Sunday, August 31, 2003

Happy Labor Day

Overtime? What's that? The redoubtable Greg Palast takes on the latest inane scheme from the Bushies to screw the working man:

In celebration of the working person's holiday, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced the Bush Administration's plan to end the 60-year-old law which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime.

I'm sure you already knew that -- if you happened to have run across page 15,576 of the Federal Register.

According to the Register, where the Bush Administration likes to place it's little gifts to major campaign donors, 2.7 million workers will lose their overtime pay -- for a "benefit" of $1.53 billion. I put "benefit" in quotes because, in the official cost-benefit analysis issued by Bush's Labor Department, the amount employers will now be able to slice out of workers' pockets is tallied on the plus side of the rules change.

All this while Dubya lazes the entire month of August away at his ranch, when most Americans are damned lucky to get a miserable week off a year. Sing, everyone..."I'm proud to beee an Americaaaannnn..." Rrriiiight.

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