The LuLac Edition #2082, June 7th, 2012
EQUAL PAY NO WAYThe GOP in the House has refused to pass an equal pay bill for women. The reasoning? It would put too much of a strain on business. It is evident that once again the national GOP makes it clear that they are the party of business and not of people. Women in the workforce make 76% less than men. That means those women with children, some single moms are giving their children 24% less than a male employee. So in effect, the GOP Congress is taking food out of the mouths of children. It kills me that these are the same people that scream about the sanctity of human life, as long as it’s growing in the woman’sa womb. But once outside kiddo, you’re on your own. THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN WAY. They are for business. They aren’t for people. The significant thing about this legislation that has been blocked is that there was no GOP news conference. No chest thumping. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell the Minority Leader did not make a response to the Majority Leader. When you do something shameful, you tend to slink away and hide. A lot like cowards. Please remember that the next time you hear a Republican blowhard talk about how are freedoms are being taken away. The GOP has taken away freedom of choice by blocking equal pay for women, let them make do with their 76% less than a man. And screw the kids who might benefit from that little bit of money.
WHAT WISCONSIN PROVESThe recall win by Republican Governor Scott Walker proves one thing. You can’t beat a unified Republican party with just one segment of the Democratic party power structure. The recall happened because public sector unions in Wisconsin cried foul when the abrasive Walker did what he said he was going to do. Most people who came out for the recall felt that a Governor had to be deposed with cause. The voters obviously thought that the Democrats and the unions did not make the case. Public sector unions are losing the support of the regular working person. In Wisconsin and even here in LuLac land, they are becoming a separate class of the privileged and connected while the majority of workers derive their benefits from either themselves (by paying into it) or the company they work for. It has become the norm for people to say that most unions to protect the safety of employees in private industry might not be a bad thing. Conversely, public sector unions are losing favor because they are taxpayer supported. In Wisconsin, the taxpayers agreed with Walker. They don’t want to pay anymore for public service union contracts. You can call it envy but that’s a fact. Another thing the Wisconsin vote proved is that unions are losing their political power and their juice. It might be wise for some Democrat to realize that maybe they can win an election without the union label. I mean where they going to go? But that would take a Democratic with guts.
THE QUIET MANSenator Bob Casey is being regarded as the Quiet Man as he embarks on a fight for a second term. If you take a look at how Casey began, as the darling of the Senate Democrats and bolstered by his early endorsement of Barack Obama, you’d think he’d had more of a profile. Instead Casey seems to be working the state a lot like Arlen Specter did visiting various counties and honing in on local issues. By comparison, Pat Toomey has seemed to develop a national following appearing on Cable News shows, being named to the Debt Reduction Committee and popping up as a Senator looking to pair down the budget. Different strokes for different folks you might say.
SUMMERTIME DOLDRUMSThe period between Memorial Day and Labor Day are reserved for the summer lull of politics. It is during this time that events are held to create cheer and goodwill. In the old days, committee members would enjoy a beer and a few clams and get their marching orders from the party leaders. In a Presidential Election year, you used to see the buzz around the nominating conventions but these days they are being moved closer to Labor Day. While politics is still front and center for the diehards, the general public puts it on the back burner. It is the summer calm before the electoral storm.
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