“Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”
~ Lewis Carroll (author of Alice in Wonderland) – 1832 - 1898
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argued against the Paycheck Fairness Act today . . . not on the merits of the bill but by implying that since women have suffered economically since the Great Recession, they don’t need (or deserve?) equal pay.
Sounds fairly convoluted to me but let’s play fair with the poor old senator from Kentucky by looking at the honorable senator’s exact words.
You may well find it hard to believe, but here’s what Senator McConnell said: “Under this president’s watch, more than 3.7 million American women have fallen into poverty. The average American woman now makes about $730.00 less than when the president took office. And, if she’s a college graduate, she’s actually seen her income shrink by about double that amount.”
How does any of that justify McConnell and his GOP playmates in the senate voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act?
Does Mitch actually believe that America has forgotten that the ‘Obama Economy’, also known as the ‘Great Recession’, is a George W. Bush legacy?
Does Mitch think that we weren’t listening when every Obama initiative to rebuild the economy in the past 5 plus years was soundly rejected by McConnell and his lobbyist-led colleagues in the House and Senate?
McConnell went on to complete his thought (?) by saying, “In other words, when it comes to American women overall, what we’ve seen over the past five and a half years is less income and more poverty. That’s the story Senate Democrats don’t want to talk about.”
Senate Democrats of course would not agree.
Democrats, after all, have been talking about just that story . . . the absurd story that, in the United States of America in 2014, even after the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, women are still paid less than men.
Making that story even more unbelievable is the realization that the GOP, led mainly by old white men like Mitch McConnell, would gleefully continue to make every effort to block legislation that would make equal pay for women the law of the land.
That Mitch McConnell would dare to verbalize these convolutions in public makes me wonder . . . how contrariwise does he think America’s logic may be?
On second thought, perhaps I should be wondering, just how contrariwise can poor old McConnell’s logic be?
What do you think?
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