I have tried fairly successfully to avoid participating in rampant political debates. Heck, I made the “mistake” of using one of Ann Romney’s quotes as a type of analogy in a piece on work layoffs, and I received hate mail for my efforts. I can handle that. I am one to agree to disagree when it comes to politics. I’m pretty certain that any argument I could come up with would never change anyone’s mind or their views.
the past week or so, several news articles have piqued my interest, really
surprised me, or just plain managed to throw my proverbial Irish temper into a
twist. I’ll start with the temper.
Romney is at it again. Speaking to a
group of mothers for Mitt, she was asked about equal pay for equal work and the
Lilly Ledbetter legislation. Her answer
was about as archaic and inane as saying a woman should be seen and not heard,
while barefoot, pregnant and in her home, the only place where she
belongs. After all, she should be happy
to be a housewife that is taken care of by her magnanimous husband. And if she happens to work outside her home,
she should be happy and not complain that a male doing the same job is getting
paid at a substantially higher rate.
things anger me more that seeing women being used. Paying a woman less for the same tasks is a form
of servitude. It is a way for men who
feel threatened by intelligent and capable women to keep them oppressed. They consider themselves to be the
breadwinners and therefore more deserving of higher pay.
a few facts from the Census Bureau.
2011, there were 5 million stay at home moms.
This is down from 5.3 million in 2008.
23 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15 had a
In 2011, there were 10
million single mothers living with children younger than 18. This is up from 3.4 million in 1970.
Let’s review. Only 23% of women in a married situation with
kids were stay-at-home moms. The rest
are out working, likely because their traditional breadwinner is not making
enough to achieve financial stability.
If 23% = 5 million stay-at-home
moms, then the working 77% = >16 million working moms. We are not counting the massive numbers of
women working who no longer have children under the age of 15 at home.
There were 10 million
single mothers with kids under 18. No
magnanimous male breadwinners are taking care of them. They have to be mother, father, and
breadwinner as best they can.
In my experience, most
truly professional women, be they lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, or
whatever their chosen career are more proficient, more skilled, and better
performers than their male counterparts.
Do you know why? Because they had
to work harder, test higher, be smarter, and put up with crap no man ever had
to put up with to achieve their goals of careers in areas traditionally
occupied by men. I see this experience
repeated in women at all levels in all jobs from white collar to blue.
For Ann Romney to say
that wanting to be equal in the eyes of the law is “detrimental” to our future is
ludicrous. She also said “Who’s
going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who
thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost
laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?” Does
she really expect any woman with a brain to agree? A friend recently told me that Mrs. Romney
reminds her of a “Stepford Wife” and I’m beginning to wonder.
Second, I shared a facebook link to a video that
contained numerous influential Republicans speaking very unfavorably about Mitt
Romney. What they said was nothing
new. Who was saying it was
eye-opening. Yes, quotes can be taken
out of context, but the things they were saying would not have been changed by
any amount of context. Rudy Giuliani
spoke at length. Rick Santorum and John
McCain were more than clear. And Newt
was not particularly verbal, but no context was needed. “Question:
Are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?
Newt: Yes. Question:
You are calling Mitt Romney a liar?
Newt: You seem shocked. Yes.”
I’m not sure how that could be viewed as anything other than what it was…a
very direct answer to a specific question.
Third, I was surprised. Colin Powell publicly endorsed PresidentObama. There are some racists who think there
is only one reason for that…shared culture. I disagree.
I admit, I am a registered Democrat, but I have never been one to vote
the party line. I voted for Bush the
Elder, but not Bush the Younger. I considered
voting for McCain until he made the fateful mistake of accepting Palin as his
running mate. I have to say that if
Colin Powell had run, I would have voted for him. I look into the backgrounds and records of
the candidates. I look at their voting
records and I watch for consistency on the issues, especially the issues of
importance. I think Colin Powell
believes in the President and has no faith in the Republican candidate. I don’t think race has anything to do with
his endorsement. As evidenced above, he
is not the only influential Republican with no faith in their candidate. As a matter of fact, it seems that most of
Mitt Romney’s support comes from very rich banking and corporate moguls. What’s wrong with this picture?
Likely it’s the same thing that is wrong with
finding out at the 11th hour that some (not all) voting machines and
software in Ohio are provided by a Hart Intercivic. Let’s try to unwind the path. H.I.G. Capital’s cofounder and several of its
directors previously worked for none other than Bain. Same said cofounder was a donor to the Romney
campaign, and H.I.G. is a huge contributor to Mitt’s PAC organizations. As in investment capital firm, H.I.G. has
numerous investments, and Tagg Romney’s company has investments in some of
those funds run by Romney fundraisers and former colleagues that also manage a
fund that is invested in none other than Hart Intercivic, the voting machine
company. Although there is no direct
link from one end of the chain to the other, this whole situation gives me
pause. Even if Tagg is completely
innocent and has no knowledge of any of this, investors in Hart Intercivic have
given enormous amounts of money to the Romney campaign. This is a huge conflict of interest. I now have no faith that voting machine votes
for either candidate will be accurately counted. Therefore, I encourage everyone to vote early
on paper ballots. It may seem old
fashioned, but sometimes you just have to go back to go forward.