Common sense, once again, is obviously not a part of being a Congresswoman, let alone the leader of the Congressional Democrats. House Speaker Pelosi is once again throwing common sense right out the window. Basically, she is trying to kill an amendment that will protect employers from getting sued by the government over hiring people over speaking English.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked. He noted that the full Senate passed his amendment to shield the Salvation Army by 75-19 last month, and the House followed suit with a 218-186 vote just this month. “I cannot imagine that the framers of the 1964 Civil Rights Act intended to say that it’s discrimination for a shoe shop owner to say to his or her employee, ‘I want you to be able to speak America’s common language on the job,’ ” he told the Senate last Thursday.
But that’s exactly what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying to do. In March the EEOC sued the Salvation Army because its thrift store in Framingham, Mass., required its employees to speak English on the job. The requirement was clearly posted and employees were given a year to learn the language. The EEOC claimed the store had fired two Hispanic employees for continuing to speak Spanish on the job. It said that the firings violated the law because the English-only policy was not “relevant” to job performance or safety.
Now, I don’t have a problem with employers asking for bi-lingual workers, but, this issue has to do with Spanish only! Don’t you think that it’s reasonable to have people who work for you to speak English? It is the common language of the country. If we keep going down this slippery slope, there won’t be a country to fight over.
Best line of the article:
Republicans have their political problems with Hispanics over some of their approaches to illegal immigration, but they may be nothing compared to the problems Democrats have if they continue to cave in to their anti-assimilation extremists.