Caught this on the News this morning in the background while checking on my favorite local newspaper (NewsLeader) to see what they covered and NOT covered as usual...
Seems that Minimum Wage increase package that the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was so hot to get passed, had a change to it that many members of Congress did not know about when they voted on it. And this from the Speaker who promised a "New and ethical" Congress to the voters.
Turns out the new Minimum Wage package extends out to those working in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
The Washington Times had an interesting story on this and it turns out: "One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island's work force. StarKist's parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi."
Now here is the best part. The Republicans called them on this!!!
"During the House debate yesterday on stem-cell research, Mr. McHenry raised a parliamentary inquiry as to whether an amendment could be offered that would exempt American Samoa from stem-cell research, "just as it was for the minimum-wage bill."
A clearly perturbed Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was presiding, cut off Mr. McHenry and shouted, "No, it would not be."
"So, the chair is saying I may not offer an amendment exempting American Samoa?" Mr. McHenry pressed. "The gentleman is making a speech and will sustain," Mr. Frank shouted as he slammed his large wooden gavel against the rostrum." http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070112-120720-2734r.htm
Now in the world of Sportfishing it is common to yell out "Tuna in the boat" once the fish is gafted and brought on deck where it will thrash around and injure those not paying attention.
Another fishing term is to "Flounder" around which is a term used to describe what happens when you pull a Flounder fish on the deck and it just flops around aimlessly and stuttering at the sametime. Pretty much describes Barney Frank does it not?
Imagine what Congress will smell like after the first 100 hours with all these fish "Floundering" around.
P.S. Please do not associate the incomparable Flounder from "Animal House" to the "Barney Frank - Flounder" for there can be no comparison at all...