The Paycheck Fairness Act, “a bill to ensure equal pay in the workplace between men and women of equal qualification” is up for a vote today in the Senate. Unfortunately it is almost a guarantee that the bill will not get the 60 votes it needs in order to beat a Republican filibuster. Ahhh yes, the good old filibuster, best way to keep ish from getting done in Congress EVER! And remember the Republicans have used this c*ckblocking maneuver repeatedly since picking up a few more seats in the 2010* Congressional election.
(*not so subtle hint to vote those a*shole out of office in 2012.)
Specifically The Paycheck Fairness Act would:
(1) offer increased ability to pursue punitive damages for unequal pay claims;
(2) prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who inquire about payment practices or who disclose their own salaries;
(3) prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who inquire about payment practices or who disclose their own salaries.
Even without it being an election year this is important legislation as President Obama so aptly points out:
“And we’ve got to understand this is more than just about fairness…Women are the breadwinners for a lot of families, and if they’re making less than men do for the same work, families are going to have to get by for less money for child care and tuition and rent, small businesses have fewer customers. Everybody suffers.”
See the issue is bigger than you and me and our own individual selfish a*s interests (*side eye* to the GOP). It is a global issue. With equal (i.e., better) pay women and their families can afford better child care, live in better neighborhoods and provide better educational opportunities for their children and those key environmental factors can result in it being less likely their kid grows up to rob/maim/kill you or worse yet turn into a dysfunctional sociopath and shoot up his high school – don’t act it hasn’t happened.
Generally speaking, the Republican line is that they believe the bill will hamper “job growth” and may “burden small businesses.” Let me get this straight – I deserve to be paid less than a man doing the same exact job because it may hurt the economy? Talk about slinging bullsh*t and telling you it’s confetti, gosh d*mn that’s ridiculous.
And what has the Romney-bot been programmed to say?
(a) What he ISN’T saying is whether or not he supports this particular bill and
(b) His campaign is saying: “Governor Romney supports pay equity for women.” Period.
Rachel Maddow diligently kept after the Romney Campaign for a comment. She was told the same thing I mentioned above. Classic
wuss politician move.
Way to take a firm stand on the issue Romenator. I wonder if anyone has ever told him to his face he is a spineless, unimaginative, programmable rich kid who makes for a good figurehead? Meet Sidney Barthwell who went to school with both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Hmmm, go on.
“Mitt was not particularly popular. He was very, very ordinary. He was an average Cranbrook student. He was not an athlete, he was not a student leader, he was not a scholar. The thing that separated Mitt there was that his father was the governor of Michigan.”
Funny, that doesn’t surprise me at all. In fact it kinda reminds me of that other guy who became president. You know the one who put us into two wars and destroyed the economy? Right, THAT GUY.
Back to Romney’s role as “Figurehead-in-Chief” – I would venture that it is quite possible any one of the several billionaires bankrolling his campaign may have hinted at it, you know just to remind him who is really running the show. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it until November, if they manage to steal the election a majority of Americans should be prepared to kiss life as they know it in the United States good-bye. Sound apocalyptic? Well it should. VOTE!! #Obama2012