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GOP Senate Candidate Akin: ‘Free Enterprise’ Means Being Allowed To Deny Equal Pay To Women




Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has struggled with a well-established woman problem in his Senate campaign, ever since he claimed women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” After he said his opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), was not “ladylike,” her campaign released a video of Akin suggesting that businesses should be allowed to pay women less than men.

When a man asked him why he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Akin said he didn’t support the idea that “government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay.”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: You voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why do you think it is okay for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?

AKIN: Well, first of all, the premise of your question is that I’m making that particular distinction. I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom. If someone what’s to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.

Read more and watch the video at Think Progress

I love how folks like Akin use “free enterprise” as an excuse to be discriminatory. 

Technically, a truly free market would allow anyone to discriminate against whomever they please and not have to give a reason for it.

Which is exactly why the GOP has such a hard-on for it.

I think the GOP should just simplify and starting using “because freedoms” as an answer with the trusty backup, “Because I said so.”

A truly free market would never be free because humans will always cock it up with their incessant need to find loopholes and the lowest common denominator.

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Gay and lesbian military personnel sue US government

A group of married gay current and former military personnel sued the US government on Thursday, seeking equal recognition, benefits and the same support as married heterosexual couples who serve in the military.

The lawsuit filed in US district court in Boston says the government’s defence of marriage act violates their constitutional rights and asks the military to recognise their legal marriages.

"This case is about one thing, plain and simple," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which filed the suit. "It’s about justice for gay and lesbian service members and their families in our armed forces rendering the same military service, making the same sacrifices, and taking the same risks to keep our nation secure at home and abroad."

I knew it was a matter of time before US military members filed a challenge. The benefits awarded to spouses are quite far-reaching, and have legal implications. For example, if a gay U.S. Marine is killed in combat, under federal law, his husband is not his next of kin, cannot receive his body or any of the death benefits with which to bury him. He cannot have his spouse’s GI Bill benefits passed on to him. This is an excellent case to overturn DOMA. Let’s hope it succeeds. 

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For the anti-choice, I believe the heart of the abortion controversy is not about the fate of unborn babies. It’s about the value of women in society. In North America, for example, many anti-abortion leaders oppose ideas and programs that could help women achieve equality and freedom, and protect the health and well-being of families. For instance, they oppose affirmative action programs that help women gain equity in the job market. They force poor women to have babies and then cut off their welfare. They lobby against health and nutrition programs for children. They condone the bombing of clinics providing reproductive services, and the killing of doctors and staff.

These uncivilized actions reveal the true nature of anti-choice goals. They want a return to the days when women had few choices in life. They don’t like women having too much freedom, especially in controlling their reproductive lives. They’re convinced that women can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. And they certainly don’t like women having sex for fun without paying for it.
Joyce Arthur, summing up the anti-choice movement well.


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Democrats poised to introduce legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has announced plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws.

Feinstein’s announcement comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s announcement last week that at least one part of DOMA will not be able to pass constitutional muster in federal court, and that the Justice Department will not defend that part of the law in two pending cases in the Second Circuit.

Fuck yeah.

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