Poor Michael Steele. Every time he opens his mouth, he manages to do something that no one thought was possible: say something even more foolish than what he said last time.
Here’s his latest — the clever solution he’s come up for how to oppose gay marriage without seeming to be against gay people.
Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday…. “Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”
Oh, whoopsie … sorry Michael, but that’s an argument against marriage in general, not gay marriage. You see, if nobody got married, then we wouldn’t have all those annoying dependents being added to employee health plans and thus burdening small businesses. In fact, your argument works much better against straight marriage than against gay marriage, for two reasons: (1) there are more straight people than gay people getting married, so straight marriage burdens business more than gay marriage does; and (2) straight couples are more likely than gay couples to have kids, and kids dramatically increasing the burden on small businesses by transforming the employer-funded health plan from “self+1” to the more expensive “family” variety. You know those kids, always having to go to the damn doctor and stuff.
With this guy in charge of the GOP, it’s getting more and more difficult to be worried about the 2010 elections.