This is the question of the 2012 elections – from the local to the national level. Scott Walker managed to get himself reelected in Wisconsin because he outspent his Democratic rival by a margin of 7 to 1 (see graphic). In fact, he raised $30.5 million (with 66% coming from out of state) to his Democratic rival’s $3.9 million. On a national level, it is expected that the GOP and its super PACs will spend up to $1 billion to take control of the House, Senate and White House. It is highly unlikely that the Democrats will be able to overcome the dark money flowing from the corporate sugar daddies to the GOP.
Regardless of that, the GOP has been transparent in their intentions since taking control of the House in 2010. It wasn’t about the economy and jobs, as they promised. They lied. Since 2010, they have done not one thing to improve the lot of working-class Americans. Instead, they’ve spent their time taking care of the wealthiest Americans and attempting to legislate morality. And the GOP has literally declared a jihad on American women.
In 2012, women voters will outnumber men. Let’s hope women are awake, alert and aware of the GOP’s ultimate intentions – and not asleep at the switch – because women can make or break the election. The GOP has been all up in our uteri for a while now, telling us we’re not capable of making decisions about our own bodies and denying us health care. But the GOP hasn’t stopped there. The GOP is now telling us we shouldn’t make as much as men. We are apparently second-class workers as well. On Tuesday, every single member of the GOP – including Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins – voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. In simple terms, that means that women will continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, even for the same job. It also means that a woman has no legal recourse if she is being discriminated against in the workplace. Think about that. In today’s world, many families need two working parents to make ends meet. In many cases, women are single mothers working to support their children. Yes sir, America is indeed the land of opportunity…if you’re male, white and wealthy.
Here’s the reason Susan Collins gave for voting against the Fairness Protection Act:
“We already have on the books the Equal Pay Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which I did support,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told a few reporters in the Capitol. “And I believe that they provide adequate protections. I think this bill would result in excessive litigation that would impose a real burden, particularly on small businesses. So I think existing laws are adequate.”
This is a piss poor excuse. What Collins is really referring to here is “frivolous” litigation. There is already a mechanism in place to eliminate such frivolity. If a lawsuit has no merit, a judge will not allow it to proceed. The GOP claims to have a deep belief in the legal system. If that’s the case, there should be no problem with the Fairness Protection Act. If there is merit, the legal case should go forward. The burden will be on the employer to prove that a woman is earning less because there is a difference in the job, not because there is a difference in gender. Simple. If women are getting screwed, they should have their day in court. What’s the issue here? I suspect a lot of lobbying on the part of corporate America killed this legislation.
The GOP has been telling you that the war on women is being conjured up by a vast left-wing conspiracy. Our esteemed Republican legislators have gone on record saying that it’s a figment of our collective imaginations. It is not. It began in 2008, and it escalated when the GOP regained control of the House in 2010. It’s very real and it cannot be denied. We are accusing the GOP of waging a War on Women because, well, they are waging a war on women.
It doesn’t matter if you are a woman who would never have an abortion. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman who does not use birth control. It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman who does not work outside the home. What matters is that the GOP is intent on rolling back the rights we have fought so hard to attain. What matters is that the GOP is marginalizing us and telling us we are second-class citizens. It is a matter of self respect and self determination. It’s a question of standing up for other women. The graphic below shows that, when it comes to women’s issues, most of the media coverage is given to men and organizations. Not women. What’s wrong with that picture? What’s wrong is that they think women aren’t important enough to speak out on issues that directly affect them, like abortion, birth control and Planned Parenthood funding.
We must change the conversation because nobody is going to change it for us. If you are not registered to vote, get registered and become part of the process. Flex your muscle at the polls by casting your vote against the GOP and its War on Women because is not likely that the assault on our rights will stop here.