Keith Olbermann scooped me on this only because his broadcast is before we put up the Open Thread, but I thought that this little nugget of hypocrisy was worth a laugh or two.
As promised in the First 100 hours of the Democratic-controlled Congress, they have approved a raise in the minimum wage. Jack Kingston (R-GA), however, didn't have anything positive to say:
During the House debate, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said Democrats would celebrate the bill's passage because "it's going to be good politics for them."
But he warned that people would not escape poverty through mandated wage hikes. If, instead, people would marry and work longer hours, "they would be out of poverty," he said. "It is an economic fact."
Funnily enough, in every economics class I've ever taken (and there have been quite a few), this "fact" has never been presented as a way to escape poverty.
But the thing that is so ironic is that this is the same Jack Kingston who, upon learning that the Democratic majority planned on Congress working five days a week, rather than his party's 2 1/2, had this to say:
"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families - that's what this says."