Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson vote against equal pay.

Shocking, I know.

In spite of the fact that John McCain has won the Republican nomination and thus should have some time in his schedule to do his job as Senator, he failed to vote. However, per Daily Kos, he did say that had he bothered to show up for work, he would have voted against equal pay, too:

"I am all in favor of pay equity for women, but this kind of legislation, as is typical of what's being proposed by my friends on the other side of the aisle, opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems," the expected GOP presidential nominee told reporters. "This is government playing a much, much greater role in the business of a private enterprise system."

Much like his mentor, Barry Goldwater, John McCain supports equality in principle, but not in practice. In practice, he supports whatever form discrimination is profitable to the "private enterprise system," which is pretty much every kind.

And the same is true of Senior Senator Saxby and Junior Senator Johnny: when asked to choose between profit for their donors and equal rights for women, unsurprisingly, they chose their donors.

Which is why, and you should have known this was coming, it is all the more important to boot Saxby in November - so that the women of Georgia will have a Senator who will fight for equal pay, not a Senator who will fight against it.