March 07, 2006
GOATS TO WV LEGISLATURE: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE
In a rare statement on public policy, the United Cabrines and Surly Quadrupeds of America (UCSQA) weighed in on the minimum wage bill now before the West Virginia legislature. UCSQA leader Arcadia S. Venus, pictured above, urged the state senate to pass HB 4023, which would raise the state minimum in three stages to $7.25 by 2008.
If the measure fails to pass, Venus urged low wage workers to "jump over the fence and start eating their gardens." The UCSQA is known for its advocacy of militant direct action tactics, such as eating the bark of ornamental trees and deliberately wasting hay.
State law enforcement agencies declined official comment on likely responses if the estimated 20,000 minimum wage workers in the state followed Venus' advice, although one official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, acknowledged it would indeed be "a goat rope."
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: PRETTY MUCH WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT
by El Cabrero