Sorry I’ve been missing in action, but things are hectic right now.
Anyhoo, the Senate recently failed to pass legislation that would have built on the foundation established by the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. For some reason, Republican members of the Senate think that the path to small business success is paved with the unpaid wages of working women.
Apparently, Missouri's GOP Senate hopefuls feel the same way. Congressman Akin, John Brunner, and Sarah Steelman all spoke out before the bill stating their dislike.
Akin and Brunner’s willingness to cede the rights of working women is bad enough, but I’m gonna focus on Steelman for a special correction because Sarah Steelman’s politician self has always benefited from the protections she just said she didn’t think American women deserve.
Think about it.
As a politician women get fair pay. As things currently stand, Steelman doesn’t stand a chance in hell of winning the MO Senate seat…but if she did, her wretched ass would enjoy the privilege of getting paid the same as other Senators.
Senators also get that fantabulous to die for government healthcare that Steelman thinks will ruin we the people should we ever get a taste of it…but we’re talking fair pay here.
And I can’t help pondering if Sarah Steelman would be willing to put her money where her policies are.
I want Sarah to pledge that, should she be elected, she’ll put her salary to a vote of the people.
Missourians would be able to vote on what we think she should be paid. The options would be equal to our other Senator, Roy Blunt…or 25 percent less than Senator Blunt.
If she takes that pledge then she’s still an asshole…but at least she’d finally be an asshole willing to endure what she would so casually deal out.
So, Sarah...whatcha think? If 25 percent less for the same work isn't a big deal and is good for business, why not lead by example in the Senate?
Brilliant! I hope you don't mind if I use this "talking point" all over the place because that just nails it: if you think 77% is OK, then that's the portion you'll be paid. I've missed you, thanks for your always thoughtful posts.
I'm honored, Regina - feel free to use it as much as you need to! Maybe Steelman will take the pledge or back off of her ridiculous claim that women being paid less for the same work isn't a problem. Ugh!
That particular cognitive split has been bugging me for a long time now.
See also Serena Joy in The Handmaid's Tale and the Log Cabin Republicans.
I don't know how those people sleep at night.
Wonderful...we should hold all the naysayers to this pledge.
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