NY Times reports:
On Thursday, President Bush issued a proclamation suspending the law that requires employers to pay the locally prevailing wage to construction workers on federally financed projects. The suspension applies to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
And Barbara (My Dog Millie) Bush made this keen insight:
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this — this is working very well for them," she said.
And from Laura Bush, maybe we'd all feel a little better if we called it Hurricane CORRINA.
Here's the video.
And don't forget Halliburton. No resume needed - we've seen the spectacular work those boys have done in Iraq. Why, let's just skip the whole bid process too.
The Army sees a bright spot:
From the Wall Street Journal (subscription only):
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Ten U.S. Army recruiters are offering volunteer help for Katrina evacuees at Houston's Astrodome. But the recruiters, struggling to keep enlistment up during Iraq war, are also available with options for the jobless. "Our intent is to approach the evacuees at the right time for them,'' says Army spokesman Douglas Smith.
And maybe we know what FEMA's real role is these days: setting up and running detainment camps. Follow the above link to read a harrowing account of a detainment camp in Oklahoma.