Commentary on current events, politics, government, and popular culture from John Sheirer, author of the book, Make Common Sense Common Again.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Republicans Say "Bye-Bye" to Women Voters

Republican Governor Scott Walker just signed a Republican-sponsored bill repealing a law meant to ensure equal pay for women. And he did it pretty much in secret, trying to let it slip under the radar. 

Hmmm ... I wonder why a governor up for recall would want to downplay signing a new law that makes discriminating against women easier. I guess it could have something to do with the fact that women actually have the right to vote in Wisconsin and the rest of America. Of course, given a few more years of Republican power, they might just change that as well.

But Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican Party, says that, despite a deluge of new Republican legislation and right-wing commentary that targets women, the Republican agenda isn't anti-women. I guess Priebus hasn't been paying attention to what his own party has been up to in regard to equal pay, reproductive choice, Planned Parenthood, forced ultrasounds, health care, and contraception--not to mention the negative impact of the Republican economic policies on women.

If anyone wonders why President Obama is doing very well with women voters in recent polls, the Republican anti-women blunders certainly play a big role. But it helps that the first major legislation Obama signed as president was one to protect equal pay for women, exactly the opposite of Walker's recent actions.

Presient Obama was on the side of American women long before the Republican Party launched its current wrong-headed offensive against the gender that constitutes more than half of the American population.

These recent events are just more reasons to recall Walker out of office, support the president, and never to vote for Republicans again.


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