Vote Republican If You Want Equal Pay

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    Vote Republican If You Want Equal Pay - WSJ.com

    Sen. Obama says that he wants equal pay for women. If the historical record is any guide, the best way to achieve this is to work for a labor market that creates opportunities for women like it did during the Reagan and the Bush years. At the Reagan-Bush years' pace, the gender wage gap in 2016 would be down to about 12%. At the Carter-Clinton years' pace, women will not see new opportunities, and the gender pay gap will be essentially where it is today.
     
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    I think perhaps you need to recheck your history:



    http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/06pdf/05-1074.pdf
     
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    This doesn't refute what was stated. As a lawyer, you should know that one court case doesn't translate into a generalization.
     
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    Awww, did I wake you up from your afternoon nap. You can go back to sleep. I'll wake you up after the election...
     
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    Actually, it does because that case is representative of the judicial philosophy of the Bush/McCain judges. And the ruling sets precedent for every other federal court in the country.

    The "free market", which doesn't actually exist at all, does not assure equal pay.
     
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    Vote republican if you want to continue subsidizing the ultra rich and the corporations.

    Why isn't distributing the wealth upward socialism?
     
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    Equal pay? Isn't that communism?

    And what happened to the GOP position that the president doesn't do much? If anything happened during the Clinton years, wouldn't you blame Newt and the GOP Congress?

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    oddly enough mccain is against equal pay for women doing the same jobs..he said....that women need more education to get equal pay ...he ignored the fact these women were already doing the same job...that dog wont hunt here in nc...we know which party is keeping women down..the same party that thinks winky is a vivable candidate.

    pissed over that....you bethca'
     
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    John McCain claimed today that he is determined to ensure "equal pay for equal work." But women's groups were quick to point out that the presumptive Republican nominee has announced his opposition to the
    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which seeks to do exactly that. The Arizona senator believes that the measure would "only serve to fatten the pockets of trial lawyers."

    The Facts
    Lilly Ledbetter was a Goodyear Tire employee who sued the company in 1998 after finding out that she was earning 40 percent less than male co-workers employed to do similar jobs. A federal judge in Birmingham, Ala, awarded her $360,000 in back pay, but the verdict was overturned on appeal. In May 2007, the Supreme Court ruled against Ledbetter in a 5-4 verdict. The justices ruled that employees who believe they have been discriminated against must file a complaint within 180 days with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    The Ledbetter bill, which passed the House last year and is now languishing before the Senate, removes the 180-day deadline. Supporters of the bill claim that it is usually impractical to file a complaint within 180 days as most companies are very secretive about salary data, and it can take years to establish a pattern of discrimination.

    Back in April, McCain told reporters that he was "all in favor of equal pay" for women, but that there were better ways to help women find higher paying jobs. "They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households," he explained.

    Asked to provide support for the senator's claim that he is committed to ensuring "equal pay for equal work," the McCain campaign cited several pieces of legislation that he has supported including the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1989, which prohibits discrimination against older workers, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. However, none of these measures directly addresses the Ledbetter situation.

    McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said that the Ledbetter would "flood our already over-burdened court system and burden employers, who will have no choice but to charge consumers more for goods and services in order to pay for the swarm of new lawsuits that will only serve to fatten the pockets of trial lawyers."

    The Pinocchio Test
    The presumptive Republican nominee for president says that he is in favor of equal pay for equal work, but has yet to propose legislation that would achieve that goal. To oppose the Ledbetter act on the grounds that it will lead to a "swarm of new lawsuits," is fair enough, but John McCain has not proposed a realistic alternative.

    McCain on equal pay - Fact Checker
     

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