Saturday, May 16, 2009

Michael Steele: Marriage is Bad for Business

Wow, I've always considered RNC Chair Michael Steele to be the absolute doofiest politician I've ever known of.  Someone who not only couldn't argue his way out of a paperbag, but would actually lose to the paperbag; and probably owe it a big apology by the end.  But no longer.  I've been a big supporter of marriage for most of my life, but upon hearing Steele's arguments against it, I've definitely got to count myself into Steele's Down with Marriage Movement. 

Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.
"Now all of a sudden I've got someone who wasn't a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for.  So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money."
And wow, that's a really good point.  Gay marriage would burden small businesses who would need to spend more on healthcare and other benefits.  But of course, that's not limited to gay marriage, as all marriages do the same thing.  And this would be an argument against allowing employees of small businesses to get married.  And of course, since straight couples are more likely to have the added expense of children (including maternity leave); it would seem obvious that gay marriage is the cheaper alternative.

And without a doubt, a potential employee's marriage status plays a big part of this, so employers should certainly be allowed to ask the employee if they're married or ever plan on getting married; to weed out the more expensive employees.  And if an employee ever decides to get married, that should be a fireable offense.  I mean, why should an employer be saddled with extra expenses solely due to decisions an employee made in their personal life?  

Of course, someone else might suggest that a big "out" for all this would be universal healthcare, so we could finally get employers out of the healthcare business.  But we all know that's crazy socialism which will only undermine our country and destroy the fabric of society.  Much better to just oppose marriage and be done with it.  Way to think this through, Steele.

On a separate note, Steele claims that he first developed this argument while talking to a college student on an airplane, and I can only assume that Steele imagines he won or he wouldn't be proudly repeating this asinine argument.  

And so I'd like to nominate this as the absolute Worst Debate on a Plane Ever.  I'm just hoping that Steele has mistaken the student's mind-blown silence as a concession of defeat.  That's often the only sort of "victory" conservatives can ever claim.


Tomas said...

haha, thats too good to be true Biobrain!

I am an igloo dwelling, seal meat eating Canadian up here and we enjoy listening to the mediocrity of political discourse in your country.

I mean, for all the beautiful institutions of higher learning in America, where do these brilliant political minds come from??

Rush LImbaugh? ann Coulter? George Bush? SEan Hannity?

In a country with some of the best universities in the world, you just gotta wonder where they find these idiots.

A little off topic but:

If you are ever interested, check out (8:30am-10:00 am) eastern standard time). The show is called "The current" and I am thinking you'd be pleasantly surprised at the quality of discourse on this channel.


elitist Canuck.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Tomas - Limbaugh flunked out of Southeast Missouri State University. Hannity dropped out of New York University and Adelphi University. Bush was a legacy who earned a "gentleman's c," and who couldn't even run a successful business with other people's money.

Coulter, on the other hand, not only graduated cum Laude from Cornell, but even got a law degree from Michigan. Of course, she's just a clown who says offensive things because it pays better than lawyering. Plus, if she wasn't blonde and thin, she'd be just another fourth tier blogger.

And so there's your answer. All our best and brightest are Democrats. And the more you know, the harder it is to be Republican. And that's why our politics are so much more interesting than anyone else's. We've got a major political party that really enjoys being ignorant. And honestly, real politics bore me. Were it not for the dopes and the jerks, I don't think I'd be interested in them at all.

Anonymous said...

I second your disdain for politics. The political climate in Canada isnt that much more sophisticated either. I just find it kind of strange that a so called democracy as Americas' only touts the power of a two the party system, pandering ultimately to corporate entities.

How many of the democrat front-men are ex-goldman Sax dudes? Regardless of party affiliation, they all seem to root from the same pile of corporate poo poo?