Saturday, January 13, 2007

City of Chicago should ban Starkist Tuna

Seems like an alderman should bring a resolution to ban Starkist products from Chicago. Mayb the Gov will want to ban them from all Illinois.

via Wash Times

House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.

"I am shocked," said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party's chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. "Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats."

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Some Republicans who voted in favor of the minimum-wage bill were particularly irritated to learn yesterday -- after their vote -- that the legislation did not include American Samoa.

"I was troubled to learn of this exemption," said Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, Illinois Republican. "My intention was to raise the minimum wage for everyone. We shouldn't permit any special favors or exemptions that are not widely discussed in Congress. This is the problem with rushing legislation through without full debate."

A spokeswoman for Mrs. Pelosi said Wednesday that the speaker has not been lobbied in any way by StarKist or Del Monte.

Seems like a natural for Gov Blagojevich or the City Council to ban and restore our faith in the Democrat's promise.

8 comments:

Frank,  7:41 AM  

BAN IT! Yuck... Tuna! Ban the Tuna, Ban the Pelosi!

district 14 voter,  8:29 AM  

BB -

You are correct. We should be held to a higher standard than what was once the norm. Bringing economic fairness and basic civil rights to the region were an obligation we committed ourselves to.

For years, the Republican congress, aided by Jack Abramoff,
exempted the Marianas, an American protectorate....http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/07/AR2006060701673.html ... which operated sweatshops in reprehensible conditions.

While the current min. wage bill includes the Marianas... http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/01/with_delay_gone.html ...., Samoa should be included. According to the article, no lobbying by Del Monte was reported by the office of Pelosi or George Miller(D), a longtime Marianas advocate. It states this will be re-evaluation for Samoa on it.

Unfortunately, our congressman, former speaker Mr. Hastert, has never moved on this issue. I'd like to know if he thinks the reported Maraias "trafficking of women for a commercial sex trade " is a good idea. I'm also going to call his office to ask if he voted no on the current bill due to the Samoa exemption, and if he plans to change his vote when it is included. Or if he thinks conservative columnist and pundit George Wills argument it should be $0... http://www.townhall.com/columnists/GeorgeWill/2007/01/04/raising_the_minimum_wage_is_still_a_bad_idea ...

Milton 9:25 AM  

Sorry Charlie,

Tuna fish accumulate toxic mercury in their flesh. Unfortunately, that favorite "sandwich fish" of ours—"solid white" tuna—is one of the most contaminated little fishies.

Unless you're like The Addams Family's Uncle Fester, Lush Limpballs, who delighted in occasionally having a mercury thermometer as a snack.

Shalom,
Prof. Leland Milton Goldblatt

Craig Gernhardt 1:39 PM  

Good idea, I'll see if Alderman Moore isn't busy too busy with his newest CTA 'where-as' resolution.

I can't see how he can pass this up. 'Living wage' and 'cruelty to fish', I think he may be willing to look into it?

After all, isn't the election just around the corner?

Anonymous,  10:51 PM  

I wish Rich would ban irrelevant posts on Illinoize, starting with you Bill.

This blog is suppose to address local and state politics, not what affects a San Francisco congressional district.

Bill Baar 8:05 AM  

...go ahead a gorge yourself on that grilled Tuna anon.

If SEIU gets those aldermen elected, you won't be eating it in Chicago.

Or do I have this issue backwords?

Maybe it will be Gov subsidized Tuna we're all stuck eating.

Anonymous,  11:18 AM  

Bill, please point to some press release, position paper or statement SEIU, a Chicago Alderman or the Governor has issued about Starkist or tuna. At least try to back up your assertions with something.

Skeeter,  5:57 PM  

Baar makes EVERY issue a local issue by adding "what will [name person elected in Illinois] do?"

Miller does really need to crack down on this if this site is going to continue. This site was supposed to be about local issues. Skinner and Levois and Frichey others are putting some interesting stuff here about local issues, but to get to that, we have to wade through twenty incoherent posts from Baar. At some point, a lot of people are going to conclude that it is not worth it to wade through the garbage to get to those rare interesting nuggets. Personally, I'm going directly to those sources now for the most part, rather than stopping by here.

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