In our exuberance over Right to Work going down in flames, we don’t want to forget the severe losses Missourians had at the hands of the lap dog Republicans in the State Legislature during the veto session. Nor should we forget that Right to Work, like a Phoenix, can rise from the ashes at any moment.
Doing the bidding of their well- heeled masters, these GOP lap dogs overrode Governor Nixon’s prudent veto of the following bills:
SB 345 – Missouri has the highest predatory average interest rate on loans in the United States at a staggering 451.91 percent. Missouri has twice as many payday loan vendors as McDonald’s and Starbucks combined. Yet, the lap dogs, feeding at the feet of predatory lenders, upped the fees on loans with this bill.
HB 150 – Lowers the maximum number of weeks of unemployment to 13 weeks. The US standard is 26; before this bill, Missouri was one of only eight states not meeting or exceeding that standard. Now at 13 weeks, Missouri only beats out scumbag North Carolina’s 12 weeks.
HB 723 – Takes away local communities’ rights to make decisions best for their community. The lap dogs’ owners were incensed that local governments, like St. Louis City, might actually want a living wage to be paid in their community, or ban plastic bags like Columbia. So when the owners yelled ‘fetch” to their lap dogs, the mutts bought back a bill banning any community from paying more than the minimum wage or banning plastic bags. (The sponsor of the bill is the head of the Missouri Grocers Association. He is his own lap dog.)
SB 224 – Missouri has the 12th toughest qualifying standard for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Families cannot earn more than 34 percent of poverty to qualify, and Missouri is tied for a bottom feeding 9th lowest in amount given to needy families. Currently, a mother and a child can only get a meager $238 a month. Yet, even those inadequate benefits were too much for the well- heeled to pay. So their doggies brought them a bone: SB 224 cuts the number of weeks a needy families can receive necessary help by 15 weeks. This cuts out 70,000 of Missouri’s kids.
HB 878 – This gives “mall cops” the same powers to arrest as trained policemen. This is just another stab at unions and first steps toward privatizing our police force.
In addition to these, the lap dogs were drooling like St. Bernards to bring their masters’ tax cuts for laundries, higher court fees (even in the wake of Ferguson), and allowing insurance companies to be even more vague about premiums.
These lap dogs are not the cute and cuddly kind found in the pet store. These are rabid mongrels have been trained to protect their elitist owners by attacking the middle class and the poor. Next November, it’s time to train the dogs to stope obeying their donor bosses, and do the people’s bidding, or it would be easier to just VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.