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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

I Would Like to Purchase a One-Way Ticket to Never, Neverland. Thanks.

I thought "never say never" was DC's official motto.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist ratcheted up the stakes Tuesday in the Republican leadership's procedural gamble on estate tax reduction, vowing there will be "no second chances" this year to advance a minimum wage increase or extend expiring tax provisions.

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"I don't want anybody to be mistaken," he said. "If the Senate kills the trifecta bill, we will not return to it this year. ... There aren't going to be any second chances. there are not going to be last-minute side deals or new unanimous consent agreements. ... This is going to be it."

I'm all for tax cuts for the rich, but not at the expense of putting poor people out of work through a minimum wage hike. On a related note, shouldn't Congress at least set the minimum wage differently in each state? $7.25 in New York, New York is not the same thing as $7.25 in Shithole, Alabama. For a good overview of why there's a one-size-fits-all national minimum wage, read Walter Williams' fantastic The State Against Blacks. (Hint: Northern union officials wanted to hurt blacks and white southernors.)

Via CQ (subscription required).