The Republican Party often complains about the "job killing" policies of Democrats, but one GOP lawmaker in Tennessee is upset about Volkswagen bringing 200,000 jobs to his state because the mass employment may encourage legal worker unions.
The state's Senate Commerce Committee was holding a hearing on March 17 about $165.8 million in proposed financial incentives for Volkswagen to build its plant, noted TimesFreePress.com (video below).
According to RawStory.com, state Sen. Bo Watson stated during the hearing:
"The incentive, no doubt, will create about 200,000 jobs directly, and countless more indirectly. It will give southeast Tennessee a big foothold in the automotive industry, particularly in research and development. And it will allow the development of a new line of Volkswagen vehicles, particularly the SUV."
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But then Watson turned to what he thought was negative, "VW is a magnet for organized labor, intentionally."
The incentive grant was approved without Watson's support.
In more politics-meets-business news, Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Randy Forbes recently defended the rights of religious business owners to discriminate against gay people by citing casual restaurant chain Chiptole's decision to drop a pork supplier because of reports of pigs being mistreated.
In an op-ed in the Christian Post, the GOP lawmakers claimed:
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"It is crucial that the same freedom enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remains equally available to business owners of faith. Indeed, much more so as freedom of religion is explicitly protected by the First Amendment. We cannot simultaneously laud the leaders of a business motivated by a commitment to environmental sustainability and discriminate against the leaders of a business motivated by religious belief.
"If a decision based on moral convictions is celebrated, shouldn't a decision based on the free exercise of religion — a right guaranteed in the Constitution — be even more so?"
Chiptole's decision to stop serving pork at some of its restaurants is not based on the company's religious discrimination against any group of people, but rather the alleged animal mistreatment by one of Chiptole's suppliers, reported The Washington Post.
The American Civil Liberties Union notes that business owners refused to serve black people during the Jim Crow era based upon their sincerely-held religious beliefs.