Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Your priorities are showing

Shirley Ringo, Latah County's own representative, has sponsored legislation in the Idaho house to raise Idaho's minimum wage from $5.15/hour (the federal minimum wage, donchaknow) to $6.15/hour. When originally introduced, it was jettisoned by House leadership who called it too "political." Idaho Democrats are back at it, and with the threat of boredom, they forced the Idaho legislature into giving the idea an "up or down vote" (ahem). So what was it that got this wage hike into trouble earlier in the legislative session? Eye on Boise lays out the scene:
Democrats were none too pleased last month when Newcomb was asked about the minimum wage bill at his annual talk to the Idaho Press Club, and he dismissed it as just a political issue. Idaho’s minimum wage, $5.15 an hour, falls far below that of Washington and many other states. “Basically you look at things like that and you look at the sponsors and you can kind of tell it’s for political reasons and not for real reasons,” Newcomb said then.
So what passes muster for the Idaho legislature? Apparently, their definition of what is too political does not exclude the blatantly unconstitutional. Loaded thoughts, amongst many, is rightfully alarmed at proposed legislation that would dictate that
...the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.
And guess who has spoken out in favor of this legislation? Why, everyone's favorite opponent of gynecological care, Brandi Swindell. A quote:
"I think its important that our Constitution protects the freedom of religion, not the freedom from religion."
So it's important that you can force your religion on others...but not that people are paid more for the hard work they do. Someone's priorities are showing.
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