Thursday, January 29, 2009

Green Ledbetter

And they called and I said that I want what I said and then I call out again...

Meet Lilly Ledbetter. She called for justice. Today she got it with President Obama signing his first bill into law approving equal pay legislation.

I know this is gonna get me some Kool-Aid remarks, but I'm sorry...this guy may be one of the shrewdest Presidents we have had in a long time. All of his acts so far seem to be wonderfully calculated to hit on what he promised during the campaign and how he wants to set up his agenda.

Torture? He's defined it and ordered we don't do it. Plus ordered Gitmo closed.

Environment? Give the Govunator the right to make stricter emissions.

Arab relations? Give an Arab television network the first interview.

Go to Capital Hill so that it shows you're not too big to work with Congress, while making any who oppose you in Congress seem small and petty? Check.

Throw a big bone to pissed off Hillary supporters? This Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I heard Frank Lutz on NPR this morning saying he tested every single ad from this election, and the Ledbetter ad Obama ran was the single most effective "negative" ad. It was considered negative, because it had Ledbetter telling her story and then explaining that John McCain had voted against the bill explaining that women just needed more education or something like that.

Now 70, Ms. Ledbetter discovered when she was nearing retirement that her male
colleagues were earning much more than she was. A jury found her employer, the
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant in Gadsden, Ala., guilty of pay
discrimination. But in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the case,
ruling that she should have filed her suit within 180 days of the date that
Goodyear first paid her less than her peers.

This is one of the few times in recent years when Congress has come out after a particular Supreme Court decision and pimp slapped the Court back to reality. (And yes...I just used the term pimp slap in a post on pay equality). It's horseshit to say her statute ran from the day Goodyear first paid her less, instead of when she actually discovered it. According to Ledbetter, someone eventually left an anonymous note in her mailbox and she brought a claim within a few days. Congress tried to act right away, but guess who blocked them? The Compassionate Conservative himself.

“Goodyear will never have to pay me what it cheated me out of,” she said. “In fact, I will never see a cent. But with the president’s signature today I have an even richer reward.” If you're wondering, the Federal jury gave Ledbetter an award of more than $3 million, which John Roberts and company denied her.


Cheesefrog said...

"Torture? He's defined it and ordered we don't do it. Plus ordered Gitmo closed."

Great! Now all those guys can go join their other ex-detainees with their merry bombing and killing!

"Environment? Give the Govunator the right to make stricter emissions."

Which will result in higher manufacturing costs for an industry already in financial trouble!

"Arab relations? Give an Arab television network the first interview."

Where he pretty much said everything Bush has previously said in interviews with Al-Arabiya, except for the part where he practically apologizes for us responding to being attacked by Muslim extremists. But hey, at least it's okay to use his middle name now, so we’ve got that going for us.

“Go to Capital Hill so that it shows you're not too big to work with Congress, while making any who oppose you in Congress seem small and petty? Check.”

Yeah, telling the GOP guys that you want their opinion while actually dismissing any of their ideas sure was a wonderful display of post-partisan politics. And telling them what radio programs they shouldn’t listen to? That would have been brilliant if only for that pesk First Amendment!

I’ve got some more for your list though:

Nominate a guy to run the IRS who cheated on his taxes.

Nominate a guy to run healthcare who has been a lobbyist (though not really- wink, wink) for the healthcare industry and, oh by the way didn’t pay his taxes.

Nominate a labor secretary who has conflict of interest issues with lobbyists.

Nominate a secretary of state whose husband’s foundation rakes in millions from other countries that she has to nogotiate with. Conflict of interest? Check!

Then there’s Nancy Killefer, who’s actions seem the lesser of all of the above but is still an example of change we can’t believe in.

Somehow I don’t think shrewd is the first adjective that comes to my mind.

And a follow-up observation. Are there any nannies in DC who are actually legal citizens?

pluvlaw said...

Torture: Come on. If you honestly think the Gitmo scale tips towards the "usefull information/deterrence" side instead of the "A+ recruiting tool and mortal enemy creating machine," well...I quit, you win.

Arab Interview: it's about doing their's first. He's not talking to the mullahs and the clerics, he's going over them straight to the people. And fundamentally, people don't want to get blown up and shot. Have you seen the shit Al Queda has been putting out since he took office? It's like their trying to come up with shit to preach about against him (He didn't even mention Gaza...whah)

Going to Capital Hill: Whether or not the gesture was real, it means something. And it will pay off later. And I'm pretty sure the Limbaugh comment wasn't an attempt at prior restraint.

Nominations: They've fucked up on some. I don't even know how you get $100k in taxes out of a driver and car, so I can certainly understand someone fucking it up. But they should have known about all these problems.

Cheesefrog said...

Okay, I've got to admit, that honestly I don't know what to think about Gitmo or the detainees. What a lovely descriptor, by the way- detainees. We all know that guys have left there and either become or resumed significant positions in terror organizations. I stuggle with what to do with terrorist captives. My first reaction is that they don't deserve the rights of American citizens when it comes to due process. But I know that thinking lends itself to abuse. I'm seriously conflicted.

I think that Obama has been naive about how the middle east would react to him. They are not going to change their thinking just because Bush is gone. This issue is beyond personalities.

I do have a feeling that the Limbaugh comments will lead to some kind of government restriction/regulation on talk radio. I really hope not because that is somewhere that as a nation we don't need to go.

My last question still stands- are there any legal nannies out there?

And to add to that, are there any clean hands in all of Washington?