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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Connect the Dots

I was checking out the CNN headlines and I came across these two stories: "Bush Limits Pay Increases for Many Federal Workers" and "EPA Revises Air Pollution Rules". From the first article:

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- "Citing the 'national emergency' created by the September 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush Wednesday exercised his authority to limit the pay increase for many federal workers next January to 2 percent -- well below the 15 percent some employees would have been entitled to receive."

And from the second:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- "The Bush administration on Wednesday exempted thousands of older power plants, refineries and factories from having to install costly clean air controls when they modernize with new equipment that improves efficiency but increases pollution."

Basically, federal workers have to take a pay cut while big polluters get a break from regulations that will save them some money. This really shows you where the president's priorities are.