Watch Who They Kick: Republicans In Congress Push Bill to Cut Construction Workers’ Pay
If you want to understand a person, someone once told me, watch how they treat people with more power and privilege than them. Then watch how they treat people with less power and privilege than them. Then notice the difference.
Republican politicians regularly show bafflement that support for their party is tanking, but they just don’t connect the dots to figure out why. It’s simple: those Republican politicians push policies that help the more powerful and hurt the less powerful.
You’re never going to get rich working construction (unless you own the construction company). But the U.S. government has done a little bit to help construction workers out. It’s not a crazy policy; it’s a policy that just says if the U.S. government issues a construction contract, workers under that contract should be paid the local prevailing wage. This is what the Davis-Bacon Act requires.
At the end of last month, a group of Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 3472, a bill that would create exceptions so that contractor corporations could pay their workers less than the prevailing wage — using U.S. government funds to drive local wages down, and damage the labor market — from the worker’s point of view. From the contracting corporation’s point of view, driving down local wages is a great way to amass profit.
Kiss up to big money. Kick the worker down a notch. That’s what H.R. 3472 would do. It’s the classic behavior of a jerk. Look at the jerks who signed their names in official support of that monstrosity of a bill:
Ralph Lee Abraham.
What do they hold in common?
Every last one of them’s a Republican.