Well, my sistren and brethren, after a month of “Hope and “Change,” are you feeling sufficiently represented by your new “progressive” government?
In my case, the answer to that question is a resounding, “Hell, no!”
Legislatively, the Obama Administration has failed to impress. The Lilly Ledbetter Act finally passed, but without the Paycheck Fairness Act, it’s only good for punishing employers after they have already been paying women less based on their sex. To make a real change in the daily lives of women and their families, we needed the tougher regulations the Paycheck Fairness Act would have imposed. As for the fabled stimulus package, when the President wanted to garner Republican votes, how did he reach across the aisle? By cutting Planned Parenthood funding, which helps poor women gain access to birth control. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was furious at this betrayal, stating in an interview that cutting the funding actually increased the size of the stimulus bill by $700 million.
And of course, not one Republican vote was gained by this tactic.
In the category of gender equity in his Cabinet, President Obama gets an “F.” He could not even bring himself to do any better than George W. Bush.
That’s just sad.
In other Cabinet news, let’s not forget that the important posts of Health and Human Services and Commerce are both still open, due to Tom Daschle’s tax cheating and Bill Richardson’s questionable business dealings. American women desperately need a new HHS Secretary to overturn Bush’s “conscience rule.” If you haven’t heard of this disgusting decree, it states that teh wimminz cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies. No, we must give ourselves over to the “consciences” of those who provide health care to us. For example, if your pharmacist deems that birth control pills are “wrong,” so be it. If you’re in a more rural area, you will just have to drive 80 miles round trip to the next pharmacy, hoping against hope that the pharmacist will be kind enough to honor your prescription. And that’s just the beginning, folks.
As for the economic crisis, women will be the ones who suffer the most from the Obama Administration’s mistakes and failures, since 70% of the world’s poor are female. Golly gee whiz, wouldn’t it be a good thing to have a Secretary of Commerce who could start re-regulating the mortgage lenders, banks, credit card companies and hedge fund managers who got us into this mess right about now? No, no, those things have to wait while the corporate pigs stick their snouts into the Treasury trough and hoover up one TRILLION more taxpayer dollars.
But Ms. Magazine says Obama is a feminist, so these things must all be coincidences, right? Ha! Do we really need to go there? Rick Warren? Larry Summers? Jon Favreau? Reverend Wright? Father Pfleger?
The question is, what are we going to do about this situation? Are we going to sit back and take it? Are we going to watch while our new “progressive” President continues to take this country in the wrong direction for women?
Or are we going to fight? Are we going to finally join hands and scream: “No More Taxation Without Representation?”
Dr. Violet Socks wrote in November that she was considering a tax protest. Well, how about it, ladies and gentlemen? How about we join with other like-minded groups to organize the biggest march on Washington in the history of this country? How about we start calling our representatives in Congress and telling them that we need to see REAL CHANGE in Washington, or they won’t be getting our money on April 15th? And put our feet where our mouths are?
We want the Paycheck Fairness Act. We want the ERA ratified. We want an end to institutionalized misogyny. A woman is not three-quarters of a person. Why is it acceptable to pay us and treat us as if we are?
It’s time to tell these so-called public servants that we are their bosses, and if they don’t do what we want, they’re FIRED.
Who’s with me?