Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Cat Blogging: Digusted By The News

Time for another Friday guest cat pic, this time from my long-time poster Jon. His own title for the pic, "Oliver disgusted after reading the news."

I'm also pretty digusted by the news this week. Senate Republicans managed to block any voting on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that would restore the right to sue for pay discrimination (without getting technical, the Supreme Court has set up a standard that is impossible to reach. So no woman who is actually discriminated against can get relief).

Six Republicans joined the Democrats but I can't wrap my head around the others' thinking on this. Do Republicans really just not care? Do they think "well sure some women get screwed over but if we allowed them to sue for discrimination the U.S. economy would be hurt. Therefore some women just have to take one for the team." ("the team" being U.S. profits).

There were some objections to the bill based on some provisions...okay, but in the two years since the Supreme Court case its not like the Republicans have sponsored even a competing bill. So again, they agree its a problem, but object to how this bill is written and then not once made fixing the problem their issue. The Republican position is "we agree pay discrimination against women is a problem...we simply don't care if it fixed." Oh yeah, and McCain finally came out against it. Women need more training, not protection from assholes who think it's okay to pay them less because they are women.


Anonymous said...

You really need to try to look at this issue in a less myopic way. I work in EEO and I can tell you that this bill would be a nightmare, not just for businesses and the EEOC, but for those individuals with legitimate complaints of discrimination. This law would gum up the works so badly, it would be impossible to provide justice for people who really were treated in a disparate manner.

Jim in Cleveland

seattlegal said...

I don't have anything to say on the bill at the moment. I just wanted to say, not that it really matters, is that I thought of that caption for Oliver's picture. :-D

Anonymous said...

It is true, MyBetterHalf thinks up the great captions on our photos.