Same-Sex Partner Benefits & Lieberman’s Election-Time Liberalism

In Civil Liberties, Economic Justice, Election 2006, International politics, Laws & Regulation, Misc., Progressive Politics, religion & politics, Sexuality, US Politics on September 29, 2006 at 9:58 am

A bipartisan team of senators introduced a bill Wednesday to offer federal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of civil servants. The bill (S. 3955) offered by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Gordon Smith, R-Ore., would allow domestic partners to benefit from federal retirement, life insurance, health insurance, workers’ compensation, long-term care insurance and dental and vision benefits…

In an August letter seeking co-sponsors, Lieberman and Smith said the Congressional Budget Office has estimated it will cost less than one-half of 1 percent of the current cost of the benefits to extend them.  “While this bill has a very modest cost to the government, it will have a significant impact on federal employees living in domestic partnerships and will assist our government in competing for the most qualified personnel,” the senators wrote.

  1. Unfortunately, the government continues to formulate socialist policies under the guise of “fairness”. Taking money from everyone in the country and redistributing it to those who Congress chooses, is by no means looking out for the best interests of their constituents, but rather for the best interests of their own social agendas. They do not deserve to be called a representative. Who will actually stand and represent the state they were elected by? The government is not a charity; if I want to give my money to a worthy cause, I will chose where my money goes. These senators have no right to take my private property and distribute it at their whim.

  2. If you express this sentiment across the board — meaning unhappiness with benefits for partnerships shouldn’t be extended for either heterosexual or homosexual couples — than that is a conversation that we can have.  And I’m glad to.

    But if this is a conversation about “socialist policies” simply because I posted up about extending benefits to same-sex couples… let’s talk about bigotry, not socialism.

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