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ANOTHER GAFFE? BIDEN SAYS LILLY LEDBETTER ACT ‘NOT A BIG DEAL’ IN TERMS OF EQUAL PAY

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ANOTHER GAFFE? BIDEN SAYS LILLY LEDBETTER ACT ‘NOT A BIG DEAL’ IN TERMS OF EQUAL PAY

Joe Biden Says Lilly Ledbetter Act Not a Big Deal in Terms of Equal Pay in Florida

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a visit to Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. (Photo: AP)

The Democratic Party has spent months pushing the narrative that Republicans are waging a “war on women,” whether the focus is 31-year-old Sandra Fluke and her subsidized birth control or Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” remark.

Throughout the presidential campaign, President Obama has repeatedly cited the Lilly Ledbetter Act when asked about how he is rectifying unequal pay between men and women, touting it as one of the achievements of his presidency.

Obama added during last week’s presidential debate: “When Governor Romney’s campaign was asked about the Lilly Ledbetter bill, whether he supported it, he said, ‘I’ll get back to you.’  And that’s not the kind of advocacy that women need in any economy.”

But now, Vice President Joe Biden has somewhat contradicted the administration’s narrative, saying the act is actually “not a big deal in terms of equal pay.”

Speaking at a campaign event in Florida, the vice president explained:

Ryan voted ​against​ the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  All [it] said was if a woman finds out she’s been treated and treated wrongly– cheated in terms of her salary and benefits at work– that she’s able to sue from the moment she finds out.  That’s all it said.  Because they were locked out they said that if you didn’t learn within two years you were being cheated, then you’re out of luck.  But we changed the law.  It’s not a– it’s a big deal for women, but it’s not a big deal in terms of equal pay.  But it’s an important– and they couldn’t even support that.  Talk about being out of touch. [Emphasis added]

Biden clearly wasn’t trying to denigrate the act, but downplay it to say Republicans “couldn’t even support that.”  However, in stating it’s “not a big deal in terms of equal pay,” Biden appears to be undercutting the entire point of the bill– and any praise the president should receive for passing it.

by on Oct. 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Oct. 21, 2012 at 1:09 AM
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blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Oct. 21, 2012 at 2:55 AM

 Obama: Equal pay for thee but not for me?

While Obama made the empathetic case for his single mother and his belief in equal pay — pointing out that the first bill he signed as president was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — he did not address reports this year that demonstrated that his own White House pays women less than men. …

It’s true that Obama pushed for and passed the Lily Ledbetter Act. It’s also true that the only thing that law does is extend the statute of limitations for pay-discrimination lawsuits from 180 days from the violation to 180 days after the last paycheck issued that was impacted by that discrimination. That’s great for trial lawyers, but it hardly constitutes a ground-breaking reform. It didn’t even push the President who championed that bill into realigning West Wing pay to conform to his professed standards.

Once again, we have the contrast between a candidate who talks about an issue and a candidate whose record shows that he takes action on it. Usually that contrast favors the incumbent. Not this time.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/17/obama-equal-pay-for-thee-but-not-for-me/

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Oct. 21, 2012 at 3:01 AM
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Biden...how many ppl know somebody who served in Iraq or IRAN!? We do not have troops in Iran, Joe Biden!!

imamomzilla
by on Oct. 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

 A HEART-BEAT AWAY...........

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