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Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Vote Fails In Senate: The Case For More And Better Democrats

[I’m making a plea today on behalf of more and better Democrats: we need more of them in office shaping the policies and actions of the Democratic party. Let’s call this another $10 day — pick a Blue America candidate of your choice and make a donation. Call up their election HQ and volunteer to make calls or stuff envelopes or knock on doors. Do something to help get better people into office in November. And do it today! — CHS]

Sometimes, you are so angry that you need to just let someone else do the talking:

"Every paycheck, I got less than what I was entitled to under the law. The Supreme Court said that it didn’t count as illegal discrimination. But it sure feels like discrimination when you’re on the receiving end of a smaller paycheck and you’re trying to support your family with less money than what the men are getting for doing the same job.

According to the Supreme Court, if you don’t figure things out right away, the company can treat you like a second class citizen for the rest of your career. And that’s not right. The truth is, Goodyear continues to treat me like a second class worker to this day, because my pension and my social security is based on the amount I earned while working there. Goodyear gets to keep my extra pension as a reward for breaking the law."

— Lilly Ledbetter’s testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor, 6/14/07 (YouTube at left)

Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate blocked cloture on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because the Republican party’s false, obstructionist tactics prevented the vote from going forward in a filibuster in support of corporate discrimination and crime.

At a time when women are being hit hard — especially single parent moms trying to earn a living for their families and pay the bills and feed them — now having to wonder if their bosses can get away with paying them less just because they are female? That is unacceptable. And this doesn’t just affect women, the Ledbetter case has been applied to arguments on discriminatory practices across the board, helping corporations end run the fairness protections written into law in the 1960s and beyond.

For shame.

The Ledbetter Act will come up for another vote — Democratic leadership has already said they will bring this up again. In the meantime, take a peek at all the "NO" votes from the GOP on the roll call list, and contemplate giving them a call to tell them how ashamed you are of their failure to stand up for working people in this country. And while you are at it, do like dmac did today calling in to local talk radio, and let your friends and neighbors know about this, too.

If ever there were a case for more and better Democrats being elected into office, this is it. Shame on them. Shame on John McCain for not even bothering to show up to vote, but saying all women need is more education — because that’s going to stop employers from cheating them out of their rightful pay for doing the same damn job as men how, exactly?!? Jeebus, pops, try leaving more than a quarter as a tip, why don’t you, because in case you haven’t noticed, you ain’t exactly buttering your own bread.

Shame especially on Mitch McConnell for lying outright about the bill.

(FYI, the Reid "no" vote was a procedural switch at the end to allow him to bring the bill up later.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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