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A letter I sent to the Friends of Scott Walker

Dear Governor Walker,

 

Today my husband received a letter from your campaign asking for our household to support you and send you money to defeat “Big Government Labor Unions”. We are not supporting you, and here is why:

  1. In April, you repealed the equal pay act of 2009 making it easier for women to get the equal pay for equal work. As a woman and my husband whole heartedly agrees this is discriminatory and insulting.
  2. You are looking to increase premiums and drop women, children, and families enrolled in Badger Care making it impossible for them to obtain quality health care.
  3. While the unemployment rate in Wisconsin has dropped, you do not have a comment or even mention that we have replaced living wage jobs with jobs that pay only slightly better than minimum wage, yet have the nerve to complain about people using public assistance to make ends meet. Minimum wage is not a wage that a family can live on.
  4. Wisconsin is still dead last when it comes to unemployment numbers, so if you are creating so many jobs, why is that?
  5. You would like to end a woman’s right to birth control and the right to choose. This is America, and if you do not like abortion, don’t have one.

Governor Walker, you do not have my support, I will not send you money, and frankly I will not vote for you either. From what I have seen of your term as governor, you do not represent any Wisconsin value that I know of.

Sincerely,

Reverend Kelly K Hunt

Has the Republican Party lost its collective mind? Act 219 and Wisconsin women.

With a Governor facing a very hostile recall election and the overall poor performance the party has been showing they have done it again: repealed the Equal Pay act of 2009. This law allows women the right to sue their employer when pay discrimination is discovered. It counters the restrictive sections of the Ledbetter act by making it possible to sue after discovery, rather than suing when the discrimination begins, as in Federal Law. If you want to check out both, just Google ‘Lily Ledbetter’ and ‘Act 219 Wisconsin’. You can get a list of the Senators who sponsored and seconded the act as well.

219 has other results as well: it bans coverage of abortion or birth control by any insurance obtained through an exchange, and keeps workers from suing over the results of genetic testing by employers. It keeps teachers from discussing any form of birth control or STD prevention other than abstinence.

 Back to my question, however. Are they crazy? The Republicans have completely forgotten that 52% of the population is female. Yup, that’s right, more than half of Americans are women, and they are voters as well. The very same voters on which the republicans depend to attain their positions in the first place. These same female voters have husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers and male friends that might also dislike what is happening. Husbands don’t like it when their wife’s pay is cut. It makes them change political allegiance to protect their womenfolk.

Those same women voters are patient people for the most part. We don’t like to make a fuss; we just want to get on with our lives. But everyone’s patience has an end point, and it is starting to look like the Republicans are getting on our last nerve. I’m having enough trouble making ends meet and they are making it harder than it needs to be. I intend to take some practical action.

I’m not going to start camping on the steps of the state capitol and whine about how unfair it is. That is not an effective tactic. Instead I’m going to vote the crazy people out of office and get someone in who is actually going to get things done properly and fairly. I’m checking out the voting records of incumbents and looking at the histories of new candidates to determine who will do the best job. That’s the person I’m going to vote for and from what I have seen so far, it will never be a Republican.

Find your peace, friends.

Rev. Zita.

Note: In addition to voting them out of office, write, no flood the offices of your state representatives with letters and emails. Find out how to contact them here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx They only will listen if we make them.

Love to all,

Rev. Kelly