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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The MSM is NOT Liberally Biased

For the sake of argument, let’s say that the main stream media is not liberally biased, but is middle of the road as they claim.

Then how is exempting American Samoa from the minimum wage increase middle of the road? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said two weeks ago when the exemption was noted:

"I have asked the education and labor committee as they go forward with the legislation to make sure that all of the territories have to comply with U.S. law on the minimum wage,"

Yesterday according to the Washington Times (good luck finding it elsewhere):

“The Democrat-controlled Senate took up a bill yesterday that would raise the minimum wage across the United States and its territories but exempt American Samoa, where tuna canneries pay workers $3.26 an hour.”

It’s odd that something this fishy (pun intended) has not raised the interest of the msm as it would were it the other side of the aisle slipping in this loophole.

Raising the minimum wage wouldn’t have the negative effect on employment, pricing or anything along those lines as Democrats claim. Oddly enough, this would happen in American Samoa if the wage were raised from the $3.26/hr now paid there, at least according to Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, a nonvoting Democrat representing American Samoa:

A "decrease in production or departure of one or both of the two canneries in American Samoa could devastate the local economy, resulting in massive layoffs and insurmountable financial difficulties."

"The truth is the global tuna industry is so competitive that it is no longer possible for the federal government to demand mainland minimum-wage rates for American Samoa without causing the collapse of our economy and making us welfare wards of the federal government.”

Hmmmm, but nothing like layoffs would happen in the continental United States.

They’re just not interested because it’s so middle of the road, leaning neither Right or Left.


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