Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Dear Republicans: Eff You, Pay Me. Love, Women


You know we try to keep it bougie round here put then there comes a time to step up on the soapbox and call bullshiggity. 

I try not to align myself as Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. I try to take each issue as it stands. But someone has GOT to explain what the hell the Republicans in Congress care about besides removing Obama from office and preserving their trust funds for me.

It's one thing to want to  lock down the borders and frisk people of color randomly. We sort of expect that. It's another thing to not give two shits if anyone has decent healthcare. We kinda knew that was coming too. But when it comes to equal pay for equal work and enforcing that? Well isn't that just common decency? Voting against that is kind of like kicking a (wo)man when she's down, isn't is? That's on some shiggity level right there.

Having served my time in H.R. over the past two decades, I have seen a lot of compensation disparity. A. Lot. A. Lot. A. Lot. And nothing infuriates me more than seeing two people who are at the same level with the same seniority and doing the same job at the same proficiency not being compensated in the same manner. When the only noticeable difference is that one of them pees standing up? That makes me absolutely crazy.

So as I'm reading these trifling "so-called" justifications for why not a single GOP'er voting for this addendum to the Equal Pay Act, I'm positively steaming. This wage-bias bill would have opened up new avenues for women to seek justice in wage discrimination cases. 

I have to wonder - do the Republicans just not care about the female vote? Or the "anyone under middle class" vote? Or the African-American vote? Someone please explain this strategy in an election year. I'm betwixt and befuddled. The floor is yours...

31 comments:

James B. said...

 agree 100% with the equal pay for equal work concept regardless of gender. I'm neither Republican or Democrat either. However, i think it's politricks as usual. It's a given what side the Republicans will side on. And it's only fair that the timing of all this during an election year is suspicious. Obama is trying to get the woman\gay vote and it's blaringly obvious. Obama is losing his slight lead and is pulling out all the stops. In the last 6 months or so, he's repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', fought the Catholic church over women's right to contraception, endorsed Gay Marriage and now Obama & the Dems are trying to make it look like "hey, we tried to get equal pay for women but look what happened. Wasn't our fault'.
The Dem's knew they didn't have the votes to pass this. Where was all this concern for equal pay for women before now that it's was only 5 months from election day? As I stated above, I don't abscribe to either party, and they all are one and the same if you ask me. Just be an informed voter and not a mrymidon. That is all. ;-)

Reads4Pleasure said...

Republicans care about preserving the fortunes of white men while serving as the gatekeepers of morality for women.  No, they're not concerned with women making more money.  You know, you silly women should just marry a man that makes good money, then you won't have to worry about that whole Equal Pay thingamadoody.  These are men that see themselves becoming a minority and are doing everything within their power to hold on to their power.  Rack Rack is their biggest nightmare come true.  The GOP holding Congress hostage is just part of their plan to make him look bad and give voters reasons not to vote for him again.  So no, the Republicans haven't done, and don't plan to do, anything while he's in office.

CaliGirlED said...

Fear is a self-destructing weapon. It makes people act and react in ways that can ultimately be detrimental to themselves. Rather than embrace the "different strokes for different folks" or "we are the world" mentalities, the Repubs embrace "our way or the highway" and "you are beneath me" mentalities. And as folks are stroking and uniting, the Repubs feel under attack and have come out swinging wildly, out of control and dirty.

Mo said...

Yet progressives are huffing and puffing talking about they will seat this election out because they did not get want they wanted in  HCR &  debt ceiling. Le Sigh!  This election will be economics and social issues,  see what happened in Wisconsin.

Miz JJ said...

As an outsider looking in the republicans know they don't have to do anything for anyone except rich people since the people who elect them  are quite content to vote against their own economic interests. 

TrulyPC said...

The Republicans only care about their immediate agenda of trying to make Obama a one-term President.  It is disturbing and infuriating to me that they will undermine anything that they feel will take away their privileged power at all costs.  

Think P. Smart said...

It's really simple.  Women don't belong in the workforce so why bog down businesses with rules on how to treat people who shouldn't even be there.  Further, women aren't equipped to make our own decisions.  We need men to do that for us.  And the Republicans represent those men.  I believe it's this thinking that causes some women even to vote Republican.  

GrownAzzMan said...

There is not great political strategy or vision for the country involved here. Their calculation is simple. If Obama is for it they MUST be against it. Even if it would be good for their wives, daughters and grandmothers. They don't even have a plan as evidenced by Mitt Romney's campaign. Does anyone know what his plan is? What he is for? He is running on the platform of NOT OBAMA. It ain't going to work...

thinklikeRiley said...

M-Chizzle:
ReThugs don't care about you, me or anyone who looks like you and me. Dey ain't got to. 
If you make a few billy overnight, they will care about you. 
That. is. all.

Love,
Riley.

GrownAzzMan said...

Progressives who sit this one out are as misguided as women, minorities and gays who vote Republican...SMH

Rob said...

What he said.

Rob said...

What she said too.

FullBloom said...

The Republican'ts only care about money (theirs).  They only care about their kind, you know the really wealthy, white men.  They are all about equal opportunity.   The equally dislike women, gays, minorities (anyone not a rich white male), and the poor (regardless of color).  They just play on the fears of the white poor to gain their votes.  Unfortunately racism often times trumps the reality that a vote for the Republican’ts means no healthcare, no unemployment insurance, and continuing poor education.  Oh well, those are small sacrifices that they are betting some are willing to live with in order to keep President Obama out of office for a second term.  

blackprofessor said...

The Republicans only care about upper class, straight white men.  As long as they play certain cards (e.g., race, anti-gay), some Whites (e.g., poor, conservative, women) will vote for them.  Their strategy is to make certain constituents think they have similar values rather than focusing on the bottom line - their economic future. It worked with Reagan and Bush, so I won't be surprised if it works with Romney.

Monica said...

 My name is Monica and I approve this post. The Repugnantcans are looking out for number one and always have for as long as I've been breathing. Eff everybody else. Their hatred overrides rational thought.

Monica said...

 Yep. Terrorist won't be the boogeyman used to scare the daylights out of people this time. It will be the economy then health care.

J B said...

My freshman year in college, I was told by a retired nuke sub sailor/seaman/whatever they're called that there would be no inflation if all women stopped working, found husbands and let the men take care of  finances.  Really, dude? 

Yes, he was Republican.  Yes, I walked away.

Monica said...

 Wow.  He actually said that out loud.

Your Girl C said...

Actually, the Dems have been working on pay equality for years.   This isn't new.

James B. said...

it's been 50 years since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, not to mention Obama, as one of his first legislative accomplishments in 2009 upon taking office, signed legislation to make equal pay into law as part of the "Lilly Ledbetter Act".  This recent vote is purely political grandstanding in an election year which is merely 5 months awaway to sway women voters.  The Dem's knew they didn't have the Senate votes for this to pass, (anybody who have been keeping up with this would known that before today), the Dems just wanted to vilify the Republicans as the boogieman under the bed.  Although, i would agree with this vilification, Obama is milking the women\gay vote for all it's worth to get a second term.  And I'd be ashamed as a woman or LGBT person to be apart of this blatant pandering and patronization.  Obama is just playing the game as they all do. And people are falling for it.

Sol_dier said...

gay vote: Obama has been working on this since 2009. 
Source: https://s3.amazonaws.com/obama.3cdn.net/a10f6a89da07a046fe_hum6bn0ej.pdfA few Highlights: June 17 2009: Ordered Fed. govt to extend key benefits to same–sex partners of federal employeesJune 29 2009: Hosted 1st-ever White House LGBT Pride receptionJan 1st 2010: Banned discrimination based on gender identity in Fed workplacesOct 21st 2010: Created a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders

Women's Vote:  He has been fighting for issues which concern women since day dot.
In fact it was the 1st act he signed once he was president was regards to women
Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/womens_record.pdf

1) The Lilly Ledbetter Fair pay Act was the 1st act  of congress signed into law by President Obama in Jan 29 2009!!

All this info is available to everyone. It is undisputed and readily available. 

Being an informed voter is great, but one must ensure that one is truly informed. I hope you find the sources useful and you are able to see that the Dems and Obama have indeed been working since his election but have been thwarted.

Feel free to research some more sources, you will find the dates I quoted to be accurate.

Sol_dier said...

I am a woman.
I am not ashamed. In fact I am quite proud of what Obama is doing and the time he is doing it.
Why shouldn't he?. SHould he sit back and let his opponents dictate When and Where he should highlight or do battle?. Should he not be political in a political environment?.

What is your problem with Obama milking the women/gay vote?. Why shouldn't he?. He has been enacting laws to protect women and gay people since he entered office. His opponents haven't. Why shouldn't he make that patently clear and why should he thrust it in the lime light at this crucial point in time?
Why shouldn't he leverage it for victory?. 

p.s. 
We women are not stupid, we are just as politically mature, intelligent as the next gender. Some of us know how politics work, we also know that you don't hide your light under a bushell waiting for someone to acknowledge you (it hasn't worked for us).

You seem to be ragging on Obama for using his positives to campaign for a longer term?.

Why aren't you ragging on his opponents who are ACTIVELY against women and gay people. 
You won't to erase Obama's campaigning or politics?. 
Approve the act, don't oppose it! That will teach him! 

rozb said...

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 did not provide for someone to be able to research and obtain the pay level information if a dispute is in process. The main reason why women make on average $.77 to every dollar a man makes is that employers have the ability to keep other workers' pay private, and seriously discourage revealing that information. Repercussions occur when someone finds out about serious pay inequity and have to tap dance with lame excuses. Until the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a person had 180 days to make a complaint, and even then, it took longer to find out about inequities. I don't know where you stand James, but when you attempt to legislate access to proper women's health independent of an employers religious beliefs causing damn near a hardship but then tell women in principle the EPA is enough, it is obvious we have a long way to go.

Guess what? The EPA did not prevent employers from paying men more for the same work. I was a victim of that, and I even trained the guy who made more than me for the same work, and less experience. It is not a game for me, or the households with women as the bread winners who cannot get a fair shake on pay and compensation.

The Gay vote? Just pandering? He backed it up with the removal of DADT, pulling support from DOMA, and finally admitting he had no problem with gay marriage.

It is pandering if it is all talk and handshakes with no substance. His actions are speaking louder than words. Why shouldn't he campaign on these successes and platforms? I would...

rozb said...

 BTW - and be totally honest here - what would you do if you found out that after you worked with me for six months that for the same work and experience I made substantially more than you, would you just suck it up? Or would you like an explanation from your employer without worrying that you could get fired or pushed out of your job? How about that statute of limitations saying you should have the information earlier?

rozb said...

Why would anybody vote for a party who actively tells you you and your kind have no value except to be an important part of the underclass? OH - unless you can clown and coon for a hot minute to show their benevolence and diversity because they let you in. I will forever vote Democrat because I think I will not see a Republican president who is an African American male or female in my lifetime. Allen West better look out while cooning...

rozb said...

You forgot the fear of our lady parts...va-jay-jays bad. Control by Republican men good....

James B. said...

don't get me wrong, i'm not championing the Repubs or throwing salt on the Dems. As stated below, I don't belong to either party.   I'm just saying it's months away from an election and all this legislation that panders to the demographic that will put the President over the top (i.e. women\gays) is being pushed with the quickness.  If one doesn't see the ulterior motive behind the timing of this, then I don't know what to tell ya. It's not being done to help you, it's being done to help him.  Keep your eyes open to the obvious is all i'm saying.

JojoRaze said...

 Yes, it's a political game. But the issue is real.  If you know it's a game, why not vote for something that's supposedly meaningless.  Why not vote for the idea that women should get equal pay?  Why go on record, without an alternative bill showing you also care about women getting equal pay?  And it isn't just this: It's the resistance against the re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act, the Blunt Amendment and co that shows the Repubulicans do not believe that women should be compensated for the same work as men or treated as equal members of society.  Also, after slamming the President for Hilary Rosen's comments, the Dems called the Republicans on their support for housewives by pushing forward a bill to make rearing their child solely count towards work requirements for women on welfare.  And then lo and behold you have Repubs saying that welfare mothers rearing their children is not "work" per se.

Sol_dier said...

You are being disingenuous, can you provide evidence that shows Obama has NOT put forward legislation to champion women's or gay rights?

You are either being willfully obtuse or you are simply being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.1) Again, we women are not stupid. We know what politics is. 2) You have been proven to be incorrect. There is blatant infallible evidence to show that Obama has been working since the beginning of his tenure for both women's rights and Gay rights.You even provided a quote to show the 1st official act Obama passed had to do with equal pay for women3) If helping someone helps me, then I'm helping them. Thats what grown ups do and thats life.4) If you want to nullify Obama 'helping himself' then the correct antidote would be to encourage his opponent to pass the legislation willingly & immediately. why u no talk about that homie?5) You are concern trolling. You have not yet said one word about the fact that the opposition have been fighting to undermine women and gay rights since Obama began to champion themYou have said nothing about what is self serving to the opposition and you have said nothing so far about the inequality of the situation.6) Politics is not altruistic. If you are just discovering that, then you are incredibly naive or incredibly idealistic.You seem to be upset, simply because YOU have decided (incorrectly, and contrary to available evidence) that Obama has only.

Only a foolish man can stare evidence in the face yet still deny it. 

It will befit you to take your own advice. Open your eyes to the blatant evidence infront of you.

Before you type, back your ish up. And when you've been shown evidence that your points are wrong, don't just spout the same ish, put your hands up and back ur self up. 
Be a thinking man, is what I'm telling ya (tongue in cheek)

Sol_dier said...

Dude is concern trolling. 
People who do this leave me confuzzled O_O. Like really. 

How you gonna come on a thread, claiming neutrality then go all out to villify someone who has a proven record on what you claim he hasn't done.

To top it off, you even provide a quote that shows that he has been doing what you said he is not doing.
It's the height of ignorance and foolishness. 

GrownAzzMan said...

If any politician failed to push issues in an election season that could help him or her win that would be malpractice. That has nothing to do with the millions of people who will benefit from the legislation and more that will be done in the second term. This is not about who acts the least political but who will do the most good for the country.

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