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Sometimes it comes down to honest differences of opinion. People often disagree. It's just how it is. But sometimes....on occasion....it isn't just about differences of opinion. Sometimes the problem lies with the people who are differing.
The current attack by Tea Party-elected Republican officials on people who work for a living is an example of one of those times. What's happening in many states around the country isn't primarily about differences of opinion on how to fill state budget gaps. Instead, it's about the people who are leading the charge to undercut the working stiffs of the United States.
Those governors and state legislators leading the charge today against working families don't just have a difference of opinion about how to close budget gaps.........they have become very bad people.
One old example....and then one new one.
Remember Enron? Enron was a huge company whose leadership dressed nice, looked nice, traveled to all the right places, knew all the right people and could talk a good game. The Village elders could not praise Enron officials enough. But those Enron leaders became very bad people. How bad? Let me remind you of just how bad.....
"He just f---s California," says one Enron employee. "He steals money from California to the tune of about a million."
"Will you rephrase that?" asks a second employee.
"OK, he, um, he arbitrages the California market to the tune of a million bucks or two a day," replies the first.
Enron traders were manipulating the electricity market for profit....and of course, sh*ts and giggles. They knew exactly what they were doing and who it affected. And they didn't care. They were doing what their higher ups wanted them to do, and making a boatload of filthy lucre while doing it.
"All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?"
"Yeah, grandma Millie, man"
"Yeah, now she wants her f------g money back for all the power you've charged right up, jammed right up her a------ for f------g $250 a megawatt hour."
These were very bad people doing bad things to other people.
"Do you know when you started over-scheduling load and making buckets of money on that?"
Before the 2000 election, Enron employees pondered the possibilities of a Bush win.
"It'd be great. I'd love to see Ken Lay Secretary of Energy," says one Enron worker.
"When this election comes Bush will f------g whack this s--t, man. He won't play this price-cap b------t."
These were not regular working stiffs who simply disagreed with others about how electricity should be marketed. These were seemingly regular folks whose greed transformed them into becoming very bad people.
In the state of Maine today,.....just as in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and New Jersey....there are seemingly average elected officials so drunk on ideology and power that they have turned themselves into very bad people.
Think Progress reports on the introduction of a bill in Maine by Republican State Rep. David Burns which, if passed, would exploit children under the age of 18.
LD 1346 suggests several significant changes to Maine’s child labor law, most notably a 180-day period during which workers under age 20 would earn $5.25 an hour.
The state’s current minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.
Rep. David Burns, R-Whiting, is sponsoring the bill, which also would eliminate the maximum number of hours a minor over 16 can work during school days.
Now some people may try to argue that this new Maine bill is about "freedom" or "liberty" that has somehow, over time, been taken away from them by liberal nannies trying to interfere in every aspect of our lives.....just as many people argued in 2009 that their country had been taken away from them by the election of our first black president. But reasonable people realize that those arguments are only heaping steaming piles of fresh manure.
Maine Republicans, drunk on power and ideology, are, in reality, allowing themselves to become very bad people. Maine's new, and very bad, Republican Governor, Paul LePage.....elected with 38% of the popular vote....recently ordered murals at the state's Office of Labor to be taken down because they depicted Maine's history of....labor. You see, LePage has a pro-business agenda, and in his warped badness, labor has no place in that agenda.
Now, Maine GOP legislators are pushing a new minimum wage of $5.25 per hour for working minors to circumvent the state's current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour....eliminating any pesky maximum hours limits children can work in the process. See....it's a pro-business agenda the Maine Republicans are championing. Exploiting children for 180 day stints at a time at $2.25 per hour less than adult workers would earn......is simply a policy difference that pro-business Republicans differ over with their Communist counterparts.
No....that's the heaping, steaming pile of manure part. What Maine's new child labor law is.....is seemingly average elected officials allowing themselves to become very bad people.
Today's Republican Party doesn't simply have a difference of opinion with unlike-minded competitors. Today's Republicans have allowed themselves to become very bad people.
What we're witnessing from Republican leaders is not simply an ugly example of political overreach, as many smiling teevee Villagers will tell you.....what we're witnessing is Republicans, elected to offices of power, turning into very bad people.