Women’s Right to Equal Pay Repealed in Wisconsin

April 19, 2012

If you are not up to date with the situation in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker (R) was elected in 2010 and repealed teacher’s collective bargaining rights in order to “balance the budget.” Since he had made no mention of this plan before he ran, Wisconsinites organized a Recall Walker campaign, and there will be a recall election this Fall. Now he has gone to far.

Without even making a statement, Walker signed a bill on April 5th which repealed  2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. He finally explained his reasoning when he was asked about the bill saying that lawyers were using the law to “clog up the legal system.”

“In the past, lawyers could clog up the legal system,” Walker said. “Instead, the state Department of Workforce Development gets to be the one that ultimately can put people back and give them up to two years back pay if there is reason to believe there was pay discrimination in the workforce.”

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was passed to prevent employees from being discriminated against by their employers by allowing women to press charges more easily. Instead of going to the more expensive federal court, women were able to take their cases to the state court system.

Women start seeing discrimination in the workplace as soon as they get out of college.  The American Association of University

Scott Walker on February 18, 2011

Scott Walker on February 18, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women found that women earned 5 percent less than their male counterparts the first year out of college. After ten years, even if women and men keep working on par in their jobs, women earn 12 percent less.

This action only proves that Walker is willing to run over anything if he thinks he could save a bit of money. Teachers rights?! Who needs those? Unfortunately the men and women who have the tremendous responsibility to educate the states’ children need them. His policies contributed to the 4,600 private sector jobs lost in Wisconsin last month. I started out supporting him, but it is clear to me that there is no way to have a clear conscience and simultaneously support this man.


The Sentence I Overheard That Made ME Liberal

April 15, 2012

Capitalism has been associated with freedom, opportunity, risk, success; the list goes on and on. Communism is often associated with the complete loss of individuality. It seems, however, that a college that costs $40,000 sans room and board is the furthest thing from opportunity. With 1 in 6 children in Milwaukee living in poverty, the notion that America is a land of opportunity seems awfully far-fetched.

I am fortunate enough to attend a high school with tuition exceeding ten-thousand dollars per year. For years I had been under the opinion that Capitalism was what made higher education possible; this idea was based upon what I was taught by others, for I had never put much effort into researching what made my education possible. The school is located in a relatively poor neighborhood, and after school one afternoon I was waiting to be picked up, when a group of 4 or 5 teenagers walked by the school. The next thing I heard is something I can never forget.

“HA, the students that go to that motherfucker walk around with 10 G’s in their back pocket!”

Perhaps the education I took for granted was denied to most children, children that would give anything to switch places with me. This

Kerry State School

Kerry State School (Photo credit: Rana X.)

is what made me realize that the notion that “America is the land of equal opportunity,” is not based on facts, but on manipulated opinions given to the general public by people who can afford to pay millions to keep their billions. Perhaps there can be no “equal opportunity” when there is absolutely no equality in the education system.

America is not Charlie Scheen, despite what the media has caused most people to believe, America is not always winning. Let me be clear, America is LOSING. We are losing ground faster than ever before. It is appalling to see presidential candidates deny that they ever cared about education reform in order to gain support.

Few people know that Canada’s McGill University costs $1,900 per year, even fewer realize that it is ranked higher than 3 Ivy League schools. I have decided to work on Daniel Riemer’s campaign for Representative in the State Assembly in Wisconsin’s new 7th District. I have decided that I will work as hard as possible to assure that no child is left behind because their parents could not afford to spend $40,000 on their high school education. To learn more about Daniel’s campaign or to contribute to someone who brings hope to Wisconsin’s struggling public school system due to Scott Walker’s policies see: http://riemerforassembly.com/