You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.
Posting a Diary Entry
Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as
is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.
When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.
If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.
ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.
One diary daily maximum.
Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries
that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
Along with notables such as Louie Gohmert, Scott backed a bill intended to make it harder to get food stamps and cap federal spending on means-tested welfare programs. Under an anti-strike provision in the bill, families already on food stamps when a member went on strike would continue to receive the same level of assistance, but no family's assistance—not even assistance for children—could increase because of a strike. Workers, in other words, would face the choice between taking whatever concessions their bosses demanded and watching their families struggle financially for years to come, or fighting for decent pay and benefits at the cost of watching their families go hungry in the immediate future.
Scott also authored a bill that would have stripped the National Labor Relations Board of its ability to penalize companies that illegally move jobs in retaliation for workers exercising their legal rights. That bill was in response to the NLRB's complaint against Boeing, for moving jobs to South Carolina in retaliation for a strike in Washington state. Scott's bill wouldn't have made it legal for companies to move jobs in retaliation for workers engaging in protected activity. It just would have prevented the government from doing anything about it when companies did break the law—and because of that, make workers think twice or three times about fighting anything their bosses did.
Both bills seek to make it more difficult and more dangerous for workers to take action for better wages, benefits, or working conditions. America's labor laws are already tilted toward employers. Scott wants to turn that tilt into a vertical plane, with business at the top and workers at the bottom. And now he's a senator!