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As we look forward to the eventual end of the Bad Orange Times, Democrats keep rolling out ideas that should become part of the national agenda, at least once the Current Unpleasantness is flushed. Like for instance Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal for a "Green New Deal" that would both tackle climate change and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, or any of the many bills by Kamala Harris.

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal have co-introduced another good idea, the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which would extend legal protections and worker rights to the roughly two million people currently working as in-home health aides, cleaners, nannies, and so on. Yes, even the ones who don't have sitcoms based on their zany antics. It's not just a great deal for some of the lowest-paid workers in the country, it also provides a model for how work rights could be extended to a lot of people working in a variety of nontraditional labor markets.


As Harris and Jayapal point out in a CNN op-ed, (co-written with Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance), protections for domestic workers were deliberately excluded from the New Deal as the price of getting racist Southern Democrats to support the legislation. Damned if the Good Old Boys wanted sharecroppers or the cleaning lady to get any ideas about unionizing or being paid minimum wage. Likewise, the Civil Rights Act doesn't apply to most people working in homes, since it excludes employers with fewer than 15 employees. For chrissakes, domestic workers aren't even covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, probably because some clever Republican fretted Big Government would force you to provide your babysitter a Hazmat suit for diaper changes. Science fact: Many babies do emit toxic slime.

And no, however much Mrs. Brady reassures Alice she's like part of the family, she really can't be on duty 24/7. She needs her some Sam the Butcher time, know what we mean?

Eight states and the city of Seattle have already passed domestic workers bills of rights, and so far, not one of them has been plagued by mobs of unionized au pairs running wild in the streets and holding children hostage for overtime pay. A national bill to extend some job rights is an excellent idea, considering that as Boomers get older and Millennials have kids (and more two income families need childcare help), there is expected to be a national shortage of some 350,000 domestic workers by 2040, unless of course those jobs offer decent wages and worker rights. (Plus of course there's the whole "right thing to do" argument, if we're even allowed to mention something so nonutilitarian.)

So what all is in this thing? Let's deploy a Bulleted List of Wonkishness! The domestics' Bill of Rights would guarantee:

  • Overtime pay for workers who put in more than 40 hours a week
  • OSHA protections
  • The right to unionize
  • Legal recourse against discrimination and sexual harassment, including protections against retaliation for reporting harassment or other workplace problems
  • Written employment agreements
  • Advance notice of scheduling
  • Scheduled meal and rest breaks
  • Paid sick days
  • Privacy protections for workers who live in employers' homes
  • Affordable healthcare and retirement savings

The text of the bill hasn't yet been filed, but we'd assume benefits an individual employer couldn't afford, like the health and retirement plans, would be paid into a pool, unemployment-insurance-style, to provide group benefits. At least, that's how we'd do it.

All in all, this all sounds like what you might call basic decency toward a class of workers who have been excluded for far too long from the protections most people in nine-to-five jobs take for granted. For that reason, you should probably expect to see some asshole like Ted Cruz yelling that these damned socialists want you to pay for your 14-year-old babysitter's own Depends in 60 years, and how is that fair?

Also, as the Nation points out, if this gets passed -- in 2021, say, with a Democratic president who'll sign it -- it could be adapted to provide rights and protections for

many different kinds of workers who work for multiple bosses without traditional employment structures, all of whom belong to the so-called "gig economy." Its retirement fund or enforcement task force could be deployed for, say, Uber drivers or contract workers in Amazon warehouses.

So yeah, duh. Let's do this! Workers in the home, unite. You can even keep your witty comic observations on the foibles of the middle class!

[CNN / Kamala Harris on Twitter / Nation]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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