the lilly ledbetter fair pay act

Obama & Trump will be in Germany on the same day. Guess who Merkel will be meeting with.

Angela Merkel: What do I have coming up? I need to finish Big Little Lies before the Internet spoils the ending for me.

Her Assistant: Well, Donald Trump –

Merkel:  Next.

Her Assistant:  He’s actually –

Merkel:  Next.

Her Assistant:  There’s a request from Trump’s –

Merkel:  What part of next is confusing here?  I don’t care what he’s doing.  

Her Assistant:  He’ll be here in the country on –

Merkel:  I’m busy.  Every day that he’s here.  I’m busy.  What else do you have?

Her Assistant:  Barack Obama will –

Merkel:  Oo, set up something, some kind of dinner.  Or a talk!  Something where you need to build a stage.

Her Assistant:  But he’s coming on the same day as Trump.

Merkel:  

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where was your suffering?

Facebook gets a bad rap, but there’s a lot of serious shit going down there these days.  Via a friend’s reposting:


From Scott Mednick, when a Facebook friend told him, “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

Scott’s reply:


"I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.

There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.

And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the "historic crisis in our financial system.” Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.

But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass,

I was wondering:
Why have you suffered so?

So let me ask:
Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived of. Has this caused your suffering?

When Obama took office, the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?

We had 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?

Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?

Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?

Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?

We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?

Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured - an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?

People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?

Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 from 2002-2008, an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
insurance premiums has gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?

Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?

His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?

He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term were 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?

He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?

He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?

Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?

Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?

He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?

He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?

Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?

He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?

He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?

Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

High School Graduation rates hit 83% - an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?

He normalized relations with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?

Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?

US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?

He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?

He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?

Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?

From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse. Things are not perfect. Things can always be better. We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.

I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.“

A great response to a bully

This is the response from one FB friend to another, a Trump supporter, who said: “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

His reply:

"I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me because I did not support Trump. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone.
Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.
There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.
And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the "historic crisis in our financial system.”
Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.
But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass, I was wondering:
Why have you suffered so?
So let me ask:
Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived. Has this caused your suffering?
When Obama took office the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?
We have 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?
Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under
President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?
Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?
Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?
We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?
He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?
Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured - an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?
People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?
Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 form 2002-2008 an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
insurance premiums have gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?
Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?
He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?
His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?
He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term was 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?
The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?
The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?
He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?
He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?
Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?
Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?
He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?
He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?
Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?
Prescient Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?
He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?
He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?
Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
High School Graduation rates hit 83% - an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?
He normalized relationships with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?
Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?
US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?
He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?
He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?
Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?
From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse.
Things are not perfect.
Things can always be better.
We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.
I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.“
(He has not replied as of this writing)
via JoBeth Williams

“Standing behind the President as he signed my namesake bill into law was one of the greatest moments of my life, but I knew and the President knew that my bill was just an important first step in the fight for fair pay.” —Lilly Ledbetter

If you’ve got questions for President Obama on ‪equal pay‬, ask before tomorrow using ‪#‎ObamaTownHall‬. He’ll answer a bunch at his live event with blogher and sheknows in Charlotte at 2:30pm ET.

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Obama’s new proposal could be the key to closing the wage gap

President Barack Obama famously began his presidency by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. Now, on the seventh anniversary of doing so, it seems Obama is coming full circle and attempting to close this gap once and for all. A new proposal would require businesses to take action.

anonymous asked:

as an 18 year old first time voter- why hillary over bernie?

  • If you look at her voting record you can see that she’s an incredible progressive, even more so than our current progressive president Barack Obama.
  • Clinton also has a history of very liberal public statements. Clinton rates as a “hard core liberal” per the OnTheIssues.org scale. She is as liberal as Elizabeth Warren and barely more moderate than Bernie Sanders.
  • She has outlined the most pro-LGBT policy proposal that has ever been set forth by any presidential candidate. A specific proposal, not just rhetoric like Bernie.
  • She co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,
  • She sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • Bernie is not bad about the issue of gun-control, he’s HORRID, voting for the largest pro-gun legislation in decades.
  • Her Wall Street plan has been hailed by progressives like Elizabeth Warren for being the most comprehensive plan of all three Democratic candidates.
  • Bernie Sanders doesn’t discuss shadow banking in his own Wall Street plan, he also voted for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which blocked federal agencies from regulating credit default swaps. This Act is largely credited for being the heart of the 2008 financial crisis. 
  • Hillary has gotten campaign contributions from Wall Street, every senator from New York does. Wall Street is essentially a New York constituent, and she’s actually received less Wall Street money than President Barack Obama. That being said, her campaign contributions didn’t contribute to the financial crisis, Bernie’s vote did.
  • The Benghazi hearings illustrated grace under pressure. She withstood eleven hours of the most outright scrutiny from her most intense rivals, never once breaking a sweat.
  • Republicans are not campaigning against Bernie, because they know he is the weaker candidate. A lot of the anti-Hillary rhetoric you see is GOP circulated, and I refuse to be manipulated by it, or see Secretary Clinton from their warped inane view.
  • Bernie saying he out preforms Hillary in general election polls against a Republican candidate is a straight up lie.
  • Sander’s health-care proposal is a general overview on what he plans to do, with almost no specifics. Hillary Clinton was for universal healthcare since the early 90′s and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to pass and rework the Affordable Care Act, proposing specific ways to correct the fallacies of Obamacare and allow it to reach even more Americans with a lower cost than they are paying now.
  • Her plan on campus sexual assault.
  • Her plan on disability rights.
  • Her plan on K-12 education.
  • Her plan on criminal justice reform.
  • As a politician, Bernie Sanders goes out and speaks from a podium the same rousing speech over and over and over. He’s a stump speech politician, it’s a good tactic, it’s effective, it leads to headlines and his own personal mini-revolution. But…that means he never has to be questioned on his positions from the general public.
  • Hillary Clinton campaigns in town hall formats, she gets on the ground floor and takes questions from the audience. It’s subdued, it’s intimate, it’s not headline grabbing or particularly emotionally manipulative but it showcases her ability to talk about the issues the American people want to talk about. That she can answer any question, that she has specific responses to any problem, that she will listen.

I could honestly go on forever, but to me these are the qualities that differentiate Hillary Clinton from Bernie Sanders. A proven record of effectiveness, vast knowledge about the legal and political system, specific realistic outlines on how to improve our country, and the ability to be criticized and questioned with true open ears almost always responding with a collaborative attitude.

Women in America earn only  $0.79 for every $1 men earn, losing thousands of dollars over the course of their career. Since President Obama first signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act back in 2009, he’s continued to work to help close the gap. Just last week, he stood with Lilly Ledbetter as he announced new steps to advance equal pay for equal work. Learn more about the President’s recent actions at go.wh.gov/EqualPay.

pennmaster-deactivated20141028  asked:

A woman looking into going into media arts and commercial arts fields, I'm likely to be paid significantly less for my skills than a man with the same abilities. Will you continue to fight for equal gender pay?

Yes! And here at the White House, the President has insisted on equal pay for equal work. The President signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against their employees who share compensation information. The President has called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and of course, the very first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

anonymous asked:

has Hillary said anything specific about police brutality, raising the minimum wage or lowering rising tuition costs? To me she seems like a fine candidate for a white dem but fails to show any passion for the lives of poor people or people in poverty.

Just by going on her campaign website, you will be prompted to sign up and join if you support being in an era that stops mass incarceration, so I can say with certainty this is at the forefront of her campaign.

She has said:

“Black lives matter. Everyone in this country should stand firmly behind that. … Since this campaign started, I’ve been talking about the work we must do to address the systemic inequities that persist in education, in economic opportunity, in our justice system. But we have to do more than talk—we have to take action.”

If you read through her plan you’ll see among the main points are: ending mass incarceration, making body cameras available to every police department nationwide, ending racial profiling, creating nationwide guidelines for use of force, reforming mandatory minimum sentencing, ending private prisons, and helping former prisoners reintegrate into society.

Hillary’s first job out of law school was for the newly-formed Children’s Defense Fund, an organization she would later chair. The CDF has“partnered with numerous organizations and worked with policy makers to build bipartisan support to enact laws that have helped millions of children fulfill their potential and escape poverty because they received the health care, child care, nurturing, proper nutrition and education they deserve.

She has gone on the record saying we should raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour.

Also:

  • She was an original cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, and authored the 2006 and 2007 Standing with Minimum Wage Earners Act to tie Congressional salary increases to an increase in the minimum wage.
  • She worked to extend unemployment benefits for Americans who were out of work, cosponsoring amendments and bills to extend benefits through the end of 2003 and into 2004, and voting to provide emergency unemployment benefits during the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The Paycheck Fairness Act, which Hillary Clinton introduced in 2005 and 2007, would have amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to prevent employer retaliation against workers who claim wage discrimination, or workers who inquire about or discuss their wages. This concept was adopted, in part, by President Obama’s April 2014 Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their wages. 
  • She cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Obama. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was also introduced in 2007 and was cosponsored by Clinton.
  • As a Senator she opposed the Bush tax cuts for millionaires in 2001 and 2003 and she supported a variety of middle-class tax cuts, including tax credits for student loan recipients, and keeping in place the tax cuts for those who make under $250,000 a year.
  • She has consistently voted against repealing the estate tax on millionaires, doing so in 2001, 2002, and 2006.
  • As a senator she strengthened the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, introducing bills to allow states to expand the program that she helped create as First Lady. The program, created in 1997, has increased health coverage for millions of children in low-income and working families.