We have existing laws — Title VII, um, Lilly Ledbetter, all those existing protections in place — that, I believe, enforce and provide that people doing equal jobs are, certainly in this country, should receive equal pay. So, uh, that bill, in my view, didn’t add — in fact I think it created a lot of additional burdens that would have been hard, um, to make it more difficult for job creators to create jobs… . The reason that I voted against that specific bill is that, I looked at it, and there were already existing laws that need to be enforced and can be enforced and I didn’t feel like adding that layer was going to help us better get at the equal pay issue.
Someone thinks that she is made of Teflon….
Dow 14,000 to me is a taunt; it’s a reminder that most Americans are working harder (or more efficiently) for essentially no more money, while the companies they work for prosper wildly (without sharing or hiring) and while investors in those companies watch their wealth balloon.
All the while, the plight of the American worker is treated as little more than a political piñata. The right says the problem is that the left requires companies to pay taxes to do business in the country. If only taxes could go away or be reduced, companies would start hiring madly and peace and prosperity would wash over the land.
The left says the problem is that the right is strangling government spending, restricting rivers of cash that would flow out of Washington, efficiently sweeping up the unemployed and depositing them into productive well-paying jobs.
One guy gets it…and he gets buried far off of the front page of the news or business section.
Making $2.15 an hour certainly does sound worse than today’s minimum wage, which federal law mandates must be at least $7.25 an hour. But what Blackburn didn’t realize is that she accidentally undermined her own argument, since the value of the dollar has changed immensely since her teenage years. Blackburn was born in 1952, so she likely took that retail job at some point between 1968 and 1970. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator, the $2.15 an hour Blackburn made then is worth somewhere between $12.72 and $14.18 an hour in today’s dollars, depending on which year she started.