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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Good for Whom?

Today's New York Times indicates that the House Republican Caucus is revising its "Contract With America" so that if Majority Leader Tom DeLay is indicted in Texas, he will not have to resign his leadership position. They initially made that Caucus rule to demonstrate that they were above politics of usual, corruption, and the inside game. I wonder what it means when they rescind it?

Last night's Frontline "Is Wal-Mart Good for America" on PBS was a pretty good dissection of the way the retail and jobs are going. The case against is best summed up by:
If people were only consumers, buying things at lower prices would be just
good. But people also are workers who need to earn a decent standard of living,"
says economist Larry Michel of the Economic Policy Institute. "The dynamics that
create lower prices at Wal-Mart and other places are also undercutting the
ability of many, many workers to earn decent wages and benefits and have a
stable life."