DOG BITES MAN….I’d like to nominate this for this week’s least surprising headline. Here’s the official White House excuse:

White House spokesman Scott McClellan…said President Bush “believes that we should look at having a reasonable increase in the minimum wage….But we need to make sure that, as we do that, that it is not a step that hurts small business or prices people out of the job market.”

Whoa, Nelly! Sure, it’s been eight years since the last increase to the minimum wage, but even so an increase of $1.10 over an 18-month period might “price people out of the job market.” Yeah, that’s the ticket. It might price them out of the job market.

That must be a helluva job market President Bush has bequeathed us. It’s a shame he’s not part of it.