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Dana Perino, in her days as George W. Bush's
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Former George W. Bush press secretary and current Fox News personality Dana Perino explains why the Paycheck Fairness Act, rather than leveling the playing field for women currently facing wage discrimination, is all a big distraction as politics and as policy:

Well that it's just yet another distraction of dealing with the bigger, major financial issues that this country should try to be dealing with. This is not a job creator. This will actually—there is an argument that it could actually hurt women. I'm for equal pay for women for doing the work that they do. I'm also for flexibility for women to be able to go to different companies, shop around for where they want to work for the best sort of benefits they can get or some flexibility, because women are also helping raise the next generation of people. Interesting story in The Wall Street Journal today that there is an amazing crop of women right now that are on the verge of becoming CEO in the next five to ten years.
Whoa, hold up. Dana Perino is concerned that Congress might vote on a bill that's not a job creator? Where has this concern been every single time the John Boehner House has done any damn thing, since you know they haven't been passing job creation bills? Because this is a very high standard to demand that every bill create jobs, that only going as far as making it more likely people will be paid fairly for the work they do is insufficient to rate as anything better than a distraction.

But never mind that. Dana Perino, a woman making loads of money, says that within five to 10 years there will be a significant increase in the tiny number of women making loads of money as CEOs. Therefore legislation to help the vast majority of women who are not CEOs or Fox News commentators get fair pay is a distraction from "the bigger, major financial issues that this country should try to be dealing with" because women should "shop around for where they want to work for the best sort of benefits they can get or some flexibility." Yeah, women trying to pay the rent and feed their kids and faced with the choice between unemployment and unequal wages can just go "shop around."

It's just that easy, right? But in Dana Perino's experience, it probably is.

Tell your senators to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and Daily Kos.

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  •  I wonder if Dana (8+ / 0-)

    knows what Ari Fleischer's salary was.  


    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:21:20 PM PDT

  •  i wonder if she earned as much (3+ / 0-)
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    HappyinNM, jennyp, elwior

    as tony snow?

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:29:42 PM PDT

  •  Since when (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    HappyinNM, elwior

    do Republican dittoheads have to shop around for jobs???  

    They just move from one 1%-funded think tank to Fox News to the next 1%-funded think tank in between elections.

    Or they write books and the 1%-funded think tanks buy up the entire publishing run and give them away at their stupid conferences.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:30:05 PM PDT

  •  This is such a winning topic for Dems. (5+ / 0-)

    No matter what the Republicans say or who says it, they can't help but to sound crass. They can't help it because their point of view just flat-out sucks.

    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    by NMDad on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:30:25 PM PDT

  •  If there aren't a lot of jobs, how in the hell (2+ / 0-)
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    jennyp, elwior

    are women supposed to shop around for the one that suits them best?  Also, if a lot of women go unemployed to do this, and the Republicans cut govt. assistance programs that could help with basic things, won't those women actually be in dire straits looking for anything?...

    Don't pursue measures to usher in fairness... wait for it to come to you...

  •  Everything's a distraction, Dana. (5+ / 0-)

    Everything that makes you and yours look callous and mean-spirited. What isn't a distraction? Obama's birth certificate?

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:40:17 PM PDT

  •  The same idiot who didnt know what the Bay of Pigs (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elwior, Mogolori

    invasion was about?

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:53:19 PM PDT

  •  Distraction my ass (3+ / 0-)
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    JDPITALIA, sfcouple, dkosdan

    If it were a distraction you would ignore it and push towards other policy issues.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Tue May 01, 2012 at 07:39:49 AM PDT

  •  Fox News is a distraction from reality. (9+ / 0-)

    I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point -- race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.- Molly Ivins

    by shoeless on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:11:54 AM PDT

  •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:15:49 AM PDT

  •  O/T Help! (0+ / 0-)

    For some reason, I do not have the option to Rec/Hide about half the Comments on this page. Other Comments have the option. Does anyone know what's happening?

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:22:47 AM PDT

  •  GOPocrisy (0+ / 0-)

    Defiition:  If a Republican says it, wait a day or two and they will will say something directly contradictory.

    Impeach Grover Norquist! Defeat a Republican!

    by NM Ray on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:23:44 AM PDT

  •  Help CRUSH women's rights. (1+ / 0-)
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    Help CRUSH women's rights: Vote Republican

    This should be all that needs to be said.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:24:09 AM PDT

  •  Pssstt...Ari Fleischer made twice as much as you (4+ / 0-)
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    msmacgyver, TKO333, AllanTBG, sethtriggs

    Don't let that deter you, though, from your single-minded dedication to the profession of distraction and disinformation.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:24:17 AM PDT

  •  A Distraction is aything unfavorable to Republican (0+ / 0-)

    Impeach Grover Norquist! Defeat a Republican!

    by NM Ray on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:25:11 AM PDT

  •  It's ALWAYS that easy (2+ / 0-)
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    idbecrazyif, Dirk McQuigley

    for the Dana Perinos of this world.  That's one of the reasons they get hired, and that's why they say all of this.  Sean Hannity never had to exist on beans and rice.  It's the rugged individualism, free-market do-it-yourself mentality that doesn't ring true for most of those espousing it.

  •  You too can be a CEO in five to 10 years (2+ / 0-)

    Perino makes a comfortable living these days. She can afford to wait 5-10 to be CEO of a corporation. Single moms and women in families living paycheck to paycheck can't afford to wait. They can't ask their parents to loan them $10 million to start a business like Tagg did to Willard and Ann.

  •  Translation from Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    Remember Republican is a language distinctly different from English. The term

    job creator
    , as used by Ms. Perino translates roughly as tax reduction or tax cut.
  •  They're actually doubling and tripling down (1+ / 0-)
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    ..on the ridiculous notion that fair pay laws aren't necessary because there is no problem and women are always fairly compensated.

    What does the GOP do when faced with a backlash over their harmful stances on women's issues?  Deny reality and statical data to instead double down by sending out female surrogates to advocate for the same policies!

    Yes, that's right, the only possible reason the GOP is having trouble with women is because they don't have enough women on the campaign trail!

    This is beyond delusional.

  •  STOP reporting as if this is real. (4+ / 0-)

    There isn't a failure to recognize the attack on women with Republicans and those who distort the news and try to re-frame the argument.  

    What I keep hearing from reporters are the confused responses to those repeating the republican talking points, as if there aren't facts to back up the argument that Republicans are attacking women, on every front.

    Those facts are bills signed by the GOP since 2012.  These aren't opinions, they are rock solid facts.  So how do Republicans respond to this?  They LIE.  Yes, they LIE.  They respond as if there isn't any "war on women" and they do it with a straight face.  

    Dana Perino is lying when she said paycheck fairness is a distraction, and SHE KNOWS IT.  She is very much aware of how women earn less then men for performing the same job, but the Republicans don't have facts on their side so they LIE and present their side as if there isn't a problem.

    This is a lie.   Reporters need to STOP acting confused when they respond to a republican who is saying there isn't a war on women, or women's health care, or a woman's right to choose or forcing women to have an ultrasound or any of these issues that are REAL.

    Reporters need to start using the word LIE more often.

    Facts are on our side, and we need to stop being so polite.  

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:54:23 AM PDT

  •  Another Dispatch from the Bubble (1+ / 0-)

    Delivered by a Clueless, BobbleHead SockPuppet.

    Maybe Dana Perino can get that CEO Job WHEN the
    POX Noise Channel is Crushed by the Murdoch BRIBERY

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Wed May 02, 2012 at 07:01:41 AM PDT

  •  Yep, shop around for better jobs (4+ / 0-)

    because there are just so many of them.

    I'm also for flexibility for women to be able to go to different companies, shop around for where they want to work for the best sort of benefits they can get or some flexibility, because women are also helping raise the next generation of people.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Wed May 02, 2012 at 07:03:22 AM PDT

  •  The Paycheck Fairness Act (1+ / 0-)
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    couild actually HURT women??????

    OMG.....I am going to my boss right now to demand a decrease in my salary!

  •  Shop around for benefits? I don't know what (3+ / 0-)

    country Dana Perino lives in but it's not the same as the one I'm living in,
    In the country where I live you take what benefits they give you and you hope that they didn't increase the co-pay and the deductible. You are genuinely pleased with the 2.3% pay raise because you can almost maintain your standard of living and it beat the hell out of the  2 years w/o any increase.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Wed May 02, 2012 at 07:39:30 AM PDT

  •  Dana Perino is a "personality" ? (1+ / 0-)

    Only on Fox.

    As vapid and empty-headed as she is, she might be the perfect VP choice for Mitt.  She checks the female box.  She is employed by Fox. She has no visible connection to reality. She knows incredibly little about history, geography, and economics for a person with her resume.

    She's perfect !

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Wed May 02, 2012 at 08:04:57 AM PDT

  •  Endemic right-wing cluelessness (0+ / 0-) around for where they want to work for the best sort of benefits..
    Or, as usual just pulling stuff out of her butt and spewing it on unsuspecting moronic Fox-fiends via cable teevee.

    Dissatisfaction with democratic government is substantially due to economic globalization. We either rein in the corporations or Nation States will continue to diminish in stature, power and their ability to protect and serve their citizenry.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed May 02, 2012 at 08:16:47 AM PDT

  •  The problem is... (0+ / 0-)

    Dana's wee brain doesn't understand the issue. It needs to be explained to her in GOPer-speak.
    Call it the "CEO Women's Compensation Package Fairness Act" and she could then grasp and get behind the concept.
    Any law that would help women making the median-income or less would require her brain to do something akin to abstract thought for a GOPer.

  •  Perino Provides Dems with an Opportunity (0+ / 0-)

    Perino Provides Dems with an opportunity, since she is a Bush admin retread.  Whenever anyone speaks of her always remind the audience that her views on women will only provide the same kind of mushy meaninglessness that women got out of the policies of the Bush presidency.  Romney's team is full of Bush holdovers and hence are useful in attempting to make it clear to voters that a Romney presidency is nothing short of a repeat of Bush.

    When arguing on the blogs, making your case in from the the cameras, etc.  don't forget to draw this distinction.  Right now the Romney team is not deep in women they can call on, since the Bush administration had few women that were of any consequence, and the few they did have like Huges, Rice, and Perino proved themselves totally in over their heads in terms of actually providing solutions other than the kinds of platitudes Perino is attempting to resell here.

    The GOP has to go with these women because this is all that Romney, save his wife and she is nearly as out of touch as he is.  Never mention these women's names without making sure people are reminded of the folly they were and remain associated with.

  •  Does anyone else (0+ / 0-)

    find it jarring that


    "there is an amazing crop of women right now that are on the verge of becoming CEO in the next five to ten years."
    Why is it amazing?  Do we think it amazing that there is crop of men about to be named CEO of their corporations?

    The crop of women has to be amazing. . .why?  I think it would rather be "long past due. . ."

    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Wed May 02, 2012 at 09:21:49 AM PDT

  •  Out of touch... (0+ / 0-)

    Perino fails to take into account the hundreds of thousands of women across the country who are toiling, not as corporate warriors in middle or upper management striving to break into the vastly-predominately all boys club at the top of the corporate ladder, but as mostly "unskilled" labor making minimum wage (or less).  And, for many of the women in the skilled and professional job markets, women traditionally hold positions adverse to advancement.  

    For these women, their careers aren't what they pursue as a part of their identity, a fulfillment of a dream.  Their jobs are what they do, what they have to do to raise that next generation Perino so eloquently invoked.

    And it these women, as well as the future Meg Whitman's of the nation, that bills like the Paycheck Fairness Act means to protect.  

  •  Although It Has Probably Escaped Perino's Notice (0+ / 0-)

    ... the job market is still tight for just about everyone, especially women, minorities, and minority women.

    I'm also for flexibility for women to be able to go to different companies, shop around for where they want to work for the best sort of benefits they can get or some flexibility...
    Yeah, flexibility.  That means bending over backwards to accommodate the employer(s) in order to scrape together enough hours/wages (forget benefits) to maintain an existence.

    "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

    by midnight lurker on Wed May 02, 2012 at 10:03:30 AM PDT

  •  "It's just another distraction" (0+ / 0-)

    Listen, quit trying to distract us from the important work for men by talking about these things that are silly and trivial feminine nonsense such as equal pay, so-called 'women's rights' and the laughable fiction of 'women getting affordable healthcare' and so forth.   Men have no time for such laughable nonsense, and cannot be bothered to listen to the preening chatter and prattle of high-pitched feminine voices about equal pay, when real men's work sits and waits to be done.  Your tiny, atrophied girl brains can't understand this, but we have real men's work to do.      Now get back in the kitchen and get back to work.

    Yours Truly,

    The 2012 Republican Party

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