Sometimes I guess this party just doesn’t want to be in power. After watching certain wings of the Republican party explode with rage regarding the extra-legal and idiotic attempts to craft legislation solely to insert themselves inthe Schiavo marriage, you would think Democrats would take the hint. Instead, some are cheerleading this nonsense:
Maryland lawmakers yesterday approved legislation that would effectively require Wal-Mart to boost spending on health care, a direct legislative thrust against a corporate giant that is already on the defensive on many fronts nationwide.
“We’re looking for responsible businesses to ante up . . . and provide adequate health care,” said Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles), the Finance Committee chairman, as the Senate approved the measure with a majority wide enough to survive an anticipated veto. A similar bill has cleared the House of Delegates, and legislators expect to reconcile their differences easily.
Lawmakers said they did not set out to single out Wal-Mart when they drafted a bill requiring organizations with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health benefits — or put the money directly into the state’s health program for the poor.
But as debate raged in the Senate yesterday, it was clear that the giant retailer, which has 15,000 workers in Maryland, was the only company that would be affected.
All your business are belong to us. Really, though (*wink*), they didn’t know that Wal-Mart would be the only company effected. They just pulled the number 10,000 out of the air.
Fine choice. Government control of your marriage and medical decisions, or government control of your business and economic choices. Let’s just throw all these bastards out of office. What makes it so inexplicable is that at the same time they were passing bills designed to control occupational issues, they recognize the value of individual liberty in some areas:
Other portions of the Democrats’ agenda targeted their progressive base. With the domestic partners bill, they gave unmarried partners, including gay couples, the right to make health decisions for each other.
And then reverted back to nanny state form:
The legislature set in place a host of new restrictions on teen drivers that came in response to a rash of road deaths in the Washington region over the past six months. A measure barring novice teen drivers from carrying teenage passengers who are not family members reached the governor’s desk, as did a bill prohibiting teens from using cell phones while driving during the 18-month provisional license period.