Politics are polarizing. Almost every issue has two distinct sides and there is rarely a clear “right” stance on an issue.
It’s rare that an issue arises that is a no-brainer for either side of the political spectrum.
Or so it would seem…
Here’s some background on the issue from ThinkProgress.org
“In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. In an apparent attempt to cover up the incident, the company then put her in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and ‘warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.’ Even more insultingly, the DOJ (Department of Justice) resisted bringing any criminal charges in the matter…”
Because Ms. Jones was a contracted worker, there was some fine print in her contract with Halliburton which stated that she could not sue the company for any injury that occurs in the workplace. She could only bring the company to arbitration. Thankfully, her lawyers brought the issue to court and they ruled in her favor saying “her alleged injuries were not, in fact, in any way related to her employment and thus, not covered by the contract.”
I’m sure we can all agree that whole situation is pretty disgusting and that some form of change is needed with these contracts. Senator Al Franken (yes, the former SNL cast member) introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.”
Once again, I think you would all agree that this is a good idea. In fact, some of us are probably wondering why this amendment even had to be discussed. This should be common sense. If an employee is raped on the job, they should have the right to sue the company and if said company tries to restrict them in anyway from doing this, they should be punished.
For some absurd reason known only to them, 30 Senators voted AGAINST this amendment. THIRTY! We aren’t talking about a lone insane yahoo, but 30 people who are trusted to make decisions on our behalf.
To say I am disgusted, upset, or dumbfounded is an understatement.
How could you possibly vote against something like this? There is ZERO argument that could be made to convince me otherwise. I know there are some politicians out there who will oppose anything that is put forth by the other party, but come on, this is just disgusting.
For those curious, here are the 30 a-holes who voted against the amendment. Unsurprisingly, such stand-up individuals as John Ensign are present.
Once again, I am extremely proud of the douche bags that run my new home state of South Carolina. Senators DeMint and Graham – you continue to shock me in your disappointing and idiotic decisions and stances on issues. Forget faking decisions on my and other South Carolinians’ behalf, neither of you are fit to run a lemonade stand, let alone this state.