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Dec 1 - Red States Now Paying Unemployment Benefits to Anti-Vaxxers Who Quit Their Jobs
 

 
On Oct. 20, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a crackdown on unemployment benefits. She required recipients to double their job-search activity, and she imposed strict audits—with the threat of cutting off payments to anyone who fell short—to ensure that “no Iowan who is receiving unemployment benefits unnecessarily remains on the sidelines” of the job market.

Nine days later, however, Reynolds signed legislation that pays vaccine refusers to do just that: sit on the sidelines. Under the new law, anyone “discharged from employment for refusing to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 … shall not be disqualified for benefits.”
Reynolds is one of many Republican politicians who openly advocate, and in some states have successfully imposed, a two-tiered system of unemployment insurance. It’s not a left-wing policy of money for everyone or a right-wing policy of money for no one. It’s a policy of pernicious hypocrisy: welfare for vaccine refusers, tough love for everyone else.

Under these new laws, any worker who gets fired for broadly defined “misconduct,” such as flunking an employer-imposed drug test, is disqualified from unemployment benefits—but employees who refuse COVID vaccination are glorified, protected, and subsidized. The state must guarantee, in Reynolds’ words, that these reckless freeloaders “will still receive unemployment benefits despite being fired for standing up for their beliefs.”

The GOP’s coddling of vaccine refusers makes a joke of its rhetoric about self-reliance. This summer, for instance, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee ended the federal government’s supplemental COVID-era unemployment benefits. “We are paying people to stay home. That needs to change,” he declared. But two weeks ago, Lee signed legislation that pays vaccine refusers to stay home. Under Tennessee’s new policy, the state’s normal rule about employees fired for “misconduct”—that they lose their eligibility for unemployment benefits—can no longer be applied to anyone who is terminated for “refusing to receive a vaccination for COVID-19.”

In May, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he, too, would end bonus payments to unemployed Floridians. These payments, he argued, had created a perverse “incentive structure” that discouraged people from working. But DeSantis signed legislation two weeks ago that sets up a similar incentive structure, exclusively for people who defy COVID vaccine requirements (albeit with lower payments than when the federal government was still offering an extra $300 per week in benefits). Under the new law, vaccine refusal can’t “be deemed misconduct for the purpose of reemployment a*sistance.” In fact, the Florida law says that if you’re unemployed and you’re offered a job that requires vaccination, you can turn it down and stay on the dole.

Last week, Kansas adopted the same policy: You can keep drawing unemployment checks while declining job opportunities, as long as you specifically refuse “work that requires compliance with a COVID-19 vaccine requirement.” And if you were recently fired for refusing vaccination—or if you were previously denied unemployment benefits because you refused job offers that entailed vaccination—the state now promises that you’ll be “retroactively paid benefits” going back to the beginning of September. This bonus payout is yours, as a special kind of welfare recipient, even if you have “not requested retroactive payment of such benefits.” Tennessee has enacted a similar clause promising “retroactive payment of unemployment benefits,” without a specified time limit.

Prior to the enactment of these laws, the standard policy about job termination for “misconduct” in most states—i.e., that such offenders were disqualified from unemployment compensation—was generally understood to cover vaccine refusal. Kansas law, for instance, defined misconduct as “a violation of a duty or obligation reasonably owed the employer as a condition of employment including, but not limited to, a violation of a company rule, including a safety rule.” Under Florida law, misconduct included “disregard of the reasonable standards of behavior which the employer expects of his or her employee.” Tennessee’s law was almost identical. Refusing vaccination, in the midst of a respiratory pandemic that has k*lled millions of people, was a pretty obvious safety violation. Now it’s been elevated to a sacred right.

The new state laws also make a mockery of religion. Under Florida’s statute, if an employee simply “presents” a statement “indicating that the employee declines COVID-19 vaccination because of a sincerely held religious belief,” “the employer must allow the employee to opt out of the employer’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.” Iowa’s policy is similar. The Kansas law orders employers to accept such requests for religious exemptions “without inquiring into the sincerity of the request.” By framing vaccine refusal as religious freedom—while making it impossible to ascertain whether the refusal is truly grounded in religion—the GOP is wrapping its constituency of antisocial moochers in a cloak of martyrdom.

Republicans also argue that vaccine refusers deserve special treatment because it’s wrong, as a matter of personal autonomy, to let employers dictate workers’ health decisions. As DeSantis put it two weeks ago, “We are respecting people’s individual freedom.” But that’s not how DeSantis treats marijuana. Under Florida law, if you flunk an employer-imposed drug test, that’s “misconduct,” and it bars you from unemployment benefits if you’re fired. And if you apply for a new job—but you’re rejected for failing a drug test “required as a condition of employment” in that job—you’re further disqualified from unemployment benefits “for refusing to accept an offer of suitable work.”

Let’s pause to appreciate the Orwellian majesty of this sequence. 1) You, a responsible citizen, have gotten your COVID shots and want to be productive, so you apply for a job. 2) The prospective employer demands that you take a drug test. You test positive for marijuana, so the employer rejects you. 3) Based on the employer’s rejection of you—not your rejection of the employer—Florida declares that you have refused the job offer and are therefore disqualified from unemployment benefits. However, 4) your neighbor, who was fired for refusing COVID vaccination and has turned down two subsequent job offers that required COVID vaccination, continues to collect unemployment checks.

Meanwhile, under the same Florida law, employees who leave their jobs because they’re afraid of getting COVID become ineligible for unemployment benefits, unless they can prove to the DeSantis administration that this fear constituted “good cause” to quit. They’re treated more harshly than people who quit because they’re afraid of a federally approved vaccine.

This is how Republicans define “personal responsibility.”

Iowa has the same rule about employer drug tests. Its law specifically names marijuana as a substance that merits disqualification of the user from unemployment benefits. Under the Kansas statute, a “positive breath alcohol test or a positive chemical test” is “conclusive evidence of gross misconduct,” with extra penalties—beyond ordinary misconduct—for anyone seeking unemployment a*sistance. And in Tennessee, losing your job for “refusal to take a drug test or an alcohol test” can be “deemed to be a discharge for misconduct connected with work,” rendering you ineligible for a*sistance. When Republicans claim that their defense of vaccine refusers is based on a principled commitment to the physical autonomy of employees—as they did at a Senate press conference on Tuesday—don’t believe a word of it.

This isn’t a party of personal autonomy, moral responsibility, free enterprise, limited government, or self-reliance. It’s a party that has casually tossed aside each of these values, first for Donald Trump and then for COVID. Today’s GOP believes that the government should control workplace policies and should subsidize freeloaders who endanger their communities. It’s the party of socialism for anti-vaxxers.

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 2 months ago '08        #2
cohs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11 OP
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Welfare queens could work but would rather a handout. Hmm
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 2 months ago '16        #3
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 2 months ago '11        #4
Sin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x46
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What’s the long term plan for unemployed non vaccinated people?

My coworker is 67 and plans to retire, but i know that’s not an option for everyone

Are they waiting for a legislative change in the laws?
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 2 months ago '16        #5
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x58
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welfare queens
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 2 months ago '19        #6
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 Sin said
What’s the long term plan for unemployed non vaccinated people?

My coworker is 67 and plans to retire, but i know that’s not an option for everyone

Are they waiting for a legislative change in the laws?
Malign and complain about everything

Possibly punish ppl with the vax. This sh*t is do dumb now


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 2 months ago '21        #7
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 Sin said
What’s the long term plan for unemployed non vaccinated people?

My coworker is 67 and plans to retire, but i know that’s not an option for everyone

Are they waiting for a legislative change in the laws?
Mandates aren't laws.

Federal judges are turning Biden down left and right.

U sure do get your rocks off acting like a little fu*king minion.

Just cause you're willing to bend over and spread your cheeks wide open doesn't mean everyone else has to wimp.

Sorry conservatives are in your way of your dreams to live in a gay commie paradise.
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 2 months ago '17        #8
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n*ggas bout to come up lmfao
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 2 months ago '11        #9
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 FRAZZELDRIP said
Mandates aren't laws.

Federal judges are turning Biden down left and right.

U sure do get your rocks off acting like a little fu*king minion.

Just cause you're willing to bend over and spread your cheeks wide open doesn't mean everyone else has to wimp.

Sorry conservatives are in your way of your dreams to live in a gay commie paradise.
Judges have historically upheld vaccinations for pandemics like small pox and polio, what makes this different?
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 2 months ago '21        #10
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 MacJokerJones said
You do know there are gay conservatives and that they are the ones trying for communism?

Don’t respond to me neither because you’re a clear troll with that name. A fake video that you think is Hillary eating babies 😆 ok pal.
You do know you're a f*g**t who does nothing but project?
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 2 months ago '17        #11
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x21
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I say blue states should stop paying for red state welfare and make red states grab their boot straps and stop being welfare queens.

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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '05        #12
POSITIVITY  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x64
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The hypocrisy
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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '06        #13
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Lol so conservative they’ve gone socialist
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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '06        #14
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 FRAZZELDRIP said
Mandates aren't laws.

Federal judges are turning Biden down left and right.

U sure do get your rocks off acting like a little fu*king minion.

Just cause you're willing to bend over and spread your cheeks wide open doesn't mean everyone else has to wimp.

Sorry conservatives are in your way of your dreams to live in a gay commie paradise.
You’re so emotional all the time…

Mandates have the force of law, as do regulations. In a courtroom, mandates/regulations = law.

The only federal judges that matter in this case are those at One First Street NE in DC.
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 2 months ago '18        #15
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 Sin said
Judges have historically upheld vaccinations for pandemics like small pox and polio, what makes this different?
Nothing he is a fu*king moron. Hes a troll, if he didnt have these outlandish views no one would even respond to his a*s.
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 2 months ago '18        #16
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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More division. And watch the people fall for it, of course.
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 2 months ago '11        #17
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 Naga Sadow said
I say blue states should stop paying for red state welfare and make red states grab their boot straps and stop being welfare queens.

Naw that’s when the civil war starts
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 2 months ago '17        #18
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 BrooklynDamien said
More division. And watch the people fall for it, of course.
At this point, I’m convinced people wanna be f*ghting. I mean if this site and social media in general are any indication.

All the while we exploited by people we can’t relate to on any sort of level smh
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 2 months ago '21        #19
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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These people are fu*king retards.

For the safety and prosperity of future generations, please vote for whoever is running against a Republican in your local, state, and national elections.

 2 months ago '21        #20
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 SPdaGOAT said
At this point, I’m convinced people wanna be f*ghting. I mean if this site and social media in general are any indication.

All the while we exploited by people we can’t relate to on any sort of level smh
Republicans are openly f*ghting a culture war.

When you are attacked, you f*ght.
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 2 months ago '17        #21
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 Tlatoani said
Republicans are openly f*ghting a culture war.

When you are attacked, you f*ght.
Man Ima get money and wish everyone the best, I ain’t got time for that nonsense
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 2 months ago '21        #22
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 SPdaGOAT said
Man Ima get money and wish everyone the best, I ain’t got time for that nonsense
Your issue is in believing that your ability to make money is wholly independent of politics.

Every dollar you CAN make is because of that nonsense. It bears paying attention to.

 2 months ago '17        #23
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 Tlatoani said
Your issue is in believing that your ability to make money is wholly independent of politics.

Every dollar you CAN make is because of that nonsense. It bears paying attention to.
Not in 2021.

God Bless

 2 months ago '21        #24
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 SPdaGOAT said
Not in 2021.

God Bless
Bad politics and religion.

Good mix.
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 2 months ago '17        #25
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 Tlatoani said
Bad politics and religion.

Good mix.
I’m not religious, I just don’t care to have this conversation.

I probably wont even be in America by 2025, so I have no reason to care about a civil war.

Holla at me when y’all talking about a revolt. Because they are the cause to every single problem in this country
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