Thursday, September 08, 2005

Class Warfare

They used 9/11 to ram though a widely unpopular partisan agenda. Of course they are going to do it with Katrina too.
    By executive order, Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act in areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, allowing federal contractors to pay less than the local "prevailing wage" on construction projects. Rep. George Miller of California, senior Democrat on the House committee that oversees labor law, said the move would allow employers to pay "poverty wages" as they rebuild from the hurricane."The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives," he said in a statement, noting the prevailing wage for construction in New Orleans was about $9 an hour. "At under $9 an hour, workers certainly won't be able to rebuild their livelihoods," he said.

On a related note, Salon discusses a Wall Street Journal article on the plantation class' plan for revitalizing New Orleans:
    ... the Journal does provide a glimpse into the thinking of some of the other rich white folks who have survived Katrina relatively unscathed. The Journal introduces us to one James Reiss, a man who "helicoptered in" an Israeli security company to protect his New Orleans home from looters. When the city is rebuilt, Reiss says, it should be a very different place than it was before. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: demographically, geographically and politically," Reiss tells the Journal. "I'm not just speaking for myself here. The way we've been living is not going to happen again, or we're out."

    We'll let the Journal handle the translation. What Reiss means, the paper says, is that "the new city must be very different ... with better services and fewer poor people."

The resistance has begun to organize as well:

The Black Commentator's Glen Ford argues for a Right of Return for the poor Black residents of New Orleans.

And Naomi Klein reports on Community Labor United, a coalition of low-income groups in New Orleans, which is calling for a people's reconstruction of New Orleans.

And George III exploits the mourning to promote his theocratic agenda by declaring next Friday "A National Day of Prayer."

UPDATE: 9/9 "Houston for the Underprivileged" Tour

1 Comments:

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