Here’s the other video from 2008 from youtubers Shut the Freud Up. This one covered a different controversy and highlights two very prominent Democrats:
Ahhh, yes, you can’t make this stuff up, folks. That was the week where Donna Brazile called us the “old coalition” and made it sound like we couldn’t speak without drooling all over ourselves. Memories.
Don’t let the Democrats rewrite history. They’ve got to make amends before they even attempt to claim the moral high ground in the “war on women”. Otherwise, they’re just cynical bastards playing the political equivalent of a professional wrestling match. They don’t mean a word they’re saying.
The Democratic party was destroyed in 2008 and women were the losers in that battle. The party only looked united because the financial crisis in September of that year made voting for a Republican completely out of the question for many people, even the ones who didn’t give a damn what happened to Barack Obama and his party. But the rift started to show up in 2010. And now, the Democrats are trying to figure out how to get independent women back. Let me remind them that some of those independent women were true blue, pro-choice, liberal Democrats before the Democrats cut us loose in 2008 and we are not happy about being tossed aside by the Democrats like some unclean things in 2008 only to be attacked in 2012 by the maniacs on the right. We know what the Democrats are trying to do and they are going to have to Try. Harder.
We’d be insane if we accepted anything less than an apology and more vigorous pushback. No more Chellie Pingree incidences. That’s just to start. And if your candidate can’t be bothered to pursue women’s rights as aggressively as he pursued the White House, replace him. This summer is going to get really ugly for all of us because the Republicans are determined to get control. If Obama’s schtick fails to work this year, tell him to step aside.
One final thing: The Republicans aren’t done yet with women. There’s one big thing they can still hit before the end. It’s the Family Leave Act. Listen up all you pregnant working women. Ask yourself how the Democrats are going to react when the Republicans go after this piece of legislation. You might very well be told that you should go home to have your baby and not come back to work. These are tough economic times. Employers need to have the flexibility to hire workers when they need them. This regulation is killing their bottom line and preventing them from hiring new workers. They can’t afford to have an open position for 6 months. And there are a lot of men out there who are unemployed and need work. That’s a burden on the state. Folks, we are paying women to have their babies and stay home for six months eating bon-bons while some family man waits for his unemployment check. Why don’t these women want to stay with their children and take care of them? Why have children at all if you’re just going to turn them over to the care of strangers? <Insert metaphor comparing working mothers with some disgusting animal that gives birth and either abandons or eats its young and then goes on to have a lot more sex.>
Sick? Crazy? Au contraire. The Republicans know their target audience all too well.
Maybe the Republicans won’t go that far. But if they do, the truth won’t matter. They’ll make it sound like a 6 month paid vacation instead of a guarantee of a job after months without pay.
And what will Obama do when confronted with the choice between employing guys and protecting the jobs of millions of women? I don’t even want to think about it. Remember, Michelle Obama decided to court stay-at-home moms when she became first lady. She took a very low profile position, gardened and played June Cleaver when her two children were already in school full time. She wanted to send a message and she has. Working women are not important to the White House. That was the message I heard loud and clear and the impression was reinforced with Ron Suskind’s book, Confidence Men, and every time women’s reproductive rights were sacrificed for Obama’s legislative “accomplishments”.
The Democrats and the Obama administration made all of these choices and may be very shocked when they come back to bite them in the ass. They either weren’t thinking or they were thinking with very male brains.
The New York Times asks a very good question: Where is the next Gloria Steinem of the women’s movement?
And then buries it in the Fashion and Style section.
Paul Krugman is worried about the state of employer based benefits since the beginning of the Lesser Depression. The graph is ugly:
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to Paul. My industry is busily shedding jobs as quickly as it can and hiring back some workers as independent contractors or at CROs where they do not have to provide benefits. That’s for the employee to work out with the contracting firm. The health insurance is expensive. Many people try to do without. And this is only going to get worse with the Affordable Care Act because when the mandate kicks in, there will be absolutely no reason why employers should hire in-house at all. By the way, did you know that contractors who are self employed are also not entitled to any kind of employment protections? Yep, the employer can discriminate against you and you have the right to walk away from the job. That’s the extent of your labor protections. So, to recap: laying off and hiring workers back as contractors is a very, very sweet deal for employers and they will take advantage of the ACA to do more laying off. Do not expect them to pass the savings on to you.
If the last four years could have been worse for working people, I can’t imagine how.
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Anyway, I’ve got a lot to do today so my comments may be sparse.
For those of you who missed the first video from Shutthefreudup from 2008, here it is: