John F. Kennedy -Signs Equal Pay Act in 1963 image: michigan.org
Wooing the Women’s vote, once again, the Obama Campaign (Administration) and Senate Democrats are rolling out yet another Women’s Equal Pay (or in this case Fair Pay) Act or Bill. According to the Washington Post the wooing (seriously wooing), women, again (that’s not in the Post)begins: – and the gist:
President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are courting female voters by pushing a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace.
Democrats say women now earn on average 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man and that the bill would require companies to show that differences in wages are not based on gender. It also would prohibit retaliation against employees who reveal their own wages or seek details about their employers’ pay policies.
Republicans say the legislation would place unnecessary burdens on businesses.
Of course, one has all the elements of the beginnings of a “how stupid are women anyhow?” tale – Democrats screaming about women and equal rights (pay/abortion/blah, blah, blah), always followed by those rotten Republican’s blocking a bill for equal pay! (name a reason), of course, this only occurs when there is an election at stake, and right now – it’s Wisconsin’s Governor’s recall and impending chaos in November (Chaos if one is on the “D” side of the aisle).
This is nothing new, of course, and similar to “free student loans or student loan forgiveness”, the administration (or more to the point, the campaign element of the administration and it’s cohorts in the Congress) every time it’s glaringly apparent that there’s “Trouble in River City” (Pool hall – reference “Music Man”) they roll out the “Equal Pay” or something similar to try and “trick” not “woo” women (or fill the blank, depending on the bill).
The most recent the Paycheck Fairness Act, S3772, was rolled out in November of 2010, and failed to pass – the basic reason was the presentation was incredibly flawed and did little to actually “promote equal pay”. Anyone with a pulse understands what happened in November of 2010 - (if not, historic losses in the House by Democrats), and of course, this did not appear to help and nor was it designed to be taken all that seriously.
The problem is that the Equal Pay Act was already written, signed, sealed and delivered by one John F. Kennedy - in June of 1963! The Act, of course, goes mainly unnoticed, by the Obama Administration which pays female staffers 18% less than their male counterparts! (Say Anything Blog) – A Blog really? Yes, backed up the White House – (see annual salary report below:
That said, not to pick on the Obama administration, or members of Congress, or members of the Senate, or other government agencies, or most employers (with exceptions of those run by women, for the most part), women continue to be paid less than men on the dollar for equal work.
Here’s a solution: Enforce JFK’s fine Bill! - and stop treating “us” like second class citizens, - even if the male dominated political class only gave us the right to vote after every single “group” had theirs. It is disheartening to those of us who may be old enough to “remember when” (and also know how to research beyond what’s trending on Twitter), that the proverbial “let’s pull the wool over those silly women’s eyes, again, and we’ll get the vote based on “equal pay”. How insulting, how incredibly pompous can this latest bunch of charlatans be?
One thing of note, perhaps those who are so vested in the party politics that they neglect to see the forest through the trees would fall for this cow dung (See Nancy Pelosi casting her “super-delegate” vote for Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008 – thereby robbing Hillary of her right (by popular vote in the primary) to be the nominee and eventual President) – but then there are those of us in the so-call “trenches” women that actually work, 40 to 60 hours a week, some are paid fairly, other’s not so much – mostly if one works for the Federal Government.
There you have it, nothing new, there’s a recall in Wisconsin today, and it is smart money on Governor Walker to pull it out, and continue with his sterling record of raising employment, lowering taxes, and giving individuals the right to make a choice to be in a union, or – not to be. Given the Administrations vested interest in Unions and organized labor (being an Organizer from the top down), it goes without saying that should the Democrats loose Wisconsin’s recall, (similar to the beginning of the end – the elections of 2009, in order: Virginia Governor’s special election, New Jersey’s Governors special election and finally: The People’s Seat – Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Miracle), then one can pretty much figure that November will not be a ride in the park for any Democrat (incumbent or not – White House to the Congress).
It will mostly be because of disingenuous nonsense that is trumped as “new” when it is so very old, aimed at “women” or pick a category” all I the name of getting that groups vote – smacks of desperation - therefore, due to fear on the campaign trail, women will once again be reminded: You’re not paid enough, but we’re doing to write this Bill that can’t get passed even though there is an RFK bill in place that we ignore, then blame the Republican’s and you’re going to Love it and vote for me!
In a word: Pathetic