Word on the street is that the Senate has reached a deal to extend long-term unemployment benefits, retroactive to December 28, when they expired. Now the House has to go along, and I shudder to think they'll take their time. After all, why hurry? It's not like over two million long-term unemployed have no money to buy food or utilities or anything. And it's not like we still have three unemployed Americans for every job opening while corporations rake in record profits or anything. And it's not like Congress just made draconian cuts to our food stamp program or anything. Well, except that, of course, it is like all that. And you can tell Republicans are losing the argument about unemployment insurance, because they all say they want to pass it but just want to find a way to pay for it. Then they go on to hate every way anyone thinks of paying for it -- because, certainly, we just can't do things like tax millionaire income at a higher rate, or tax hedge fund income like it was, you know, income -- but that stratagem can't work forever, can it? Hence NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, helps you tell Congress to renew long-term unemployment insurance.
Meanwhile, did you know that in Pennsylvania employers can ask female job applicants if they're mothers -- and then deny them a job for that reason? Me neither. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that, if you put three beers in any CEO who thinks this state of affairs is all right, that he'll (do I need to gender-equivocate here?) tell you that children get sick, etc., and thus you can't always rely on mothers to come to work and do the job when you need them. I'm going to go out on another limb and guess that they don't think the same way about fathers at all -- and that their own experience with smoothing out the rough patches of parenthood is qualified, somewhat, by their ability to hire help. And I shudder to think what bosses think of single mothers. However, HB 1984 would change that, by adding "familial status" and "marital status" to Pennsylvania's 1955 law banning "discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age or national origin" by employers, employment agencies, and unions. Moms Rising helps you tell the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass HB 1984 and criminalize "maternal profiling."