Johnny FairPay

2 comments April 26th, 2008at 01:55pm Posted by Eli

I forgot to comment on this the first time around, but since Gail Collins has been helpful enough to comment on it, I figured I get another chance…

McCain’s special It’s Time for Action Tour was in the impoverished Kentucky town of Inez on Wednesday, so he was unable to make it to Washington to vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This is the bill that would restore workers’ ability to go to court in cases of pay discrimination.

But McCain was not ducking the issue. After all, this is a man who told the folks in Youngstown, Ohio — where most of the working single mothers cannot make it above the poverty line — that the answer to their problems is larger tax deductions. He is fearless when it comes to delivering unpleasant news to people who are probably not going to vote for him anyway.

So McCain made it clear that if he had been in Washington, he would have voted no because the bill “opens us up for lawsuits, for all kinds of problems and difficulties.”

How much straighter can talk get? True, this is pretty much like saying that you’re voting against the federal budget because it involves spending. Still, there is no denying that a bill making it possible for people who have been discriminated against to go to court for redress would open somebody up to the possibility of a lawsuit.

See, that’s the problem with laws.  The more laws you have, the more opportunities there are for lawsuits, and those damn trial lawyers all get rich.  Better to just get rid of laws completely.  Sure, we’d end up like Darfur or Afghanistan, but at least we wouldn’t have to worry about lawsuits.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,McCain,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers


  • 1. Cujo359  |  April 27th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    It’s hard to tell if this is due to McCain ducking this particular issue, or McCain not showing up for yet another vote. McCain’s now rated as the Senator who’s missed the most votes, since Tim Johnson got out of the hospital. McCain’s missed 58.4 percent of votes this session, according to the WaPo. By contrast, Obama’s missed 40 percent and Clinton 29.

    In case anyone’s forgotten, Obama and Clinton are still busy campaigning for the Democratic nomination. McCain has his sown up, but his record hasn’t improved since January.

    When you don’t show up for most of the votes, you’re bound to miss a few important ones.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 27th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I might have given him a pass on missing the vote if he hadn’t explicitly said that he would have voted no.

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