Thursday, June 07, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2082, June 7th, 2012

Money talks......bull**** walks! 


The 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. 


The 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.
Senator Bob Casey. 


Senator 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. 


The 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. 




This week on Saturday Night Live at the Oldies Shadoe Steele interviews Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers. Tune in this Saturday from 7pm until midnight on WILK AM & FM with ABC News on the top of the hour. 


This Week on Sunday Magazine. Brian Hughes speaks with Wilkes Barre pastors Shawn Walker and Michael Brewster who discuss their “Building Bridges” initiative to help make Wilkes Barre a safer place for children, teens and adults in the wake of the shooting death of a 14 year old boy. And Brian speaks with Chiropractor Joe Leonardi, who discusses the epidemic of obesity in America, as well as the HBO mini series “Weight of a Nation” and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s goal to purge super sized soft drinks from the Big Apple. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:30am on Magic 93, and 7am on WARM 590 AM.  


School is out for the summer and kids will find a lot of exciting activities waiting for them over the next few months at the Libraries in Lackawanna County!  ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome Laureen Maloney from the Children's Library to discuss those programs on the show during the week of June 11th. ECTV Live can beseen on Comcast Ch19 weekdays at Noon and Midnight with selected showings at 6pm during the week. 


Former Governor Ed Rendell will sit down with the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) to discuss his newly-released book, “A Nation of Wusses” during a special edition of “PA Books.” The program featuring the former governor is slated to air statewide on Tuesday, June 12 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Following the conclusion of this program, viewers will be given the chance to share their comments and questions with the former governor and author during a special LIVE PCN Call-In program at 9:00 p.m. “A Nation of Wusses” is now a new memoir penned by Rendell, but the phrase itself made national news after Rendell coined it when expressing his feelings after the NFL postponement of an Eagles game based on the threat of a snowstorm. Today Rendell uses “a nation of wusses” to describe how the nation’s leaders have lost their guts and the ability to face serious issues head-on. The former governor will share his thoughts during a candid one-on-one interview about his new book on this special “PA Books” episode. The hour-long LIVE PCN Call-In program which will follow the “PA Books” special will give viewers an opportunity to talk directly to Rendell by dialing toll-free at 1-877-PA6-5001. Comments and questions can also be directed to PCN’s Twitter account, @pcntv. “PA Books” airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. with weekday airings at 8:00 a.m. The interactive, LIVE PCN Call-In program is seen Monday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
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Mass murderer Richard Speck is sentenced to death in the electric chair for killing eight student nurses in Chicago. Speck died in 1991 Joliet Prison serving life......Six-Day War: Israel occupies the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai peninsula and Golan Heights after defeating its Arab neighbours......East African Community (EAC) established...Two Moby Grape members are arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors.......  

Six-Day War – USS Liberty incident: Israeli fighter jets and Israeli warships fire at the USS Liberty off Gaza, killing 34 and wounding 171......Israel and Syria agree to a United Nations-mediated cease-fire..........The Soviet Union severs diplomatic relations with Israel.....In Pennsylvania, Senator Hugh Scott heartily endorses the support of the U.S. for Israel’s participation in the war against Egypt. Both he and Senator Clark give speeches on the floor of the Senate when the conflict broke out…….in Luzerne County, delicate negotiations begin with the party chieftains and primary Judicial candidates Peter Paul Olszweski Senior and Bernard Podcasy Senior. The Democrats originally endorsed Podcasy, then switched their support to Olszweski to be the running mate of Ralph Johnston. Podcasy came very close in the primary to staging an upset and the Democrats wanted to secure some unity before they had to take on District Attorney Tom Mack and Robert Hourigan in the general election….and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane. 


This week, the last original member of the Platters passed away at the age of 83. Herb Reed sang bass on the Platters’ last top ten hit which coincidentally happened in 1967. The late Herb Reed and the Platters singing “With This Ring”.  Wikipedia and LuLac.


At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000)."

Why does the White House not take care of this in an area in which it has 100% control?

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, there was discontent in WI and it showed with the win of Gov Scott Walker. I think the problem was more of money than discontent among the people with public unions. Let's keep in mind that Walker was the lucky candidate of the donors such as the Koch brothers. Walker received 30 million dollars from outside donors while the Democrat received just under 4 million. In politics, money does talk. You can tell the biggest lie or simply be honest and with enough money, your message gets out. Now add to that, media such as yourself who constantly beats up public unions and public employees. It reminds me of a story I was told about crabs. I can't say that this is the truth but it is a great story. When a group of crabs are in a pot and one tries to climb out, the others pull it back in. Just like the crabs, you and the others who stir the political pot would rather see public employees fall to the level of the unemployed rather than to be in a position to earn a descent living and enjoy decent benefits. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely but it seems the public which you stir are not interested in a compromise with public employees, they want them out of work and begging from crumbs. Why not put as much effort into raising the other rather than lowering the semi successful? Talk about class warfare! I think you and the others are wrong and you play right into the hands of the Karl Roves and as Scott Walker said in a taped conversation, "We plan to divide and conquer." Your in his plan my friend, you just don't realize it. You are the laborer and Karl Rove is the architect. They cause us to believe that 51% of Americans do not pay taxes. Of course, they never mention that of those 51%, some are military, disabled, seniors, children, etc. Remove that group from the 51% and what's left? Rove is clever and they have the money to form public opinion and right now the public seem to want the few with good jobs and benefits to be among those who have much less. Kinda reminds me of years ago when teachers missed paydays and worked for meager wagers while some had good jobs on the Rail Road and the utility companies. The class warfare as designed by the Republican wealthy is to get what's left of the working middle class to defend themselves by the out of work middle class. God are we stupid!

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK if this equal pay thing was so important then why wasn't it passed when the Dems had both houses?
Equal pay across the board is bull$&@/ . Anyone in the workplace for more than 15 years realizes that there is no gender equality.
We have enough regulations that provide for discrimination redress. Let's face it Yonk a call center, law firm, physician's PA payscale is far different than the construction industry payscale.
Women are different (thankfully) but I want a male cop or firefighter, or paramedic because I've experienced both genders and the males were just flat out better.

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your music selections on the Thursday editions. I wish there was a way for you to bring LuLac to the TV screen!

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something to consider:

"The defeat last week of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate, where it got no Republican support, cannot fairly be called an attack on women or even a missed opportunity to give everyone equal pay for equal work.

Democrats are saying those things, but even if the bill had passed and helped make some pay more equal, there would have been no fairness because there was no guarantee of equal work.

Penalties against employers would have been unlimited, which would be a strong incentive to flatten pay scales and stop trying to reward high performance. It would also have been an incentive for lawyers to sue and think up innovate ways to interpret the open-ended legislation.

Workers already have significant protection under the 1963 Equal Pay Act, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and, more recently, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

Despite those laws, men do earn more than women, on average. But when allowances are made for education, training, type of occupation chosen, uninterrupted years on the job and hours worked, the pay gap is cut to a few percentage points.

Some supported the Lilly Ledbetter law, named for a woman who discovered that for years she had been getting 40 percent less than men for similar work in an Alabama plant. The federal courts decided she could make a claim only within six months of the employer's decision to discriminate. The change in the law correctly eliminated that tight deadline.

The latest attempt to mandate more equal paychecks is something else entirely. Employers would have had to prove any pay differences were a necessary part of their business. Employees could have challenged the pay system and offered other ways to accomplish the same business goal.

The law seemed less about improving the workplace than in forcing Republicans to vote against "fairness." The proposal split the Senate along party lines.

The Heritage Foundation shows how the law might have come into play with potentially unfair results.

A company employing a man with 10 years experience and a woman newly hired could get in legal trouble for paying the man more. She could demand intensive training to make up for her lack of experience. If the employer wouldn't agree, she could sue.

In another case, an employee who works harder and better than his workmates could trigger a lawsuit if he is rewarded for the extra effort and skill. "A female colleague could argue that performance pay was not a business necessity — unionized employers typically do not pay more productive employees higher wages. If the business refused to pay everyone with the same job title the same amount, she could file a lawsuit."

Women suing under the new law would not have to prove sexual discrimination to win. Courts would be forced to decide which businesses were allowed to reward top performance and which were not.

This is much more than Lilly Ledbetter rightly demanded. It could change pay systems and reduce productivity in ways hard to predict. Workers of both genders are better off without the Paycheck Fairness Act."


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