TERRORISM, MONEY AND ILLUSION

(07/24/2007)

OPINION AND COMMENT by Bob Weaver

American's should follow the money in the effort to secure America from terrorism.

More than 22,000 West Virginians will be paid more for the work they do starting today.

The federal hourly minimum wage goes into effect, increasing it from $5.15 an hour to $5.85.

It is the first increase in ten years.

Tuesday's increase is just the start. In two years, the federal minimum wage will go up to $7.25 an hour.

More than seven million Americans will be part of the federal minimum wage increase.

Mexicans work for less than minimum wage, a blind-sided agreement between American companies and the federal government who have perpetuated the situation for several decades with a cat and mouse game.

While most of the current federal legislation about the issue is focused on punishing Mexicans just trying to make money for their families, little is said about making American companies accountable for the hiring.

Meanwhile the federal government has spent billions on "homeland security," while 12-13 million illegals cross the Mexican-US border, with the US going wild on removing little old ladies from airplanes with a vial of liquid or halting thousands of fliers with butane lighters.

It is the illusion of security.

Following 9-11, Homeland Security funds were supposed to improve cross communications in USA communities.

In West Virginia, much of the money has been wasted in a debacle over purchasing large trailers for hazardous chemicals, contracts given to "friends," with little if any punishment for the individuals responsible for the misspent outrage.

Added to the insult, the state's squandering of millions of dollars to complete an E-911 addressing system.

The WV bureaucrats and appointees have mostly resigned, likely vacationing on a southern beach.


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