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WP: Dems Want Paycheck Fairness Act To Fail

From a surprisingly honest Washington Post:

Paycheck Fairness Act expected to fail

By Ed O’Keefe, Published: June 4, 2012

Democrats will bring to the Senate floor on Tuesday the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that is supposed to help close the wage gap between men and women.

The measure will fail, as intended, because at its core it is not so much a legislative vehicle as a political one intended to embarrass Republicans and help President Obama and congressional Democrats with female voters in November.

This is a pretty surprising admission from the Democrats’ in-house publication, the Washington Post.

The bill, which needs 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles, faces almost certain defeat because most Republicans plan to vote against it. But Obama and Senate Democrats are hoping those votes will give them the opportunity to paint congressional Republicans as hostile to women’s interests.

By the way, as we have previously noted, the Obama White House pays women staffers 18% less than it pays its male staffers.

And, as we also have noted, the Democrat caucus in the US Senate pay women about 12% less than they pay men. And some champions on this issue, like Diane Feinstein, pay women less than men by a whopping 41%.

But, as we have noted before, if it weren’t for double standards, Democrats wouldn’t have any standards at all.

The strategy is part of an increasingly common practice in Congress of moving legislation aimed solely at producing political results. For House Republicans, the strategy means votes to roll back parts of the Obama 2010 health-care reform bill or votes to highlight rising gasoline prices.

In the Senate, Democrats believe a sustained focus on women’s issues should help them maintain a slim majority after the November elections.

The Democratic strategy may be working: A CNN-ORC poll released last week found that voters are generally split on whether to support Democratic or Republican congressional candidates. Among women, the gap is wider: Fifty percent of female respondents said they plan to back Democratic congressional candidates, an eight-point lead over the GOP.

The paycheck bill would bar companies from retaliating against workers who inquire about pay disparities and permit employees to sue for punitive damages if they find evidence of broad differences in compensation between male and female workers. Democrats say the measure would bolster reforms enacted with the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter pay law that expanded the statute of limitations for filing equal-pay lawsuits.

In a hastily arranged phone call Monday with what the White House described as “stakeholders” on the pay issue, Obama said: “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.”

The bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), cited Census Bureau statistics that show that women on average earn about 77 cents for every dollar, up from 63 cents to the dollar in 1963.

This is a myth that has been debunked countless times.

Several business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and associations representing bankers, construction firms and retailers, issued a statement opposing the legislation, saying it would result in “unprecedented government control over how employees are paid at even the nation’s smallest employers.” …

A number of people, and certainly most ‘journalists’ seem to be blissfully unaware that there are already a number of laws in place which prohibit pay disparities based on gender.

To name just a few, there is the ‘Fair Labor Standards Act 1938,’ which was drafted by then Senator Hugo Black. Then there is the ‘Equal Pay Act of 1963,’ which was signed into law by John Kennedy as part of his ‘New Frontier’ program. And there is even the ‘Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009,’ which was signed into law by Obama himself, on January 29, 2009.

So exactly what is the point of another piece of legislation? That is a rhetorical question, of course. Obama and the rest of the Democrats and their news media are hoping the average voter is too dumb to know that this so-called problem has already been addressed numerous times.

So they keep going to the well again and again.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “WP: Dems Want Paycheck Fairness Act To Fail”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Everywhere I’ve ever worked, where women did the same job and held the same longevity as me, got paid the same as me. That includes the military, the various jobs I had in retail, a law firm, and what I do now.

    I have never seen pay discrimination of any kind. Not on gender, race or otherwise, ever.

    I must conclude, therefore, that this “article” is based pretty much on BS, as most of the MSM’s info is these days. Intended to get the emotions stirred up. Well, I guess I’m getting to be a crotchety old guy now because, I just don’t care.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Was that a pun? “…evidence of broad differences…” I think the
    Repubs should pass this and then make the Dems live with it. As
    Kipling wrote, “Make him take her and keep her, it’s hell for them both!”

  3. Frank says:

    “…certainly most ‘journalists’ seem to be blissfully aware…”

    Good post Steve, but didn’t you mean “blissfully unaware”?

  4. JohnMG says:

    Nice picture of Fein-ken-stein, by the way. We could reduce the incidence of road-kill along the nations highways if we’d just erect this picture along the roadways at regular intervals. Of course traffic fatalities might increase, but if you’re going to make an omelet………..

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