The Supreme Court's ruling that overturned Roe vs Wade is an unprecedented decision that, for the first time ever, removed a Constitutional right that had been affirmed numerous times for more than fifty years. And the judges responsible for the decision were put on the court by Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote twice and tried to overthrow the U.S. government.
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The American people are rarely more united on an issue than they are about preserving the reproductive choice rights provided by Roe vs Wade. Nevertheless, the Republican, anti-democratic forces in Washington managed to subvert the people's will in order to impose a religious standard on the nation, in place of a legal one.
On Friday night Carlson launched a new, and patently offensive line of attack. He lashed out at private companies seeking to provide benefits to help employees get the healthcare they need when dealing with pregnancy and family planning. In states where abortion is now - or will soon be - illegal, these benefits will reimburse employees for costs to travel to states where their health needs can be met. And despite conservatives ordinarily supporting free market positions, Carlson is hypocritically attacking companies for trying to do what they believe is best for their employees and their business. He raged that...
"It's obvious why it's so important to America's corporations, almost all of whom immediately weighed in to say, 'We'll fly you to get an abortion at the state of your choice.' Why? Well, of course, employees without families are loyal to the company and, of course, it's much cheaper to pay for an abortion than it is to pay for maternity leave, or an extra name on the insurance policy. So, it's all about the money for corporate America. It always is. Families are bad for big corporations, therefore they're against families."
That is glaringly wrong for so many reasons, Let's begin with the fact that it isn't necessarily cheaper to insure an employee who seeks an abortion. For one thing, Carlson is assuming that everyone who gets an abortion doesn't already have a family. That's false. It's also flagrantly false to suggest that employees without families - by which he means children - are more loyal to their employer. As a frozen food empire trust fund baby, whose father worked for the State Department, Carlson has never had a job that wasn't handed to him by virtue of his wealth and elite status. Where do you suppose his loyalties lie?
More importantly, Carlson is making the repulsive argument that companies make employment decisions based on what it might cost to provide an employee with healthcare. By his own perverse logic, companies would (or should?) discriminate against an applicant who is diabetic, or has congenital heart defects, or suffers any other health challenges. Even those with families.
Carlson's conclusion that corporations are "against families," is not only exceedingly stupid, it ignores the fact that most corporate executives have families. He is also ignoring the broad diversity of the companies that offer the travel cost benefits. They include Meta (Facebook), Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon, Levi Strauss, JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks, and Tesla. Among media companies offering this benefit are Disney (ABC News), Warner Bros. Discovery (CNN), and Comcast (NBC News and MSNBC).
Conspicuously absent from that list is Fox News. Either they do not offer the benefit, or they don't want anyone to know that they do and declined to respond to inquiries. So they are either callously indifferent to their employees' well being, or they're raging hypocrites. And it wouldn't surprise anyone if it turns out to be both. After all, Fox News - and especially Tucker Carlson - have demonstrated that they don't care about the health of their employees, or their viewers. Carlson recently endorsed nicotine addiction. No, really! And when it comes to COVID, Carlson was its biggest advocate. Those aren't exactly pro-health, or pro-employee policies.
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