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Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele

Posted: April 24, 2008 03:15 PM

Paging Meghan McCain: Tell Daddy Not to Be So Neanderthal


Meghan, I love McCain Blogette but I have a suggestion for you: use your megaphone to tell Daddy he's stuck in the Stone Age.

McCain Senior opposes a Senate bill mandating equal pay for women in this country. His rationale? It will pave the way for too many lawsuits. He's quoted:

They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else," McCain said. "And it's hard for them to leave their families when they don't have somebody to take care of them.

Education and training would be fabulous, but how about helping to level the playing field from the start? In the same comment in which McCain derided the equal pay bill for expanding government's reach too much, he said of the poor community he was visiting: "I wouldn't be back here today if government had fulfilled the promise that Lyndon Johnson made 44 years ago," he said.

LBJ believed in using government to push people and institutions along. McCain believes in using government to give summer drivers a "gas holiday" but not in finally decreasing the pay gap between men and women, which is about 77 cents on the dollar nationally.

So Meghan, you're a modern girl. Tell Dad to get with it, and maybe he'll get more women on board the Straight Talk Express!

PS: Senator, if rumors are true you're contemplating bringing Carly Fiorina on your ticket as VP, you'd better check with her first re:this bill. I'd think she's all about equal pay for women.

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