Hoisted on their own petard

This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad:

Easy Monday: Paycheck fairness, judicial vote in the Senate

The Senate returns from its weeklong break at 2 p.m., and will start with some debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act before moving to a judicial nominee vote at 5:30 p.m.

While debate on the paycheck bill could hit some high rhetorical notes Monday, it is setting up a procedural vote that is expected to fail on Tuesday. Republicans are expected to remain unified against the bill, making it impossible for Democrats to win the 60 votes needed to end debate.

Democrats say the bill, S. 3220, is an answer to the Republicans’ “war on women,” but Republicans argue the bill solves a problem — that of paycheck discrimination against women — that Democrats have said was already solved by passing the Lilly Ledbetter law in 2009.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act changed U.S. law to make the statute of limitations for unfair pay expire 180 days after the receipt of each new discriminatory paycheck, giving women more flexibility to challenge unfair pay.

Republicans last week cited several quotes from President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying that the Ledbetter law equalized pay for women in America, implying that the new Paycheck Fairness Act is simply a vehicle to score political points against Republicans.

The new bill would create federal grants aimed at improving the salary negotiation skills of women, and makes some changes to current law to protect women who take initial steps toward filing an unfair-pay complaint.

It also foresees the government collection of salary data from companies for the purpose of enforcing fair-pay laws, a step Republicans in particular are likely to oppose.

Assuming the procedural vote fails on Tuesday, the Senate is expected to take up farm legislation for the rest of the week.

They could have passed this at the same time they passed Lilly Ledbetter, back when they controlled both houses of Congress. But they didn’t. Now the Democrats are bringing it up when they know it has no chance of passing.

Thanks for nothing, guys.

I’m not sure how much help grants “aimed at improving the salary negotiation skills of women” would really be. With the current batch of Democrats you can’t trust ’em even when you can see ’em. I wouldn’t put it past those asshats to pass something called “paycheck fairness” that actually made things worse.

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32 Responses to Hoisted on their own petard

    • Oswald says:

      The worst part is they aren’t spending their own money – it doesn’t cost them anything to pay women equally to men.

  1. Lola-at-Large says:

    Another point worth considering; The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was already supposed to have fixed it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Pay_Act_of_1963

    At a certain point, it’s just layers of bills that aren’t effective.

    Another point worth considering; with 83% males in both chambers, do women REALLY expect them to deliver fair pay? No, you’re gonna need a critical mass of women for that.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I think it was Iowahawk who mused : If women work for so much less, why do capitalists hire men at all ?

    Yep, the Dems blew it big time with their super majority.

  3. Oswald says:

    Giants beat Cubs 3-2 to sweep a 4-game series.

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    If only it had happened one day later. Perfect metaphor. I totally feel like soaking the press with urine sometimes. http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/erupting-urinal-soaks-house-press-gallery-20120604

  5. yttik says:

    The Dems are simply grandstanding on women’s rights. They really don’t care about equal pay, they care about trying to score political points.

  6. Oswald says:

  7. angienc says:

    OT –but I kind of love this. Kaczynski is known to be an evil genius (167 IQ) but WTF were the people at Harvard thinking? Just one more example that Harvard is nothing but reputation at this point:


  8. HELENK says:

    just saw this on TV

    for all those obots that think that communism is so wonderful

    the average pay in Cuba just went up to $19 a month. Now maybe you would like that way of life, but I do not want it for my family and friends or the rest of the country

  9. leslie says:

    Wow! some very strange things are happening on this blog. the fonts in this thread have changed several times from wingdings to very asian looking font that continues to change.
    Is anyone else experiencing anything like this?

    • HELENK says:

      I am having trouble going to some sites today. My trendmicro says they are dangerous pages. I never had a problem with these sites before

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Everything’s been operation normal over here all night. Sorry you’re having trouble. 😦

    • DandyTiger says:

      Working OK for me. Maybe it’s the DOJ checking us out for voting rights act violations. Makes as much sense as checking it in WI.

  10. HELENK says:


    the race baiters arrive in Wisconsin.
    might be inter related to the master baiters

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      WOW, that is brazen. He goes to the town Barret is mayor of to accuse the governor of making that same town segregated. Brazen and stupid. He doesn’t see it, right there in front of his face though it is. Democrats don’t have AAs best interest at heart. They just want to own them.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Bingo. Though of course no party has anyone’s interest at heart except their donors. You’d think people would have figured that out years ago.

  11. HELENK says:


    high school grads boo when biden mentions backtrack’s name.

    maybe because there are no jobs to look forward to and college tuition is a bitch

    • Karma says:

      Ahhh…the ‘good ole days’.

      Axel says:
      June 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Yep, the good days of Disney are long gone. Every Sunday night when I was the remote we watched the Wonderful World of Disney.

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