Wednesday, March 05, 2008

"Loving the Little People"--Really?


...after the death of the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone that this famous champion of the little guy, scourge of corporate interests, illegally failed to procure workers' compensation insurance for his campaign's employees. The four employees who perished in the airplane crash along with Wellstone and his wife were therefore uninsured.

(That was settled: the campaign coughed up $400K, and the taxpayers (!!) were smeared for $600K.)

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken is a guy who casts himself as being in the Wellstone mold, and he may be, at least in this one respect. It now turns out that Franken owes a $25,000 penalty to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance for employees of his namesake corporation (Alan Franken Inc.) from 2002 to 2005.

One is reminded of the old saw "I love humanity--it's PEOPLE I can't stand." In these cases, of course, it morphed: "I love humanity--so long as I don't have to PAY for it."

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