Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Against Obama

This week the Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act.  What we know is that EVERY Senate Republican voted against it.  Gee whiz, that's bi-partisanism at its best!  From The Huffington Post,

The Senate failed to secure the 60 votes needed to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have required employers to demonstrate that any salary differences between men and women doing the same work are not gender-related. The bill also would have prohibited employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers, and would have required the Labor Department to increase its outreach to employers to help eliminate pay disparities.
The final vote was 52-47, with all Republicans opposing the bill. That included female Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (Maine).

President Obama said it was "incredibly disappointing" that Republicans would block a bill that would provide equal pay for women.  What he should have said is that it's "incredibly disappointing" that all the Republicans have on their agenda is not to give up anything that would appear in some way to support the President.  In the last six months of Obama's first term in office, it is apparent that Congress has become so politicized that they cannot even represent their constituencies.  Are you seriously suggesting to me that ALL the women from Maine who Collins and Snowe represent would have wanted this vote blocked?  I grew up in Maine and I can assure you there are many, many, many women who would appreciate a little government regulation in the equal pay department.  

For me this is just another example of a politics run amok.  How are we to vote with our conscience if it is clear that our Senators are voting for or against bills just to "give it to the President."  This type of behavior gets me thinking about revolution and resistance and opposition.  Maybe its time we Occupy the Senate.  If your Senator was one of those who voted against women, please share your concern with them.  Hold their feet to the fire.  And let them know you won't be checking a box next to their name in November if they keep dismissing the needs of their constituents.   

The war against women is really a war against Obama.  But for me, throwing women out the window in order to defeat Obama is a pretty shitty strategy.   

1 comment:

JP Burke said...

As Steny Hoyer quoted Jesse Jackson's boat metaphor, that the Republicans would like to sink America just to drown its captain. It's not as though this is a surprise, since from day 1 we heard mouthpieces of the right say they did not want to see the president succeed.

It is unfortunate, though not surprising, that Republican efforts to stymie progress are affecting historically vulnerable populations. More needs to be made of this, I think.