Monday, June 3, 2013

Thy Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

At least women always know where they stand with the GOP.  After repeated refusals to pass legislation to guarantee fair pay, a woman finally steps forward and explains that women don't want fair pay.  Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn says that women being recognized in the workplace is "more important" than equal pay for the same duties and responsibilities.

Thanks for clearing that up, doll.

During a roundtable discussion on NBC's Meet The Press, former White House advisor David Axelrod asked if she would support a law promoting workplace gender equality. Blackburn responded:
"I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves."
Not only did she dodge the issue with some truly Palin-esque babble there, she manages to act a fool and contradict herself while insulting just about every woman everywhere.  She calls recognition more important, seemingly without understanding that most people work for money and that raises and bonuses are perfectly acceptable forms of recognition.  Apparently, if you don't accept a "good job" in lieu of being paid as much as the man sitting next to you, it's time to suck it up and be a team player.

Because there is no logical argument against promising to pay men and women fairly, she then clarifies that she is all about equality because she wants to earn her job by being the most qualified, not because she is a woman.  Dandy, but how about the most qualified also being paid the most competitive wage, even if the worker is a woman?  That makes sense to everyone but Republicans.  To speak on behalf of women and say that we don't want the decisions made in Washington is atrocious.  Women fought hard for fair pay and workplace equality, and were shot down by a unanimous GOP vote.  Then she pops a useless but empowering phrase about how women can make those decisions for themselves.  Just what decisions are we talking about?  Because unfair pay practices are legal, what choices do women have exactly?  I suppose we can choose whether we are underpaid by this guy or that guy.

It's hypocritical to believe that government shouldn't intervene to enforce fair treatment of women, and then turn around and use government to further take away their rights and freedoms.  It's way more hypocritical to sell out your gender to jockey for position in an organization determined to oppress them.  It's the height of hypocrisy to support unfairness while claiming to be giving women what they really want.  Funny, I haven't heard a single woman ever say she wanted a smaller paycheck, higher insurance costs, less access to screenings and lifesaving medical treatments and insurmountable odds.  I guess we're just lucky enough to find it everywhere we go.

1 comment:

RepubAnon said...

Has anyone told her that the way business traditionally recognizes good performance is - a pay increase? (Unless, of course, you're the CEO of a large corporation. In that case, you get a massive paycheck regardless of your performance.

Marcia Blackburn, however, thinks that women would settle for a smiley face on her annual review while their male counterparts cash the big checks.

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