|Why Is This Man Laughing?|
Cuz He Gets To Change The Meaning Of Words?
(photo from theconstantcommoner.blogspot)
The text of the measure that was passed in November--Initiated Measure 18--was clear, straightforward and simple enough. The wording was plain and direct: it said "Every employer shall pay to each employee wages at a rate of eight dollars and fifty cents an hour." The referendum was specific--it said "EVERY employer shall pay to EACH employee" the minimum wage established by the referendum. It didn't say anything about age differentials. So what is it about the word "each" that Daugaard and those youth-bashers who passed this bill in the legislature don't understand? When used as an adjective, "each" means "every one of two or more considered individually or one by one." Get that? "EVERY ONE
|Lewis Carroll Gets It|
Words? Meanings? They Matter Not In South Dakota
(drawing from authorama.com)
Enough said. Lewis Carroll would be proud of Dennis Daugaard, whose Humpty-Dumptyish relationship to the words "affront" and "each" are pretty well-demonstrated. It's a question of who's the master of the meaning. Meanwhile the Governor opines about the shortage of workers in South Dakota and thinks he can do something about it by organizing show summits around the state that ignore the question of wages altogether. There's a great story here. Maybe we can call it "Dennis In Wonderland."