So… there’s this little thing called the Davis-Bacon act. It was passed in 1931 – you may recall that was during the depression era – to set a minimum pay scale for workers on federal contracts.
This guy named Robert Bacon thought it would help get the country out of the depression if government contractors had to pay a “prevailing” or “accepted” wage in a particular area. He got a northern guy to put his name on it too and there you go.
Sounds reasonable? Right?
It was a way to insist that people be paid a basic level of wage for certain kinds of work. It would help people get their feet on the ground and since most of the work those days was government work, it was all the more helpful.
Well, we’ve been going along all this time – almost 75 years – with this idea that companies hiring people to work on government contracts should pay a certain, average, wage.
That was until this week, when Bush suspended the law so that his buddies who own construction companies, can make MORE money when they rebuild from the hurricane.
Prevailing wage for a construction worker in New Orleans was $9 an hour. I wish I could hire one for that out here on the plains, but I digress. OK, so, Bush has decided that’s just completely unreasonable. So, lets say a company was going to build a $20,000 building. Maybe they’d spend 9,000 of it on labor. Now, the building is still going to cost $20,000 but they’ll only have to pay $6,000 (or whatever) in labor. So, gosh, the company (can you say Halliburton?) get to keep an extra three grand.
He’s saying that $9 an hour is overpayment for rebuilding a community. Can he screw this up even further? I swear, every day I don’t think so, and every day he surprises me yet again.
Never mind we already had an area that was depressed economically, now he’s trying to make it worse – all the while lining the pockets of his friends.
How do we stop this madness? When will it end? We aren’t going to have a country left to save in another three years. We’ve got to get rid of him.
Impeach Bush. He’s demonstrated incompetence – surely that’s sufficient. He said the debacle of the hurricane relief was his fault, thankfully ending all the stupidity I’ve been reading the last couple of weeks about how it wasn’t his fault. I knew it was. Any thinking person knew it was. Finally, a week and a half later, he caught on too. I’m willing to make this one exception and BELIEVE what he says this time.