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A veiled shot by Obama at Terri Lynn Land's "I'd do the same job as a man for less pay" remark

by: Eric B.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:50:11 AM EDT


Someone forwarded me the press pool report from President Obama's trip to Texas, specifically to a fund raiser in Houston. He comments on Terri Lynn Land's speech a few years ago in which she said that wimmenfolk would rather have the flexibility to do wimmenfolk work rather than get paid equally as men for doing the same job.

"I think there was a candidate for the Senate, a Republican in Michigan, who voiced the opinion that women make other choices," he said, according to the transcript of his remarks. "And I think that's certainly true; every individual makes other choices. Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job." 

There's a bit of speculation this morning that the underlying strategy Republicans are pursuing is to go after married couples, leaving single women to Democrats. Gotta tell you that based on married friends of mine that they're not doing that very smartly. I don't know anyone who is in a marriage where it would be okay for one partner to earn a below-market value wage for their work because a) it's all about paying bills and b) the husband is expected to also run errands like getting the kids to the doctor. The Republican Party's concept of marriage is as dead and archaic as it is in its approach to same-sex marriages.

Eric B. :: A veiled shot by Obama at Terri Lynn Land's "I'd do the same job as a man for less pay" remark
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