Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition used the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to bolster her campaign against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over the bills protections for LGBT employees. While speaking to Janet Mefferd yesterday about the Orange County, Florida, school systems new non-discrimination policy that is similar to ENDA, Laffery said that just as parents are upset about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and are concerned about keeping their children safe, they should also be worried about ENDAs devastating effects as schools will have people with some real issues playing out their personal problems in the classroom.
Lafferty warned that Chick-fil-A restaurants may soon be forced to hire weirdos seeking to undermine Christian businesses, warning that transgender people are committing the ultimate act of self-hatred and need special medical treatment rather than job protections.
REALLY? You use a shooting in which a guy murders his mother, murders over two dozen innocent people (And remember children INCLUDED), and then blows his own head off... And you call a person who feels as though they have the wrong gender the ultimate act of self-hatred?
The very common Republican/Tea Party talking point is that people use unemployment insurance and just wait out their 99 weeks or that it's a luxury they get rich off of. Really.
Outside of talking points, and into actual research, the opposite seems to be true.
* People on unemployment still feel like they are a valued part of the economy
* They are required to look for a job and they do more job searches than a person who does not use unemployment insurance
* They apply to jobs that they are qualified doing instead of the first job they find
Here's a new study pointing to some evidence of those very things:
The safety net is not just some thing for the 'filthy and unwashed 47%', it's for our whole country. Republicans need to realize that.
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