In One Eye

Saturday, November 22, 2003
 
I was asked the other day by a student to identify the Bush Administration's major accomplishment since January, 2001. Sadly, I told him that I couldn't think of a postive accomplishment the Bushies had achieved.

Indeed, here's another exhibit for that resolution:
Foes of the Bush administration's proposed rules changing which workers would qualify for overtime pay abandoned their fight Friday in the face of unrelenting pressure from the White House and the House.

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the chief Republican opponent of the new rules, agreed to drop a provision killing the regulations from a massive spending bill, lawmakers, congressional aides and lobbyists said.

Critics of the new rules said they could lead to 8 million Americans losing eligibility for overtime pay ...
There was a time when, through hard work and effort, Americans could count on bettering themselves and improving the lives of their families. The inevitable passage of this legislation shows that not only do the Bushies not want millions of Americans to increase their earnings, but that they don't wish even to afford them the opportunity to do so.

A prominent characteristic of an oligarchy is that members of the upper class attempt to shut out others from attaining their rank. This legislation pretty much places the US into the political system of 18th century France—and we all know how that situation was resolved.