TPJ: This is yet another example of the Republican Party not understanding women's needs and whittling away at their rights. The examples of this concerted effort by Republicans are numerous (click here for link to examples). I about had to lift my wife's jaw off the floor when we heard Republican strategist Alex Castellanos say that it's not true that women make less than men for equal work. His absolute disregard that women still deal with pay inequities, (despite being increasingly the main earner in a household) reminds me of the recent House of Representatives committee hearing on contraception held by Republicans. It looked like a "Madmen" skit out of the 1950s because it lacked any female, Congressional leaders!! If the Republican Party was sincerely concerned about women and their needs/rights, why would they completely shut out women Congressional leaders from a hearing on birth control?Host David Gregory asked the panel to discuss how GOP candidate Mitt Romney can court female voters, whom Gregory referred to as "the real deciders of the race." Maddow said that if Romney would like to talk about women and the economy, he should root his arguments in policy. "Our best debates happen when we're talking about policy," she said. Maddow started to argue that women make less money than men, but Castellanos interrupted her. "Women don't make less than men?" she pressed. "Actually, if you start looking at the numbers, Rachel, there are lots of reasons for that," Castellanos said." Right now women are making 77 cents on every dollar that men are making," Maddow said, attempting to frame her argument again. "But that's not true, If so, every greedy business man in America would only hire women, save 25 percent and be hugely profitable," Castellanos said."
Combine all this with a trend in Republican led state legislatures toward cutting back reproductive rights, and you gotta wonder, "How can any women support the Republican Party?!!" By the way, the cable news network where Castellanos works, CNN, says he is wrong about the facts on "equal pay, for equal work."
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