Monday, May 18, 2009

Michael $teele'$ New Tactic

Let's see. The Repugs tired to scare the hell out of us with gay marriage in 2000, and that worked...for a while.

Then they tried scarin' the hell out of us with threats of terrorist attacks in 2004, and that worked pretty well, too.

What to do now? All those activist judges and unruly legislatures passin' gay marriage left and right; we can't scare people with that.

What to do? What to do?

I got it! Hit 'em in the wallet. in these tough economic times let's scare the hell out of the conservatives by telling them that gay marriage will cost them money.

Apparently, to GOP Chair Michael Steele thinks the Repugs can reach a broader base by using same-sex marriage as an issue that could financially hurt small businesses that are forced to spend more on health care and other benefits, saying:

“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.”

But, Michael, down here in South Carolina? I have a question? How is the idea of a male employee marrying another man, or a female employee marrying a women, any different than a male employee marrying a woman?

It doesn't cost more, asshat.

Same old GOP.....DOA.

And Michael? Yeah. Me again. South Carolina. Um, Mike? How do you explain this:

A new study says the over 12,000 same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since 2004 have pumped over $111 million into the state's economy.

Huh? What? Huh?

The report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law says a typical same-sex couple spent about $7,400 on their wedding, with one in ten couples spending over $20,000.

And a second study by the same group found that young, highly educated people in same-sex relationships were 2.5 times more likely to move to Massachusetts after 2004 than before gay marriage became legal.

Looks like gay marriage is a money-maker.

Back to the drawing board, Mikey.


Sasha (Malchik Gai) said...

No doubt, Double Income No Kids (in most cases) is quite a desirable demographic to most people with any sort of business sense. Just imagine all of the disposable income they could bring to whatever business you're in. Republicans are renowned for being greedy. Maybe we're not selling it to them the right way. You often bring things to my attention that I'd remain unaware of otherwise. Thanks for being so informative Bob.

mrpeenee said...

I saw an interesting reply to Steele that pointed out denying gay and lesbian couples equal access to benefits means those couples are subsidizing the couples that DO get them.

Beth said...

I heard that quote from him the other day and thought "What? What? That makes no sense whatsoever!" What a stupid argument!

Mark in DE said...

Its amazing how much more well-informed YOU are than the head of the GOP. Kinda sad, really.