RNC chief: Gay marriage will burden small business

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    May 16, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    The GOP is experimenting with a "pocketbook" based approach to denying gay marriage in the hope that it resonates with the general population:

    "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."..

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090516/ap_on_bi_ge/us_steele_republicans

    Excerpt (again from Michael Steele):

    "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," Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. "So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money."

    Duh! What does he think happens when he hires a married heterosexual (or an unmarried hetrosexual who subsequently gets married)? Using Seele's argument, the GOP should help out the small business owner by eliminating heterosexual marriage.
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    May 16, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Good news!

    Attitudes on marriage equality are changing lightning fast it seems (reliable polling data isn't available as Iowa, Vermont, Maine, DC happened too recently to get good data). In 2004 "Gay Marriage" was a two word phrase that meant death for almost any national politician. In 2008 the candidates had to couch their support in "civil equality". And now, the moral/religious argument has almost zero pull outside the right wing base.

    It is fun watching them scramble for a new strategy and all the more fun watching Michael Steele try and be a leader.

    This is bread and circus.
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    May 16, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    i don't mean to be rude when i ask this, but are republicans stupid?
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    May 16, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    It bears worth repeating .. apparently Potomac fever last longer than the swine flu icon_lol.gif
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    May 16, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    PDSurfer saidDuh! What does he think happens when he hires a married heterosexual (or an unmarried hetrosexual who subsequently gets married)? Using Seele's argument, the GOP should help out the small business owner by eliminating heterosexual marriage.
    If you work long enough in the traditional male dominated business world you will repeatedly hear references to the "ole ball and chain" .. I guess they really mean it icon_redface.gif

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    May 16, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    The man's got an MQ of 200 and an IQ of 5. (MQ - mouth quotient)

    There are so many angles from which to view his comments with one of them being the bottom line. If you're not convinced that this whole issue should be dealt with from an economic perspective, have another appletini.
  • coolarmydude

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    May 16, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    Well, well well.


    I used to always say that my favorite criminal was a dumb criminal. Dare I say that my favorite politician is a dumb politcian? icon_idea.gif
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    May 17, 2009 2:57 AM GMT


    We said this in another thread, that if all those gays were straight and getting married, all at once it would be OK....
  • GQjock

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    May 17, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    Public sentiment has drilled a hole in the republican's rowboat
    and I am LOVING watching them bail out the water

    .... and Michael Steele? Who the hell is he again? icon_wink.gif
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    May 17, 2009 12:13 PM GMT
    dancerjack saidi don't mean to be rude when i ask this, but are republicans stupid?


    Yes, yes they are. Stupid, sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigots.
  • calibro

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    May 17, 2009 1:31 PM GMT
    Tapper said
    dancerjack saidi don't mean to be rude when i ask this, but are republicans stupid?


    Yes, yes they are. Stupid, sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigots.


    So does this mean we can't hook up together in a bathroom stall at the Republican National Convention? Cause I'm certainly not gonna go anymore to it if that's the case.
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    May 17, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    calibro said

    So does this mean we can't hook up together in a bathroom stall at the Republican National Convention? Cause I'm certainly not gonna go anymore to it if that's the case.


    As long as its you fucking the Republicans for a change, then it's okay. :-P
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    May 17, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    That is one of the flimsiest and stupidest reasons to deny gays the right to marry. Of course in this economy it's worth a try for the RNC to appeal to people's wallets.

    Why not just help support small businesses with their healthcare costs for gay and straight couples? Wouldn't that help support the American family unit, which is something the Republicans are always claiming to care about?
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    May 17, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    Another irresponsible crack from the mouth of Michael Steele. What an imbecile. One more nail in the republican coffin.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 17, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidAnother irresponsible crack from the mouth of Michael Steele. What an imbecile. One more nail in the republican coffin.



    My God, I'm stunned at the acknowledgement Gregg.... Congrats.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 18, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    It seems like all the republicans are imbeciles these days. What is the next stupid, idiotic idea they are going to cook up in the windmills of their narrow, primitive minds? When is the GOP going to wake up and start rejecting all these narrow-minded, bible thumping screwballs?
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    May 18, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt said
    calibro said

    So does this mean we can't hook up together in a bathroom stall at the Republican National Convention? Cause I'm certainly not gonna go anymore to it if that's the case.


    As long as its you fucking the Republicans for a change, then it's okay. :-P


    Chewey and calibro...greatest lines ever! Made my Monday! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 18, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    This report says that small businesses in Massachusetts (caterers, florists, etc) seem to be doing quite nicely since 17 May 2004.