A group that raises money for Democratic Congressional candidates uses a canvassing company that pays some workers submimium wage, in apparent violation of Wisconsin state law, to talk about the need to raise the federal minimum wage, Isthmus newspaper has learned. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), based in Washington, D.C., has hired Grassroots Campaigns, a Boston-based for-profit company with operations in 18 U.S. cities, to conduct canvassing on its behalf. The DCCC's "New Direction for American" agenda, which provides the talking points canvassers are taught to use to solicit contributions, includes a call to "Raise the minimum wage." (emphasis mine--Darren)
Does it get any more priceless than that? Kinda reminds me about the update I added to this post from last year, about people paid $6/hr without benefits to picket outside a Wal*Mart in 104 degree heat. My link in that post came from EIA (see blogroll at left), which said:
Yes, the UFCW is outsourcing its picketing to non-union workers, at a sub-standard pay rate with no benefits, in unsafe conditions, with no transportation or means to leave the premises, in order to protest the poor jobs inside Wal-Mart, where workers make twice as much.
What is it about the left that people find so appealing? I'm not seeing job security (hello, United Auto Workers), I'm not seeing high pay (see above), I'm not seeing compassion (see above). Honestly, what is it about the left? Where is this support for the working man that I always hear about? Are people just stupid?
Back to the Wisconsin story.
Maybe some people are stupid. Here's one kid who was stupid; maybe he's a little smarter now.
Alex Scherer-Jones began working for Grassroots Campaigns to fight the Bush administration and elevate the fortunes of the Democratic Party. The 21-year-old MATC student left feeling exploited and sour: "I went in there being very idealistic and it kind of ruined my idealism."
There's a home for you in the Republican Party, Alex, if you continue to see the light. And unlike what you've been told by the people who just walked all over you, we actually want you to do the best that you can for yourself. See, when everyone does that, everyone improves. Everyone earns what they're entitled to, they don't get handouts.
Several other workers are mentioned in the story, but you get the idea. Go read the whole thing. It's a hoot.