Posted by: twotrees | October 15, 2009

Red Thinking?

KBR_LogoYesterday, Al Frankin, former SNL comedy writer/performer cum U.S. Senator from Minn. got his first piece of legislation passed.  The amendment stops federal funding to contractors who, through contracts with their own employees, deny their employees from bringing lawsuits against their employers if they were assaulted by other employees.  Said Frankin:

“The story came to my attention of Jamie Leigh Jones who, when she was 19, went to Iraq to work for defense contractor KBR (a former Halliburton subsidiary) and she was put in the barracks with 400 men and was sexually harassed,” Franken told the Huffington Post shortly after the vote. “She complained. But they didn’t do anything about it. She was drugged and gang raped and they locked her up in a shipping container. She tried to sue KBR and they said you have a mandatory arbitration clause in your contract. She tried to fight back and said this is ridiculous. She took it to court and they have been fighting her for three years.”  

What’s also notable is that 30 senators voted against this bill.  The final vote was 68 to 30, with nine republicans joining the democrats who voted it in.

Having heard some of the reasoning from those who votes nay, I just have to ask:  WHAT PLANET DO YOU LIVE ON ????????? 

Frankin said it well:  “This bill would make it so that anybody in business with the Department of the Defense can’t do this,” he concluded emphatically. “They can’t have mandatory arbitration on issues like assault and battery.”

I am sad to see the divergence of thought in this country growing further apart each day – like people at opposite sides of the grand Canyon shouting across the chasm, not hearing or caring to hear those on the other side.

In a related story, Halliburton stock, which was $5.47 in Jan, 2002, reached $50.03 in June of 2008.    You see, it really is all about the money.

“This bill would make it so that anybody in business with the Department of the Defense can’t do this,” he concluded emphatically. “They can’t have mandatory arbitration on issues like assault and battery.”

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/07/franken-gets-first-amendm_n_312399.html

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