But wait! Generic pandering wasn't enough for our intrepid messiah...he makes promises galore to all those women who don't get a "square deal" in the workplace.
Settle in, dear readers....this is a long one, because I have a LOT to say about this particular load of crap. Marx himself would have been hard pressed to cram more socialist nonsense into a four minute video clip.
I'll just go through his points one by one, and if you can stand to watch the actual clip, it's here. My remarks are in bold and italicized, because, well, I feel pretty bold and italic-y about this.
1) Obama supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which would extend the limit on how long an employee can wait before suing an employer for pay discrimination. John McCain does not support it. Obviously, McCain doesn't think that women should be paid less, he just doesn't think they should be able to sue an employer after a certain amount of time. Of course, Obama the lawyer finds this perfectly reasonable stance to be reprehensible.
2) He doesn't believe that women should have to choose between their children and their careers. Boo hoo. Everyone has to make choices about their lives, some of them difficult. Why should women not be held responsible for the life decisions they make? Priorities, ladies....find them, use them.
3) Obama finds it unacceptable that women are denied promotions because they have children at home. Really? Well, I find it unacceptable that employers can't hire or promote whomever they feel can do the best job. The truth is, women who have children are unable and/or unwilling to devote the same amount of time and energy to a job that men can and/or will. Obviously, there are exceptions, but we are talking generalities here. (Oh, and by the way, this is sort of off topic, but if I had a dollar for every little thing Barack Obama finds "unacceptable", I'd be one of those top tier millionaires he wants to tax to death...)Here's a list of all the perks he has lined up for working parents -- all in the name of fairness...
1) To help pay for child care, he'll expand the child care tax credit. Working folks will get a 50% credit for their child care expenses. Awesome! I get to pay for someone else's babysitting costs?! That's fair!
2) He'll double the funding for "after school programs". Which is the same as babysitting, but this time for older kids. Again, super fair!
3) He'll allocate 10 billion dollars to ensure everyone has access to quality pre-school programs. Jesus, how many euphemisms for babysitting can there be?
4) He'll expand the Family and Medical Leave Act to include small business with 25 employees. This will reach millions of Americans who are not currently covered. And force millions of small business owners to try to figure out how in the hell they're supposed to run a business without any freaking employees in the shop...
5) He'll guarantee 24 hours of annual leave so that parents can join in school activities with their children. That's sweet. Since I don't have kids, I'll just go ahead and spend my newly created time-off hanging out with the dogs. I'm sure that I'll also get 24 hours of paid leave...right?
6) He wants all of this forced leave to be PAID leave, and plans to put 1.5 billion dollars aside to fund it. You know, so that women won't be "punished" for getting sick. I guess it's more fair to punish the American taxpayer. I'm sure no one will try to abuse this system...only the people who really, really need it will ask for it.
7) Last but not least, he will raise the minimum wage. And force millions of businesses into bankruptcy. Or force them to raise prices to cover the cost of payroll. Either way, screw you, evil business man! You're finally getting what you deserve for giving all of those people jobs in the first place! Bwaaaa haaaa haaaa......
Oops, hold on -- wait a second, all of that is last week's news....this just in....June 30 headline from CNSnews.com:
On average, women working in Obama's Senate office were paid at least $6,000 below the average man working for the Illinois senator. That's according to data calculated from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate, which covered the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 2007.
What about that meanie, John McCain?
Of his non-intern employees, 30 were women and 16 were men. After excluding interns, the average pay for the 30 women on McCain's staff was $59,104.51. The 16 non-intern males in McCain's office, by comparison, were paid an average of $56,628.83.
Hey....I have an idea! Before you start taking more of our money, Senator Obama, perhaps you should put YOUR money where your mouth is.
© Jana Ogletree 2008