As a follow up to the story about Jamie Leigh Jones comes this story. A memo from the Department of Defense referencing the Franken Amendment.
"The DoD opposes the proposed amendment," reads a message sent from the administration to the Senate on October 6, the day the amendment passed by a 68-30 vote.
"The Department of Defense, the prime contractor, and higher tier subcontractors may not be in a position to know about such things. Enforcement would be problematic, especially in cases where privity of contract does not exist between parties within the supply chain that supports a contract," reads the DoD note. "It may be more effective to seek a statutory prohibition of all such arrangements in any business transaction entered into within the jurisdiction of the United States, if these arrangements are deemed to pose an unacceptable method of recourse."
As noted in my original post on this topic, 30 U.S. Senators, all Republicans voted against the Franken Amendment that would outlaw arbitration for crimes such as rape, in Jamie Leigh's case, gang rape committed by employees of the company. I guess rape is just another good old-fashioned family value promoted by the Republican party. Why have no Republican leaders condemned these Senators for their votes? Where's Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck? Surely one of them must have a daughter. If the Republican party were really the party of the Christian values, don't you think one pundit, one politician, one party elder would be all over the television denouncing the cowardly act of voting against the Franken amendment?
At the web site, Republicans for Rape at the page Why Rape? you can find the following satiric information. I'm glad that other people are really angry about the vote by 30 Republicans Senators against the Franken amendment. This should have been a unanimous vote. If ever there should have been 100% bipartisan agreement on anything done in the Senate, this should have been it.
Whats the big deal?
The 2010 Franken Senate Defense Appropriations Amendment overreaches into the business of private enterprise. Defense contractors are a part of the functioning free market; not the Federal Government. A handful of isolated assaults is no reason to summon the interference of the Federal Government and Congress. This amendment interferes with the privacy of companies and the ability of our defense contractors to effectively conduct the business of protecting America from terrorism.
Who is really hurt by this amendment?
Jamie Leigh Jones claims that other employees of Halliburton have come forward with stories of assault since her media exposure. However, even if these unconfirmed cases were true, this represents only a small fraction of the population. With over 52,000 employees, it is difficult to blame the company for this singular event! Hindering the company's ability to manage its own employees makes it more difficult to perform effectively. This amendment ultimately only compromises our mission to spread liberty and freedom worldwide.
Who is this going to cost?
In the end, this is another story of liberal Democrats promoting big government interference, taxing and spending. By allowing these incidents to go through the long process of the justice system, this amendment places unneeded burden on our tax dollars. In these times of economic recession, our government shouldn't be trying to find more ways to overextend their resources. So who is this going to cost? American taxpayers.