The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed, despite "moderate" Republican attempts to destroy it with amendments; now we turn our attention to H.R. 12, a.k.a. the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1965 so that, you know, women enjoy equal pay. Specifically, the act would change much of the wording of current law to better reflect the difficulties women face in getting equal pay, would fund negotiation skills training for girls and women, and would require more data collection on pay disparities. The U.S. Census Bureau has been telling us for years that women make around 75 cents for every dollar men make -- even adjusting the data for factors such as similar job titles and experience, etc., don't yield a figure much higher than that, and women still face discrimination in even getting to the point where they have similar job titles and experience. The point is, women should be making a dollar for every dollar men make. The ACLU provides the contact tool.
Americans United has stated that the current stimulus bill makes progress in keeping church/state separation principles intact. The House version of H.R. 1 doesn't fund religious schools, but does fund the Compassion Capital Fund, which (as we know from living under Mr. Bush for eight years) directly funds religious institutions and permits them to discriminate in hiring. How many times must I tell these pimps! If you want federal money, you have to follow federal laws, and that means don't discriminate in hiring. But the Senate version of H.R. 1, strangely enough, doesn't fund either religious schools or the Compassion Capital Fund. Let's try and keep it that way. AU provides the contact tool.
Meanwhile, H.R. 669, the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act, shall, in its own inimitable words, direct the Secretary of the Interior to "promulgate regulations that establish a process for assessing the risk of all nonnative wildlife species proposed for importation into the United States." The bill would also establish a list of "approved species" for importation and assess penalties for importing, well, unapproved species. The bill would even allow the Secretary to issue permits for importing unapproved species, "for scientific research, medical, accredited zoological or aquarium display purposes," et cetera. Congress seems to have put the right amount of thought into this bill, so Union for Concerned Scientists helps you support it.
In other news, Greg Palast (a.k.a. America's last reporter) has, rather unexpectedly, written a tome praising Mr. Obama's performance so far, especially insofar as Mr. Obama only "pretends" to listen to Republicans. I wish it were so. As commenter number two suggests, Mr. Obama started out by compromising with Republicans -- for example, he didn't insist on any tax increases for the rich in the bill, which this economy (and any moral society) desperately needs. And the "liberal" media isn't praising Mr. Obama for "post-partisanship" right now -- they've already decided that if zero Republicans vote for a stimulus bill, then the bill isn't "bipartisan" enough. How many times must I tell these pimps! Americans don't want "bipartisan" government; they want good government. Only the fat and lazy "liberal" media elites want "bipartisan" government, and by "bipartisan" they mean "let's all come together to give the Republicans whatever they want." We need a new circle of Hell for these clowns.