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Rep. Burgess keeps foot on the neck of the working poor.

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2007/1/27 17:50:31 (3350 reads)

Here's another letter from our district 26 U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, who unlike the majority of Americans, and the majority of his own constituents thinks that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea.

January 26, 2007

Ms. XXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Lewisville, Texas 75067

Dear Ms. XXXXXX,

Thank you for expressing your support for increasing the Federal Minimum Wage. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

As you know, the Fair Labor Standards Act establishes the Federal Minimum Wage, which is currently set at $5.15 an hour for covered, non-exempt employees. On January 10, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. H.R. 2 would increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15-per-hour to $7.25-per-hour over two years. I voted against H.R. 2.

No crap? I seem to remember when you voted for H.R. 5970 which would have raised the minimum wage only after repealing the inheritance tax for the ultra-rich, costing the taxpayers $753 billion dollars. You're a waffler. You USED the working poor when it was convenient to try to pass pet legislation to protect the American Aristocracy. This is shameful.


As a business owner, I am also very concerned about the mandates the federal government places on small businesses. Increasing the minimum wage, particularly at a time when some companies are struggling to stay in business, could actually increase the number of Americans without a job. However, I believe increasing the minimum wage at this time would actually have a negative effect on the economy by increasing business expenses at a time when the margin for survival is so narrow for so many.


Oh yeah, that's right - your measure of the economy is a look at the Dow Jones Index, right? My measure is whether working people are able to earn a livable wage in this country. Your statement is indefensible. You need to understand that more money in the hands of Americans who work for a living means more sales for American businesses.


I was especially disappointed that this legislation did not go through the regular committee process, which includes holding hearings that allow all sides of the issue to be taken into account.

Sour grapes, anyone? MICHAEL BURGESS, THE PEOPLE HAD THEIR HEARING ON NOVEMBER 7TH. We demanded that you weaseley Congressmen quit stalling and playing politics and raise the minimum wage. When the Democrats took control, they took this issue away from your committee because you had proven yourselves useless on getting it done. In 100 hours, the Democrats got it done. You didn't get your chance to attach your neo-con anti-consumer, pro-aristocracy policies to it. Pause for the sound of me playing my violin for you.

I believe that any increase in the minimum wage should be accompanied by small business relief measures, such permitting small businesses to pool their employees together to lower ever-increasing health care costs. I supported a motion on the House floor that would have committed H.R. 2 back to the committee of jurisdiction to include this change to the minimum wage bill, unfortunately it was defeated.


Small business relief? Right... Small businesses rarely pay minimum wage. It is the huge companies that are the most egregious violators. Companies that do pay the minimum wage don't give a rat's a** about association health-care plans or anything of that nature. They don't offer healthcare. They pay the absolute legal minimum wage that they can. They essentially tell their employees "We would pay you less, but we can't". These association health plans are not the answer, unless the question is: "How can insurance companies make more money and provide less coverage, while soaking up even more of our healthcare dollars?" Yet you may still get your chance to screw this bill up when it comes back to conference from the Senate.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please feel free to visit my website (www.house.gov/burgess) or contact me with any future concerns.


Sincerely,


Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Member of Congress

Likewise, Michael. Please feel free to continue visiting MY website - www.lewisvilletexan.org, where we don't make a habit of empty bullsh** rhetoric. Your constituents are not as dumb as you think.

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