Archive for August 19, 2012
Pundits and politicians who oppose the President this year like to mock President Obama’s record. In fact, common wisdom has it that Republicans wanted the Presidential election to be a referendum on President Obama rather than a choice between him and his Republican opponent. Putting aside some of the intentional misrepresentation of that record, what can we say about what the President has been doing? It would be worthwhile to discuss the things President Obama has done, in a series of articles leading up to the election.
Let’s start at the beginning. The very first bill that President Obama signed into law, on January 29, 2009, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The bill was named after a woman who retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1998, who then sued her former employer for having paid her less, throughout her career, than her male counterparts. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations had expired on her claim; according to what was then the current law, a claimant had to allege discrimination within 180 days of its occurrence. Ms. Ledbetter had been hired many years previously, and the discrimination had been ongoing for many bad years — since 1979 — without legal action.