I thought I'd take a moment to show a little love for our embattled president. After Katrina, Bush suspended the Bacon-Davis act, which requires that government contractors pay the prevailing wage to its workers, for Katrina-related recovery. The claim was that giving substandard wages to those rebuilding the Gulf Coast would help keep costs down and allow us to build more bridges to nowhere.
On Wednesday Bush reversed his decision and declared that Bacon-Davis would go back into effect Nov. 8. Sure, it would've been nice if he'd done it sooner, and it would've been nice if he'd made it retroactive, but we have to take what we can get. It's going to take a long time to fix the mess down there, and it's good to know that the folks doing the fixing will get a fair wage.
This is one of the only times I can recall Bush throwing out a hastily made, bad decision and replacing it with a good one. (He's halfway to a repeat with the Miers withdrawal . . .) I'm hoping he'll get lots of positive feedback for this move and realizes that when you change your mind FOR GOOD REASON, there's really nothing to be ashamed of.