Sunday, October 19, 2008

More Walking the Walk - Not Just Talking the Talk

As some of you may have noticed, I've made some changes to my blog in the past day or so. I seem to have picked up a "Blog Stalker" due to my political posts. I've always welcomed comments here, good or bad, but this person was starting to abuse that policy. I don't know much about my little disturbing commenter, other than I believe this person is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and uses a Verizon ISP. This person told me their name was "Tom", but I believe he/she told another blogger the name was "Sue". Who knows the truth and really, who cares? I had to stop allowing "anonymous" comments because, as I said, this one particular person was abusing the practice and was using my comment section as a place to spew worthless bile against certain political figures. I don't mind some good old fashioned disagreements, but talking ugly just for the sake of talking ugly is boring. Hence the change in my blog. And now that I've explained all that, I'll get on with the post. Here's yet another reason why I, a woman, support John McCain for President of United States of America: McCain actually walks the walk when it comes to equal pay for women.
(for the full story, click here)

Actually, a case could be made that McCain does more than walk the walk, as his female staffers actually average slightly more in salary than his male staffers. The story linked to above deals with McCain, Obama and Hillary Clinton with regards to the number of women each had on staff compared to the number of men, as well as compared the salaries for both.
From the above referenced article:

Both McCain and Clinton also employed more female than male staffers, while Obama employed more males than females. However, Obama's staff was more balanced between male and female staffers than either McCain's or Clinton's. Also, McCain and Clinton had more female than male staffers making six-figure salaries, while Obama had more male than female staffers making six-figure salaries.

The reason I find this information so telling is this (from another article that you may read in its entirety by clicking here):

While Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has produced a television ad criticizing Sen. John McCain’s position on equal pay for women and pointing out that women in America are paid only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, Obama pays his own female Senate staffers, on average, only 78 percent of what he pays male staffers.

The referenced Obama campaign ad says:

“Today women work to help support their families but are paid just 77 cents for every $1 a man makes. It’s just one more thing John McCain doesn’t get about our economy.”

It goes on to say that McCain said equal pay would be "a burden on business". That is not what McCain said regarding equal pay, it was what he said regarding the Ledbetter legislation proposed by Dems (more on that in just a bit). Meanwhile, also from the article:

NOW President Kim Gandy did not view the pay disparity as a problem. “It depends on what positions they’re in,” Gandy told “Certain positions are paid more than other positions. I do know quite a number of women very high up in his staff and in his campaign who are extraordinarily strong supporters of women’s rights. We don’t advocate people be hired because of their gender. We advocated people be hired and paid without regard to their gender.”

Okay, first of all, I just gotta dumb of a statement was that? The part about "I do know quite a number of women very high up in his staff and in his campaign who are extraordinarily strong supporters of women's rights". Well, duhhhhhhh. If they're women, one would hope they would be supporters of women's rights, wouldn't one? Anywho...other than that goofy part, I agree with the general assessment of reasons for equal pay. It does depend on what job someone is doing, how long they've done it, etc. I will even go further and say I advocate paying someone based on ability and aptitude, not gender or race or hair color or shoe size or batting average or any other criteria (unless you are a player in Major League Baseball in which case that batting average issue would be of some importance, obviously).

The point as I see it, though, is that Obama's camp made this big deal out of saying that McCain does not understand the economy because he doesn't support equal pay when it would appear that Obama doesn't understand or "get it" too well himself. I'm simply not seeing how McCain has illustrated his so-called "not understanding" of equal pay - he seems to have a firm grasp of that concept, certainly within his own staff. The only other thing I've found regarding John McCain and equal pay has to do with Lilly Ledbetter. Anybody remember her name being brought up in the 3rd debate? Obama brought up the legislation regarding Ms. Ledbetter during the debate as a supposed example of McCain's unwillingness to support women. If you remember, McCain very firmly called that legislation "a trial lawyer's dream" and I believe he was right about that. This whole accusation of McCain's failure to support women came from McCain’s reservations about a bill that would overrule the Supreme Court’s take on a technical statute of limitations issue. The bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, is named after the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case at issue, Ledbetter v. Goodyear. The Court rejected Lilly Ledbetter’s claim that Title VII’s statute of limitations is reset with each paycheck, declining to establish a special rule for pay discrimination cases. Regardless of what you may think of the technical issue in the Ledbetter case (and I happen to think it does bear some looking at), it's sheer bull-hockey to equate McCain's opposition to overruling the decision with opposition to equal pay for women. I think this country is lousy with lawyers willing to sue anybody over anything and I wholeheartedly agree with having laws in place to prevent too much of that nonsense. As I alluded to earlier, though, I also happen to believe that the Ledbetter case brought to light some interesting aspects of the fair pay laws that should be addressed and looked at, but the sort of sweeping legislation that the Dems tried to pass through is not the answer. As far as the issue of equal pay goes, please keep in mind that pay discrimination against women legislation has been in place since the 1963 Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As John McCain was serving in the United States Navy during those time periods and not the United States Congress, I think it'd be a tad bit disingenuous for the Obama camp to claim McCain either supported or opposed that particular legislation.

I see this as another example of the differences in the candidates. John McCain is certainly "walking the walk" on this issue and not just "talking the talk". What do you think?


  1. Great post, well thought out and plainly easy to understand. I get it. I wish everyone would read it. I don't understand how people get away with the false adds and wish that attack adds were outlawed. It would be refreshing to hear a candidate get up and say "this is what I want to do for you, this is what I have done for you in the past.." But it will probably never be that way. I have noticed a great tendency for people who are just starting out in life to want to start at the top, leaving no way to go but's a tendency I'd like to see stop.

  2. I say, wow. I can't believe that Obama is a part of the good ole boys club, those who want to keep women in their "place." Your research is immpecable. I am impressed with the quality and quantity of it. Sorry about the mean blogger, some people just don't have nice genes.

  3. I think that someone doesn't live up to his own standards...and I think with regard to the Ledbetter case that the statute of limitations was up and to go there would open a big old bunch of worms. Not prudent. Now if something similar comes up that is within the statute of limitations let's take a good look at it.

  4. Sorry about the rude blogger. The behavior is uncalled for, and I certainly don't blame you for taking measures to stop the abuse.

    As usual, your analysis is thorough and well-thought out. You have more patience than I do in getting down to the details!

  5. Hi Kari,

    I need you to weed through the crap and get the facts. Great work as always. As for the rude blogger, I think some people just cruise the blog world to find things to rag on people for. Unhappy,lonely people in my book. Great post as usual,just about ten more days until the election.

  6. I think it's just another example of how the Left Lies.

    But so many don't want to dig or listen to anything, which contradicts "The One."

    Look at Joe The Plumber! What happened to him, since he asked a question of "The One"? When "The One" was out campaigning in Joe's neighborhood.

    Joe asked "The One" a simple question and "The One" tipped his hand. By saying {on video tape} that he/"The One" wants to spread the wealth around.

    That. Is. Socialism.

    Does anyone get it?

    And what did the {*unbiased*} press do to Joe The Plumber? They dug and dug and dug for dirt on Joe The Plumber. And took great glee in reporting it.

    Did the press ever set up camp outside of Ayers house, and dig and dig and dig? NO!

    So, unless you find solid information, for yourself, you are being spoon-fed by the {*unbiased*} media.

    And tv is happy to run "The One's" adds and take his $$$$ for doing so.

    Heaven help Our Beloved Country.

    Miss Mari-Nanci

  7. Oh, and Kari didn't mention... that Blogger has NO BLOG of her/his own! Only a Blogger Profile Page. So we couldn't go to his/her blog and discuss with him/her there! And that frosted us. *Silly* us, I know. :-(

    And he/she dislikes what I post on my 'In The Mind Of A Grandmother' blog. But keeps visiting that blog of mine, frequently. In fact, he/she is my most faithful visitor over there. {Site Meter shows location of Visitors to your blog}

    Does this sound odd to you? If you couldn't abide what I write there, and you couldn't comment there, why keep coming back and back and back???

    Miss Mari-Nanci


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