Wendy Davis Finds Unlikely Republican Ally on Key Legislation

wendyI’ve said many times before that the Republican party is essentially an entire political ideology built on talking points.  It doesn’t matter if what they’re saying or doing doesn’t make any sense, it just needs to sound right.

When it comes to “equal pay for women” legislation, basically what it boils down to is Republicans won’t support any kind of government that’s not related to social issues (such as limits on abortion or bans on same-sex marriage), therefore naturally they oppose legislation that would allow women to sue if they were paid less for equal work.

Even if it makes sense.

It’s something Wendy Davis supports and it’s something Republican David Dewhurst, Texas’ Lt. Governor, apparently supports as well.  It’s a stance Dewhurst had to recently defend by saying, “I was raised by a single mom who taught me from day one, equal pay for equal women.”

Though neither current Governor Rick Perry nor potential governor Greg Abbott do.  In fact, in 2011, Rick Perry vetoed legislation that would have allowed women to sue if they were discriminated against in the workplace.  Something Greg Abbott has said he would also do if elected governor.

So let’s break this down.  Texas, a state with a very conservative legislature, passes legislation which would protect women against unfair pay in the workplace.  The current Republican Lt. Governor supports the legislation, it has bipartisan support in the state legislature and the prospective Democratic candidate for governor has made it a cornerstone of her campaign.

Yet, with all of that bipartisan support, Rick Perry and Greg Abbott still oppose the legislation.

It makes absolutely no sense.

This is just another great example of just how out of touch Rick Perry and Greg Abbott truly are.  Heck, how out of touch much of the Republican party truly is.

Something as simple as saying women should receive equal pay for equal work, and if they’re not they should be allowed to sue, shouldn’t be a partisan issue.  But for these far-right leaning conservatives it is.

It’s truly stunning that in 2014 we’re still having this debate at all.  Then again, when it comes to the Republican party, does any amount of ridiculousness really surprise anyone anymore?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pipercat

    Greg got his, so the rest of us can screw off. I fear he’d push for more tort reform and make it harder for folks to exercise their 7th amendment rights.

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  • shopper

    Even if it is a law, employers can still find ways to pay women less – you can have the same job title, more years of experience and they can claim the guy does a better job (or something) so unless they base salaries only on titles and experience, and ignore merit – good luck!!