I find this unfortunate, as he’s got two daughters. But for Daines, ensuring corporate America can get a few more pennies on that stock price is more important than his daughters.
What am I getting at? It’s called the Pay Equity Bill, and it’s something Steve Daines voted against last April. It’s quite clear that Daines does not like to talk about the Pay Equity Bill, which he voted against as a member of Congress, mainly because this could hurt him with women voters.
Oh, don’t think he’s sorry he voted against it, and don’t think voting against it means his daughters have a chance to earn more. What it really means is that big American corporations can continue to get 100% of work from women, but only give them about 70% of what a man gets.
For the corporate bottom line, this is great. For Montana women, this is terrible.
Women and Pay in Montana
It was a bill that goes back to our Fair Pay Act, something that itself came about in 1938 through the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Yeah, those pesky New Deal safety nets that’ve been hindering corporate profits for decades. Steve Daines wants to do his part to dismantle those safety nets – and things like unions through Right to Work and the elimination of collective bargaining – because that’s what his corporate backers want.
Take a look at the great political video that’s on PBS. You’ll see Daines’ face go quite red around 12:30 into it when this issue comes up.
So what did the Pay Equity Bill try to do anyways? It tried to change the fact that women in Montana make $0.67 for every $1 a man makes. This is not right, because 40% of married moms in Montana are the sole breadwinners for their family.
Think about that for a second. That’s the woman checking your groceries, let’s call her Jan. If Jan’s veteran husband Bob was working, he’d be making $400 that week. But he’s got all kinds of problems from those oil wars the Koch brothers wanted to start over in the Middle East.
That means Jan’s got to work, but since she’s only getting $9.37 an hour and not $10 – remember, she’s a woman so we pay her less – she’s pulling in just $373.20 a week.
Not a whole lot, huh? Well, in a year Bob would have made $20,800 working 52 weeks that year – these folks don’t get holidays – but Jan pulls in just $19,406.40 (pennies matter).
That’s $1,393.60…an amount Steve Daines would scoff at. But Jan and Bob know that nearly $1,400 will get them 2 months worth of rent, perhaps pay off one of those credit card bills, or finally get those medical bill phone calls to stop.
Steve Daines doesn’t know anything about that at all, and that’s why he’s out of touch with Montana and the kind of representation you need in Washington.
We just don’t need more people representing the millionaire class in Washington.
Steve Daines Doesn’t Like This
And since it sure seems to be an issue for Daines, let’s ask the question that seems to be on his and just about every other Republicans’ mind – should women be paid as much as men?
Now remember, Daines was part of a software and cloud computing firm called Right Now Technologies. He may very well adhere to the same draconian thinking as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who recently said at the Grace Hopper Celebration that women shouldn’t ask for a raise.
That caused quite the uproar and there’s little chance that the man won’t be thought of as an idiot for some time to come. Anyone remember that infamous Larry Summers quote back in 2005, the one where he said women weren’t as good at math and science as men, or has the media done a good enough job making us forget yet?
Anyways, I know that when it comes to women getting paid more, women getting more respect at work and in every other aspect of their lives, Amanda Curtis is the right choice.
Daines’ Ball and Chain
See, Steve Daines has a very short leash, or maybe ball and chain if you will. Yep, he’s stuck in a controlling and overbearing relationship, and that’s because he got involved with corporations.
He sold his innocence to them long ago, and now they call the shots and he works for them. Even if Steve Daines wanted his daughters to make more than men, as he claims was his reason for not supporting this bill, he couldn’t make that happen.
Corporations simply can’t afford women making as much as men. Imagine if they had to pay out $860 a week on average instead of $706, which was the discrepancy between men and women’s weekly pay in 2013. That might cut into the weekend trips to the Hamptons and those holidays in Cannes. Shit, we can’t have that!
So women will stay in their place, making less and being thankful that they’ve been allowed out of the textile mills entirely, you know, the ones with boarded-shut exits and flame-traps for work stations.
Who knows, maybe a few years into Daines’ term we can start to bring those workplaces back, creating those jobs that Daines has been promising us for so long, although with no clear explanation or idea on how he’ll deliver. Maybe that’s it – a little worker’s rights violation in every town; on every corner, a company shack that runs your life.
Let’s not do that – vote for Amanda Curtis on November 4…and get your neighbors to as well!