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Dry Cleaner Loses Three Days Wages Due To Hurricane—Where Is Her Bailout?

My dry cleaner told me that she a few days of wages after Hurricane Ike because her shop was closed due to a lack of power. And, also, because the owners of the shop decided not to pay her.

Many people in Houston and in other areas affected by Hurricane Ike have lost wages due to the storm.  ( Some benefits are in fact available to people in this circumstance. Though they will not make up all lost wages. Also, most people will not, in all likelihood, be aware of such benefits.)

The dry cleaner is a hard working employee who makes sure people’s clothes are clean. When she told me she was not being paid for missed hurricane days, I immediately thought of the giant Wall Street Bailout currently under debate in Washington.

I, regretfully, support the bailout is some form. Here is a liberal take on the issue from The American Prospect. And another liberal view from The Nation. Here is coverage of the bailout from The Huffington Post.

A big problem with it all, beyond the people we are bailing out, is that you can’t trust anything that comes from President Bush’s team and you can barely trust Democrats to protect the interests of average folks.

The whole thing is a big racket and people on every side of the ideological divide see it as such.  We might well save the global economy from collapse—so we are being told—but nothing here is going to make the lives of people across the country better than it was before this 700 billion dollar taxpayer financed deal.

We see that when the big guys fall they are picked up. When most working people take a fall they are not just left to pick themselves up, there is often somebody around kicking them while they are down.

September 23, 2008 - Posted by | Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , ,


  1. the bailout is the groundwork being laid to privatize social security and get rid of any general assistance to the poor. the debt of this plus the war will cripple the next administration on any advances they might have had in education or healthcare, the big shots will still get paid fat money. Americans should be running mad in the streets. but they are too fat too lazy to stupid to get off their assas and do anything for themselves except get divided by politicians and media. fucking lemmings

    Comment by bill brady | September 24, 2008

  2. Hopefully this will further convince people that Social Security most remain fully public.

    The people should be in the streets. I agree.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 24, 2008

  3. the people are the idiots that have handed all their rights away to this shit-bush administration, i want to vomit everytime i hear his mealy little voice.

    Comment by bill brady | September 25, 2008

  4. I sense negative feelings.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 25, 2008

  5. you are like spiderman with your superhuman senses, bush voice still makes me want to vomit. I slept on it and i still feel the same. persistant and negative and angry and disgusted and hateful and not hopeful and bitter and outraged and active and voting.

    Comment by bill brady | September 25, 2008

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