and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, the author of the minimum-wage bill, said it excluded American Samoa at the request of nonvoting Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a Democrat who represents the Pacific island territories in the House."
Yeah, right. I'm sure that Pelosi asked him to make the statement.
A federal minimum wage is a bad idea anyway you cut it. The fact that a dollar will buy more in some areas of the country than others is one huge glaring reason ther should be no national minimum wage.
The Democrats have just destroyed the economy of American Samoa. Unfortunately, the media will move on and the American public will miss out on this microcosm of socialist stupidity.
This bill needs to go thru committe.There,s to much PORK in it.
"If the bill needs to be changed, then it will be a 100-hour violation ..."
If the Senate passes some version of this and the bill goes to consolidation before going to the President, they can do just about ANYTHING they want to it with no revote necessary ... correct ?
Sort of ... the conference committee can do lots of things to the bill although I'm not sure they can introduce things that aren't in one of the two versions. However, the conference report must be accepted by both Houses of Congress. And that assumes the Members read the conference report before voting, just as we assume they read the legislation. /HystericalLaughter
At the rate things are going, canned tuna will be banned by 2012 anyway. Since eating 991 cans of tuna at one sitting contains enough mercury to kill a rat, it should be banned.
By 2018, the only things that will be served in NYC restaurants will be berries and water (8 oz limit because of that recent story about the person who died from drinking too much water). This will continue until berries and water are banned.
By 2022 we'll have all starved to death because all food and water will have been banned. Apple seeds have cyanide? Let's ban apples. 1/1000 people are allergic to nuts? Let's ban them. Salt? gone. beef? Sugar? c-ya. Mushrooms are a fungus? banned. chicken? banned. pork? offensive to Muslims; banned. Carrots and potatoes? they grow underground with dirt and all. banned.
Nancy Pelosi targets WIC,(women,infants,and children).
What food benefits do WIC participants receive?WIC foods include iron-fortified infant formula and infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit and/or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried beans or peas, tuna fish and carrots.
pelosi and the dems going after moms and babies,how mean spirited;)
If this were a Republican enabling this crap he would have been crucified in the news this weekend.
It just means a bigger subsidy for Pelosi's constituents. That's probably why she has no problem increasing the min. wage in Samoa. She knows the government is picking up the tab anyway.
In reality, it means both canneries are going to shut down..
Hmmm, since I have lawsuits against both, maybe this means they will settle..
Spokesmen for Pelosi and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, the author of the minimum-wage bill, said it excluded American Samoa at the request of nonvoting Delegate Eni Faleomavaega,
Is Samoa excluded or not? This article is shamefully written.
This is a victory for Republicans. Unemployment in somoa will make the effects of the minimum wage obvious.
The next step should be to force the wage increase to go into effect before the next election, so it becomes obvious who's responsible.
So when will these canneries be moving to China?
And that was just during the first 100 hours. Think what they can do in the next two years.
Case of 48 6-once cans is just $39.95 at BJ's Wholesale.
No, it illustrates how the MSM is easily conflicted when faced with the unvarnished facts of economics. In this case, the denial vector (it is more a tensor, to translate reality to liberalthink) got pointed at protecting supporters of the minimum wage rather than spinning plausable denial about the Samoan cannery jobs.
This makes it even more interesting -
Originally it was to cover ALL the Pacific island territories EXCEPT Samoa - Why ? Starkist Hedquarters is in Pelosi's district !
Its a travesty that hundreds of employees of a thriving business in a far off land will probably lose their jobs, devastating the local tuna industry, because of Democrats elected through no fault of their own or even the right to vote. I can't think of a more cruel example of taxation without representation. The depraved dominatrix, Mistress Nancy, has drawn first blood with her whip.
The employees of Chicken of the Sea and StarKist should have the right to declare their home Not-American Samoa during the next two years rather than suffer the unjust economic tyranny of socialist Democrats in the U.S.
I'm not sure the Republicans in Congress expected things to go this far. I think they expected to get some publicity that would allow the bill to die quietly in conference committee.
Instead, the Democrats call that bluff by showing how dedicated they are to legislation that "feels good" instead of doing the right thing. As if any further proof were needed that these people are concerned only with consolidating and expanding their own power. Hugo and Fidel must be proud.
Don't get me wrong, I am not defending RINO's, but the problem with the minimum wage is that the average american is just too stupid to understand why it is a problem, so I am not surprised that if it was going to pass anyway a lot of GOP congressmen voted for it.
Wrecking the economy through ill advised policies is a victory to nobody.
There's probably a little bit more going on here than meets the eye. The minimum wage for the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands was hiked in the original bill. The CNMI is traditionally a Republican area, while American Samoa has traditionally been represented by Democrats. The Democrats seem intent on conforming the CNMI labor and perhaps other laws to U.S. laws due to abuses in their dying garment industry. American Samoa also has been allowed to make its own laws in some areas. By requiring the Democrats to make anything that they want to change in the CNMI also apply to American Samoa, it might make the Democrats think twice about whether the changes really need to be made. The Democrats are on notice that further wrecking the economy of the CNMI will come at a price - unfortunately, potentially harming American Samoa.
This might help Charlie the Tuna to live a longer life. Ba news for Morris though, his meow feast will go up in price.
That was ba=bad, sorry
Now dropouts from high school can earn a living wage.
No, bills changed after going to the other house, or in conference committee, must be voted on again. It's usually pretty pro forma though.
Maybe. What it tells me is that 40 percent the GOP Congressional caucus have no principles by voting for a bill they've not read (another thread revealed that many Republicans were "shocked" and "angered" that the bill had this provision).
Currently the minimum wage in Samoa is $3 something per hour. So the only fair remedy would be to freeze prices retroactively to Jan 1, 2007 levels to prevent windfall profits for capitalist companies exploiting residents of the island.
That way all the Samoans will be equal and it will give them a grace period to save money until the time Star Kist relocates their operations to Red China, Thailand, or some other 3rd world country not hobbled by minimum wage hassles.
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