EagleEye wrote:The first is that the $0.77 to $1.00 is an incorrect ratio. I absolutely admit that women so far aren't paid the same amount as men for the same job, but the $0.77 figure compares women to men regardless of what their job actually is. The actual ratio, accounting for job rank in the hierarchy (for example. comparing male Chiefs of Staff in congressional offices to female Chiefs of Staff) is more like $0.90.
Granted, but this just highlights a different facet of the issue - the fact that the top-level jobs are overwhelmingly held by men.
That is 100% correct, but then we should focus on the actual issue, that women aren't being promoted to top level jobs. Focusing on the exaggerated wage gap makes people think all we have to do is make sure employers pay everyone the same, but that's not really the main issue anymore (even though obviously there IS still a gap, which is bullshit).
Freemage wrote:So I don't hold your conservatism against you; but I would hold it against you if you said you support the Republican party in its current form. Virgina makes it clear--the inmates are now running the asylum.
Virginia makes clear that the inmates are now running the Virginia asylum. This is a big country and the Republican Party is not the same everywhere, just like the Democratic Party is different depending on where you go. My view of this issue is skewed because I'm (in my own opinion) a fairly moderate conservative who grew up in the Northeast. The Republican Party where I'm from seems pretty good to me, actually. It's the people passing this law in Virginia, and trying to pass one in Texas, that scare me.
I guess the problem with the people on the far-right is just a fundamental difference in views. They see themselves as protecting life and therefore pretty much anything is allowed. I don't know how to convince them otherwise. But there are a decent number of up-and-coming Republicans who I am optimistic about, and I don't think all hope is lost or anything.
Valerie wrote:I was kinda hoping John McCain would run again this year, weird as that may sound. He seemed like a pretty decent guy. I'm rooting for Obama, but I feel like McCain would have been alright, if it came to that. As it is, I don't know whether to worry or not. It seems like the Republican candidates are insane enough to not be a threat, but that's what makes them a threat, so I have no idea.
Unfortunately, Senator McCain is far too old at this point. He missed his chance. I campaigned for him in 2008 and even then, as fervent of a supporter as I was, I could tell he wasn't quite the same man that he was in 2000. I disagree with a lot of the political pundits who attacked him for betraying his principles, because a lot of what he said in 2008 was more nuanced than that, but he couldn't quite pull it off and now nobody will vote for him because he's like 80 years old.
I really wish he had beaten George W. Bush in 2000, though.