Bush’s Dullest Tool - Virginia Foxx (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson


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One of the Democrats first promises, passing a minimum wage bill, was filled this past week with 82 Republicans voting yes in an effort to save their political necks. The Senate is expected to do the same soon. However, 116 Republicans voted no. One of those leading the way was North Carolina's own Virginia Foxx.

Foxx has a history of supporting legislation that directly supports Bush's goals but is counter-productive to helping her constituents in North Carolina's Fifth District. In fact, a rule of thumb can be applied to Congresswoman Foxx - if a bill hurts the Fifth District, she will vote for it. She always has.

Since Reagan left office, the Fifth District, as well as the rest of North Carolina, lost all three of its top industries - tobacco, furniture and textiles. Typically a state can lose one of its top industries and still manage to remain stable, but not all three.

But under the tender guiding hand of North Carolina's elected Republicans such as Richard Burr, Elizabeth Dole, Jesse Helms, Virginia Foxx and Howard Coble, North Carolina has done nothing but suffer.

I keep hearing NC politicians speaking about how bio-tech is the answer to saving the North Carolina economy. Well, here is the way I see it. How many people do you know with cochlear implants? Now, how many people do you know that wear blue jeans?

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Good on ya.

I know it won't have much appeal to your growing national audience, but I hope you'll keep up the beat on slamming the Party of Greed here in North Carolina.

Patty McHenwie
Virginia Flops
Flipper Hayes
Liddy Dull

Great strip!

Dead spot on



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Great Cartoon

Well done, nicely said and thanks...

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

Biotech, Schmiotech

I keep hearing NC politicians speaking about how bio-tech is the answer to saving the North Carolina economy. Well, here is the way I see it. How many people do you know with cochlear implants? Now, how many people do you know that wear blue jeans?

Just about EVERY state is trying to get biotech. Just do a Google search using the simple phrase "attract biotech." While RTP may mean we're more likely to get more of it, I don't think NC will be "saved" by biotech.

Re: Minimum Wage

As a capitalist and employer I have a certian perspective on the minimum wage. Simple economics says that an employer pays an employee a mutually agreed upon wage based mostly on what the employer believes the production of that worker is worth. Everyone who works for me makes at least $8, so the raise is not necessarily a bottom line issue for me at this point.

To me, raising the minimum wage is the easy way of ignoring the real issue. I think the real issue is if there really are all these millions of "families of four" out there relying on a single wage earner making minimum wage, why is it that the wage earner is not "worth" more to the employer than minimum wage? What does that say about our society that we cannot train and educate adults to be more productive than $5.15/hr? As I said before, I start at at least $8/hr for jobs requiring no experience at all and for which I provide training. In my experience here in poor old rural NC somewhere in the $7 range is the bare MIMIMUM you can offer to get people to even apply for a job, much less attract employees likely to bother to come into work for anything close to resembling a 40-hr work week.

Wouldn't society and the lowest wage earners actually benefit more from helping to make people more productive than by merely setting and periodically raising an arbitrary "minimum wage?" You know, the whole "teach a man to fish" thing...

Fantastic.

and forwarded the link to many friends. (and ordered a WTF News shirt for my son. He's going to love it!)

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