Thursday, June 03, 2010

The GOOD and the Bad

----Of course, I'll start out with the good.


If you've read this blog before, you know I'm a big fan of President Obama. When President Obama became President, he was left an economic disaster, two wars, huge unemployment, bank failures, failures in diplomacy, etc., etc. President Obama has done a great job trying to straighten out the mess left by his predecessor.

Just like Lenny Kates says, "Be grateful for President Obama." (see post at Daily Kos) I am grateful! He has made tough decisions and has tried to right the wrongs of the previous administration. More of us need to stand up and say, "I am grateful for President Obama." In doing this, we can shut up the loud, right wing, obnoxious, NO-voting, Republicans.


* The Bad: Sexual Discrimination is Bad!

There are several reasons that I don't shop at Wal-Mart. Here is another one---NY Times:

Lawyers Warned Wal-Mart of Risks Years Before Bias Suit

...The law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, found widespread gender disparities in pay and promotion at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and urged the company to take basic steps — like posting every job opening and creating specific goals to promote women and minorities — to avoid liability....

....The report examined employment patterns at all Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. It found that men employed by Wal-Mart as department managers, an hourly position, earned 5.8 percent more than women in those positions in 1993 ($236.80 versus $223.70). Men in salaried jobs earned $644.20 a week compared with $540.50 for women.

Akin Gump also found large disparities in job assignments. Fifty-five percent of women were initially hired as cashiers compared with 12 percent of men. Twenty-nine percent of men were initially hired in receiving jobs like unloading, which generally pay at least 20 percent more than cashier jobs, compared with 7 percent of women....

I hope that those women suing Wal-Mart win and win BIG!!!! How can Wal-Mart defend paying women less?