...Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed...
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) US Founding Father
Not a flip-flop, just your every day liberal talk the talk only to perform the obfuscation sashay.
Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males On average, women working in Obama's Senate office were paid at least $6,000 below the average man working for the Illinois senator. That's according to data calculated from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate, which covered the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 2007. Of the five people in Obama's Senate office who were paid $100,000 or more on an annual basis, only one -- Obama's administrative manager -- was a woman.
The average pay for the 33 men on Obama's staff (who earned more than $23,000, the lowest annual salary paid for non-intern employees) was $59,207. The average pay for the 31 women on Obama's staff who earned more than $23,000 per year was $48,729.91. (The average pay for all 36 male employees on Obama's staff was $55,962; and the average pay for all 31 female employees was $48,729. The report indicated that Obama had only one paid intern during the period, who was a male.)
McCain, an Arizona senator, employed a total of 69 people during the reporting period ending in the fall of 2007, but 23 of them were interns. Of his non-intern employees, 30 were women and 16 were men. After excluding interns, the average pay for the 30 women on McCain's staff was $59,104.51. The 16 non-intern males in McCain's office, by comparison, were paid an average of $56,628.83.
I like to read Weapons of Mass Discussion. It is a fun, but always informative site. Matt delivers the type of knowledge and activism that makes our system work and win elections. I emailed Matt after his piece about Lori Viars because I know Lori, like Lori and respect Lori. Matt answered me in a forthright and open reply that I disagree with, but that is our system.
Disagreement should not be disagreeable among friends, allies and peers. Disagreement makes us stronger. Disagreeable makes us the minority.
Many conservative/moderate Republicans work together to enlarge our reach and the good of the people and our country enduring disagreement without being disagreeable. At the "Ford" convention I disagreed with many and chose to whole heartily support and work for Ronald Reagan, but those on both sides chose to be disagreeable.
I wasn't trying to be contrary though I came by it honestly. My father, as a Goldwater delegate, took me to my first convention in '64 and had to explain his "traitorous" behavior for shouting, "That's the sonuvab*tch we should run" after Reagan's speech. That we shortly after the convention met with Strom Thurman, Jesse Helms (then Democrats) and Fulton Lewis, Jr only further confused my young mind.
It was my father's death in 1967 that caused me to reflect and try to understand those events and my father's place in them. The incredible number of people who attended his funeral and personally wrote to me after to explain their disagreement, but also their admiration for his passion and devotion to his beliefs helped explain a contrarian's place in the workforce of American ideals.
As I said before, I know Lori Viars, I like Lori Viars and I respect Lori Viars. A few weeks ago Lori and I discussed the very subject of Matt's post and I know she has intellectually and as a matter of faith struggled with the depth of her involvement in a McCain campaign. I have tried to consistently urge that we all work toward a McCain victory because the option is really no option.
I will never worry about Lori Viars because I have broken bread with her (actually broken fortune cookies) and Lori has watched my back as others attacked me for personal reasons in a political situation. Lori is one of the most consistent, honest and hardest working people I have come to know in Ohio politics.
This is not an attack on Matt. He is, as well, in the trenches doing important work. This is a defense of a great person and it is a defense of our conservative strength; unity and teamwork once the decision to move forward has been made. This is a defense of disagreemnt, but not of disagreeable behavior.