Today Barack Obama is applauding himself with great vigor. He did a good thing and he knows it.
He gets one point.
Or I should say, he gets one point and loses one point for not Leading By Example.
Today Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which overturns the Supreme Court decision that rained down upon Lilly Ledbetter.
Lilly found out that her company was paying her less than they paid the boys–for the same work. For decades. Any of us who has ever worked in Corporate America knows a story like hers, if not plenty of stories like hers.
Lilly got ticked off and she sued the Goodyear Corporation. The courts threw her case out because, even though she had plenty of proof that she had been financially discriminated against for no other reason than she didn’t own a penis, she filed her law suit past the 180 period which started with her last paycheck before retiring and discovering she had been pwned.
She took the case to the Supreme Court, which upheld the appellate court’s view in a 5 to 4 opinion written by its newest member, Justice Samuel A. Alito, a Bush appointee. At the time, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a rare oral dissent, saying she hoped Congress would reverse what the court had done.
And so Lilly got screwed twice and, I hate to carry tales, gentlemen, but this one thing pissed off plenty of women. They were doubly pissed off when Republicans blew their horns about it, calling it a big Giveaway for trial lawyers. Well, you know what guys? It SHOULD be a big Giveaway for lawyers AND the women this has been done to since Time began. This is downright wrong and, if most men in power didn’t pull that shit so often for so long, trial lawyers wouldn’t be gearing up for that Giveaway. What part of This Is Wrong do members of the House and Senate not understand? Just wondering.
Republicans, I hope you don’t mind if I am candid today. Your history of legally holding women down in the workplace is legendary. I always got the feeling that if you were given the choice, plenty of your plastic representatives on Capitol Hill would reverse women’s right to vote. Lilly Ledbetter’s law suit was a glaring example of this. Your pants were down that day your congressional members opposed Lilly Ledbetter the first time, and some of your Representatives and Senators are still blowing that opposition horn today. When will they ever learn? And exactly where is their sense of decency?
Congress passed the measure yesterday with a lopsided House vote,
Can any Republican reading this piece really sit there and tell me that it is perfectly fair for a woman with the same education, experience, performance and position to be paid less than the man sitting next to her? Because that is the message your elected officials who are still complaining are still sending to us today. I suggest you stuff a rag in your elected officials’ mouths if you ever hope to keep more women in your camp next time around.
You see, it was the cheating, sexism, misogyny and deliberately horrible treatment of Hillary Clinton and the women who supported her that drove many of us to the Republican camp during the last election.
We recognized Obama from our Corporate jobs and bailed out. As a matter of fact, if the Republicans’ own right wing religious social zealots didn’t sell the Centrist down the river out of spite, John McCain may have won. During that time, Republicans embraced us disenfranchised women and talked at length with us about Fairness and how horrible all of that sexism and misogyny was towards us, Hillary, and then Sarah. But I can tell you that before The Obama Pig Machine sprung into action, the same things KEPT plenty of women from the Republican camp. Just so you know if you ever hope to recover some power.
During yesterday’s House debate, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the Education and Labor Committee, predicted that the change would produce an outpouring of baseless litigation against employers, including complaints “decades after the alleged initial act occurred,” and that “trial lawyers, you can be sure, are salivating at this very prospect.”
Really “Buck”. You ignoramus. STFU you 19th Century throwback. You are embarrassing yourself. Guys like you are the reason trial lawyers are gearing up.
To complain today about Lilly Ledbetter is to look like a hypocrite after embracing so many women who felt discrimination at its worst during the last Presidential campaign. I suggest that my Republican friends let your representatives know that women do read and have IQs and they do watch, and that they should stop behaving like hypocrites on this Good day for women, mmmmmmmkay? Just food for thought. Nothing more.
So, as you can see, I am jubilant over this Law. Except for one problem.
Barack Obama didn’t practice what he is preaching today with his own campaign employees. So, really, the women who worked for him should start suing him right now. Let’s take a little trip down recent-memory lane to June, 2008.
Obama’s for Equal Pay,
Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males data calculated from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate, which covered the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 2007. Of the five people in Obama’s Senate office who were paid $100,000 or more on an annual basis, only one — Obama’s administrative manager — was a woman.
By Fred Lucas
CNSNews.com Staff WriterJune 30, 2008
(CNSNews.com) – While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has vowed to make pay equity for women a top priority if elected president, an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men.
That is in contrast to Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s Senate office, where women, for the most part, out-rank and are paid more than men.
Obama spoke in Albuquerque, N.M. last week about his commitment to the issue and his support of a Senate bill to make it easier to sue an employer for pay discrimination.
“Mr. McCain is an honorable man, we respect his service. But when you look at our records and our plans on issues that matter to working women, the choice could not be clearer,” Obama told the audience in New Mexico, a voter-swing state.
“It starts with equal pay. Sixty-two percent of working women in America earn half or more than of their family’s income. But women still earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2008. You’d think that Washington would be united it its determination to fight for equal pay.”
He continued, saying that he is proud to have supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which would extend the limit on how long an employee can wait before suing an employer for pay discrimination.
The legislation was named after Lilly Ledbetter, who was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Ala. She sued for pay discrimination before retiring after 19 years because she had made $6,500 less per year than the lowest paid male supervisor.
However, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out her case, saying she waited too long to file a complaint. The court said that under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, an employee must sue within 180 days of a decision regarding pay if alleged discrimination is involved. The bill sought to change the law, but Democrats could not muster the needed 60 votes to override a Republican filibuster.
Obama voted for the equal pay litigation bill in April. McCain was campaigning that day and did not vote. But he has expressed opposition to the legislation, fearing it would open the door to too much litigation.
On average, women working in Obama’s Senate office were paid at least $6,000 below the average man working for the Illinois senator. That’s according to
The average pay for the 33 men on Obama’s staff (who earned more than $23,000, the lowest annual salary paid for non-intern employees) was $59,207. The average pay for the 31 women on Obama’s staff who earned more than $23,000 per year was $48,729.91. (The average pay for all 36 male employees on Obama’s staff was $55,962; and the average pay for all 31 female employees was $48,729.The report indicated that Obama had only one paid intern during the period, who was a male.)
McCain, an Arizona senator, employed a total of 69 people during the reporting period ending in the fall of 2007, but 23 of them were interns. Of his non-intern employees, 30 were women and 16 were men. After excluding interns, the average pay for the 30 women on McCain’s staff was $59,104.51. The 16 non-intern males in McCain’s office, by comparison, were paid an average of $56,628.83.
The Obama campaign did not respond to written questions submitted on the matter Thursday by Cybercast News Service .
During his Albuquerque speech, Obama criticized McCain for supporting the Supreme Court ruling on the pay-equity issue.
“Sen. McCain thinks the Supreme Court got it right,” Obama said. “He opposed the Fair Pay Restoration Act. He suggested that the reason women don’t have equal pay isn’t discrimination on the job – it’s because they need more education and training. That’s just totally wrong.”
Obama continued, “Lilly Ledbetter’s problem was not that she was somehow unqualified or unprepared for higher-paying positions. She most certainly was and by all reports was an excellent employee. Her problem was that her employer paid her less than men doing the exact same work.”
If this isn’t a clear cut case of Do As I Say Not As I Do, then I don’t know what is.
And this is just one of several serious reasons I do not believe in Barack Obama’s sincerity-quotient when it comes to women.
“Fairness for thee, not for me”.
Raise your hand if you have ever worked for a man who Talked the Talk but was full of shit when it came to Walking the Walk himself. There is a lot more he is going to have to prove to me about his attitude toward women than this. And he can start with the pig who writes his speeches. I’m still waiting for President Barack Obama to even make a remark about that behavior. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. This equates to either a stamp of approval or a President who doesn’t see this kind of behavior as any bid deal. You pick.
Secondly, Barack Obama’s cabinet is reminiscent of the Good Ole Boys management organizational chart of the 1970s. And some of those Good Ole boys are exceedingly offensive to women–as in Larry Summers.
President Obama, you will get your point back from me when you start to practice what you preach–because the attitude of the President of the United States rolls downhill into the workplace, Sweetie.
I’ll believe you are not full of misogyny crap and have reformed on the day you start pushing the ERA. Vigorously. And successfully. Then you, your filthy sycophants and the MSM can be rightfully cited for Hate Speech the next time you enable the crap you pulled during your campaign.
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