Since taking the majority on the Hill in Washington, the Democrats have begun their campaign to destroy the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
The Democrats started by pushing to increase small business costs by more than doubling wages. The CNMI's hourly wages should equal that of New York City? Where's the rationale with that? There really isn't -- the Democrats just want to beat down the CNMI economy -- hurting small businesses by more than doubling the cost of business. They seem to forget that many small shop and restaurants owners are in difficult positions, because many of their sons and daughters are fighting in in the US military (some have sacrificed lives) and can't help back at the family business -- the Democrats want to make it more difficult for the good people of the CNMI.
Now, the Democrats want to attack the CNMI's immigration system by suggesting the US take over. Their rationale is the need for immigration reform. Shouldn't they worry more about the borders of the US which are in dire need of attention -- or is this a way for the Dems to say they're for immigration reform and do nothing in their own backyard. This is hypocrisy at its very best. They demonize the CNMI with old facts and mistruths, while ignore the real problems of illegal immigration and inter-country drug trade on the US/Mexico border.
Why are the Democrats attacking the CNMI? Politics is a big part. The Democrats are looking for anything to keep the names Abramoff and Delay floating around to 2008 elections. Attacking the CNMI placates to the liberals in the Democrat Party. The CNMI did absolutely nothing wrong. Abramoff had several clients -- why aren't the Dems attacking them?
But could there be more? Hmmmmmmm....
Look at this: http://www.crosstabs.org/blogs/marcus_traianus/2007/jan/12/something_is_indeed_fishy_with_nancy
Seems that the Democrat leadership has a private interest in fishing. Big bucks! Interestingly enough -- there's a big company in Pelosi's district which owns a very large tuna canning facility in American Samoa.
Are the Democrats being fair with all the insular areas? What about Samoa's minimum wage? What about a federal take over of Samoa's immigration?
Could it be that drawing up old facts and mistruths only helps the Democrat Party politically, while at the same time give another set of islands a better and competitive advantage?