Boehner Sheds a Tear For Your Jobs

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Speaker of the House John Boehner said today that a bill that prevents people from being fired from their jobs will actually kill jobs. Or something. via The Hill

A spokesman said Boehner (R-Ohio) does not support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) because it would be bad for the economy.

“The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

If you think about this for more than five seconds, you’ll realize it’s ridiculous.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is designed to keep people in their jobs. It won’t “cost American jobs.” It will preserve American jobs because employers won’t be able to fire you for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Furthermore, claiming that this will lead to “frivolous litigation” is akin to blaming the victim. It’s also a quasi admission of guilt and an implication that average people may lie about their sexual orientation if they’re fired for other reasons.

White House press secretary Jay Carney rightfully ridiculed Boehner’s statement.

Carney said the reasoning behind Boehner’s opposition “sounds familiar to the opposition to all civil rights measures” in the nation’s history.

“That opposition was wrong then and is wrong now,” Carney said.

If the Senate passes the ENDA and House Republicans kill it, they will be locked into a distinctly anti-gay position for the foreseeable future.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Republicans pull tort reform out of their ass and say they’ll allow a vote on the ENDA if we also ban lawsuits.

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  • Victor_the_Crab

    Boehner Sheds a Tear For Your Jobs

    Crocodile ones, to be exact.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      hell, he’s just sweating, in need of his next shot on the rocks.

  • dbtheonly

    Maybe it’ll be like the debt ceiling where they’ll vote for it & then vote disapproving of their prior vote.

  • muselet

    Even more revolting was this gem reported by TPM:

    “The legislation would severely undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty,” said Heritage Action, announcing it will include the vote in its legislative scorecard. “ENDA would potentially discourage job creation because it would increase government interference in the labor market.”

    The mind, he boggles.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      The legislation would severely undermine civil liberties

      And war is peace, freedom is slavery and Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia

  • nathkatun7

    “ENDA would potentially discourage job creation because it would increase government interference in the labor market.”

    Amazing! Heritage Action believes that discrimination is good because it leads to “job creation.”

  • Christopher Foxx

    A spokesman said Boehner (R-Ohio) does not support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) because it would be bad for the economy.

    And that concern about what is bad for the economy is why Boehner led the Republicans in voting for raising the debt ceiling and to avoid shutting the gov’t down.

    Oh, wait.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is designed to keep people in their jobs. It won’t “cost American jobs.” It will preserve American jobs because employers won’t be able to fire you for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender

    True, it won’t cost jobs. But it would mean those jobs aren’t held by the “right” kind of people.

    Boehner can’t have that.

  • Zen Diesel

    Can’t vote on anything that interrupts the mythical free market…..what a jackass!!!!