Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The War They Can't Spin

Here we are again. It's on its way back to the floor. It should receive a vote soon... But why can't it pass?

Of course, we're talking about the Paycheck Fairness Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) has scheduled a vote this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow. But once again, Senate Republicans look set to filibuster this bill to death.

Why? Republicans claim it's some "job killing regulation". Never mind that it actually ensures women are fairly paid for the work they do. And never mind that our entire economy benefits when women are ensured their fair share. They have their talking points down, and they're out to take them for a spin on national media.

What they fail to recognize is that no talking points can spin away the truth. They can make as many desperate excuses as they want, but they can't change HERstory.

Women are still earning less than men (as in 18-23% less on average) for doing the same work. And since mothers are the sole or primary breadwinners in at least 40% of American households, this is hurting a whole lot of American families. And yet, the "family values party" won't value at least 40% of American families?

Oh, and we're still supposed to believe there's no G-O-TEA War on Women? Even though this is how they're "celebrating" Equal Pay Day? And this is what they think of their Democratic women colleagues on Capitol Hill?

Try as they might, G-O-TEA politicians can't spin us away from their War on Women. If they want us to believe they're not opposed to equal pay for equal work, then they should drop their opposition to legislation to guarantee just that.

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