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MON JUN 25, 2012 AT 10:22 AM PDT
Rush Limbaugh Off Air in Philadelphia
Of course it is all about money and proof that the boycott worked.
The Daily GOP Ignominious: Yet another example of Right-Wing disrespect against President Obama! (VIDEO)In 10 Points of GOP Life, Fox News, The Daily Caller, The Rights Principles on June 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM
|Hand in pockets, no notepad, no camera, no tape device….really Daily caller. now really?|
The backdrop and stage….
The Rose Garden of the White House
The beautiful chirps of birds in the background
A warming sun
A great audience
….And the Band Plays On…..
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is again attacking the rights of working people. His latest foray into human deprivation strikes women and minorities while also impacting older white males.
Lilly Ledbetter was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. For most of those years, she worked as an area manager, a position largely occupied by men. Initially, Ledbetter’s salary was in line with the salaries of men performing substantially similar work. Over time, however, her pay slipped in comparison to the pay of male area managers with equal or less seniority. By the end of 1997, Ledbetter was the only woman working as an area manager and the pay discrepancy between Ledbetter and her 15 male counterparts was stark: Ledbetter was paid $3,727 per month; the lowest paid male area manager received $4,286 per month, the highest paid, $5,236. This pay disparity led to further inequity in her “overtime pay, contributory retirement, 401(k), and social security.” 
Catalyst released some interesting statistics about women in business in the United States this month. Check out some of the information available in the Catalyst U.S. Women in Business report:
Here are some statistics from the Catalyst Women CEOs of the Fortune 1000 report:
Looks like the business world has a long way to go to reach anything close to equality in leadership. Your thoughts?
This year, there were 98 female CEOs of 3,049 publicly traded companies analyzed by research company GMI. That represents 3.2% of the total company CEOs and is just slightly above the 3.1% from last year and 2.9% from 2009.
Female CEOs represent just about 3% of Fortune 500 company heads.
In 2009, women held 15.2% of Fortune 500 board seats, according to women’s issues research group Catalyst. In both 2009 and 2010, 12% of Fortune 500 companies had no women serving on their boards.
Two sources of data reflecting Women CEOs occupy less than 5% of all CEOs. Is it a leap to estimate the African-Americans occupy an equal or probably smaller number? Although the sources above are careful not to lay the basis of their screeds on discrimination against women, I have far less reticence. If women occupy close to 50% of the workforce with the number of women CEOs showing less than five percent, the data can be viewed in not other way.
Now, let’s move back to Pay equity.
President Obama made the issue a first step in his administration for a few reasons. Fairness was a catalyst foundation and other reason may have developed from that point. If we contrast our president’s first official act post inauguration with the central issue of this screed the void is deep and it cannot be simply breached by words or rhetoric.
Curtain up on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s latest attack on working people; in this case specifically women and minorities. Over the past few weeks MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has reported on Governor Scott Walkers repeal of the Wisconsin Fair Pay Act. Today’s addition of the Maddow BLOG includes another detailed piece from the very talented Steve Benen.: GOP explains opposition to fair pay laws.
Last week, Pete Hoekstra, the Republicans’ U.S. Senate hopeful in Michigan, called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay law “a nuisance” that should be stripped from the books. This week in New Hampshire, state Republican Party Executive Director Tory Mazzola, a top Romney campaign, said the law is little more than “a handout to trial lawyers.”
Other surrogates for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, rushed out to defend Mitt Romney’s record on women’s issues, despite their opposition to the Ledbetter law.
And then there’s Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who quietly repealed a state version of the Fair Pay law two weeks ago, and explained his reasoning yesterday.
Walker defended the repeal in an interview Tuesday with WLUK-TV, saying the Equal Pay Enforcement Act had essentially been nothing but a boon for trial lawyers. His comments came on Equal Pay Day 2012, the day when a typical woman’s earnings catch the pay of male counterparts in 2011.
“In the past, lawyers could clog up the legal system,” Walker said. “Instead, the state Department of Workforce Development gets to be the one that ultimately can put people back and give them up to two years back pay if there is reason to believe there was pay discrimination in the workforce.”
So, Walker has decided to take the power out of the hands of women and their legal representatives, and instead put the power in the hands of … the Walker administration.
There are times when one has to ask..”If you think…..?”
He wanted to throw-out, with much glee, the name Rick Santorum as his parties new ‘darling’. I took it easy on his easily defeated, and very shallow perspectives, on American politics. As a matter of reminder, this gentleman has come to my office on at least four occasions to smile about his ‘email’ consensus ‘darling’.
His visit remarkably resembled the following form Clear Politics: A front runner chart.
First, early on, Herman Cain!. Now, we both knew (deep down) that the GOP was never going to have Herman Cain at the top of the GOP ticket in 2012. Let’s not go there. I entertained his smiling face for a moment and eventually told him about my perceptions of the minstrel Cain.
Next he came by with a very coy and no named prospect. “..what the nation needs is a business man”. I recognized he remark as CODE for Romney. He never mentioend Romney by name; a telling such of behavior.
A few weeks later he came running with a huge Smile and beamed about Rick Perry. We debated for a time only to agree that Perry did not have the mental aptitude nor the basic common sense to aspire to the presidency. I, in fact, declared he was a white knight (not a racial reference but a reference) and predicted he would fail. It only took three debates to quiet the smiling and beaming office republican. I will admit to rubbing his face a bit with the Perry families; “NIGGERHEAD” ranch entrance sign. Well, it was factual!
Next, he came visiting with smile about Gingrich. Two minutes into a discussion of Gingrich Congressional past, scandals, and his use of the race card (food stamp president, and the ‘janitor’ thing), he left the office with tail under butt.
We are now up to date, full circle with his visit of last week.
On Prenatal Care
2012 – Rick Santorum Embarrasses Himself On CNN… by Young_Turks1
I have to assume Santorum is not ignorant. I know he uses language and words to play to specific audiences and I know he lies to save face. His remarks about not wanting to take money from people and give it to ‘black people’ was evidence enough of his mindset and his sleazy character. ”BLAH people?” I find it most interesting that he is now the leading candidate for the GOP nomintion in 2012.
My resident Republican. Well, he reminds me of the following linked graphic.
GALLUP DAILY: GOP Ballot Tracking, Among Republican Registered Voters
The poor man has worn a path to my office door that very much resembles the ups and downs-longitude and latitude of the graph.
So, by chance do you think America has moved from its pre-civil war days. Of course, the official end of slavery and Lincoln’s forced preservation of the Union are irrefutable outcomes. If you think a bit deeper at our political landscape, clear images develop. People sometimes chide me about throwing a blanket indictment against the GOP. Why?
* The GOP’s basic nature of serious aversion to change (the bottom-line definition of conservative)* Policies which seem to show little empathy for people who have been deprived, or never given an opportunity for the full American experiences. For those assume I am speaking of African-Americans ONLY, think again. The GOP his little empathy for the poor, children in need of sustenance, and seemingly less than previous acknowledge caring for women in aggregate.* The obvious ‘southern-strategy’ the party has deployed since back through Richard Nixon. Wikipedia ”Southern Strategy‘* Clear use of policy, political mantra and obvious pandering to southern states; many of which did not instantly give-up their life-styles after the Civil War.
Apparently, there are brilliant people who monitor and study the GOP’s political base. If Newt Gingrich’s ’food stamp’ president garbage is not enough of a testimonial, look at the illustration below.
* Green (Free States and Territories) Red: GOP Base and Southern Strategy
* Red (Slave States) Florida, N Carolina, Virginia
* Light Brown (Open to Slavery) (Uncommon wins for the DEMS)
So, how far has the GOP moved from ante-bellum America? The illustration above, speaks volumes.