Brandi Henneman- Wielgopolski

  • commented on Smart Girls Don't Need Help From the Government 2012-09-09 20:47:01 -0400
    I wrote a blog about this on my sgp page. Two laws already exist that make it illegal to discriminate pay based on gender and the laws are explicitly clear. Further, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 helps enforce the law because it gives women recourse, the EEOC. The Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act are not necessary pieces of legislation at all as it is already illegal to discriminate. Unlike the Pay Act of 63 and Title VII which are very cut and dry, these new pieces of legislation are jam packed with political pay offs. If the womens groups really cared about the pay discrepancy, they would quit spending money on studies and start promoting the EEOC.

  • Partisan Signatories of Politically Motivated Letter Owe Joe Wurzelbacher an Apology

    Is there anything more contemptible than publicly maligning someone by falsely accusing them of exploiting genocide to further their political ambitions? ABSOLUTELY! That would be, actually doing it while simultaneously making the accusation.

    This biased group of large Democratic Donors and registered Democrats recently accused Joe Wurzelbacher, or Joe the Plumber, of politicizing historical genocides in his pro-firearm campaign ad. Ironically, it is the incensed signatories of this letter who are guilty of said exploitation. The hypocrisy is reprehensible.

    By issuing this letter the signatories are not only desecrating the memory of those they claim to honor, but they are taking advantage of the public goodwill and trust afforded to them. This insidious attempt to assail Mr.Wurzelbachers character and alienate him from the voters in his district is detestable.

    Mr. Wurzelbacher deserves an apology from each person who signed their name to this letter.

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  • Partisan Signatories of Politically Motivated Letter Owe Joe Wurzelbacher an Apology

    Is there anything more contemptible than publicly maligning someone by falsely accusing them of exploiting genocide to further their political ambitions? ABSOLUTELY! That would be, actually doing it while simultaneously making the accusation.

    This biased group of large Democratic Donors and registered Democrats recently accused Joe Wurzelbacher, or Joe the Plumber, of politicizing historical genocides in his pro-firearm campaign ad. Ironically, it is the incensed signatories of this letter who are guilty of said exploitation. The hypocrisy is reprehensible.

    By issuing this letter the signatories are not only desecrating the memory of those they claim to honor, but they are taking advantage of the public goodwill and trust afforded to them. This insidious attempt to assail Mr.Wurzelbachers character and alienate him from the voters in his district is detestable.

    Mr. Wurzelbacher deserves an apology from each person who signed their name to this letter.


    June 21, 2012


    Dear Mr. Wurzelbacher,

    After viewing the new political ad released by your campaign this week, we felt an immediate need to respond to its misguided claims, and explain how your comments are highly offensive, historically inaccurate, and harmful to the Jewish community.

    As members of Ohio’s Jewish community, we are insulted by your claim that the Holocaust can be directly linked to gun control. By blaming gun control for the deaths of millions of innocent people you belie and trivialize the heinous crimes and horrific event brought on by a brutally repressive government.

    As a point of reference, the Jewish people were institutionally discriminated against for over 1,900 years throughout Europe before the dreadful events of World War II.  This discrimination ultimately created a culture of hatred towards our people that led to the tragic events that haunt the world to this day. Despite your claims, these events were not due to any particular political policy, but rather caused by a deadly combination of hatred and fanaticism.

    These unparalleled and incomprehensible events live on in the memories of the survivors and their families in the United States, Israel, and across the world. When such a horrific event is politicized and tossed callously into political discourse, its meaning is diminished and trivialized and its lessons are lost or greatly diminished.

    We hope in the future that you and others will not attempt to exploit the painful memories of the Holocaust to advance your political ambitions.


    Sincerely,


    Marilyn Ozan   Lisa Cronig   Mitchell Cronig   Arielle Cronig   

    James D. Levine  Robin Levine   Andrea Mindell   Roz Waxman   

    Loree Resnik   Alan Resnik   Stuart Garson   Stanley Levy   

    Fran Doris   Mark Doris   Andrew Doris  

    Michael Doris   Martin H. Belsky   Brett Shankman   Marcy Shankman  

    Alan D. Levine   Debbie Hoffmann   Andrew Hoffmann   Susan Levine   

    Howard Levine, MD.    E.J. Leizerman   Elizabeth Leizerman   

    Joshua Leizerman   Megan Leizerman   Jon Steiger   

    Cynthia Demsey   Jo B. Levine


    Political Contributions and Party Affiliation of Signatories:


    Marilyn Ozan: Cuyahoga County Democratic County Central Committee 

    Lisa Cronig: Registered as Democrat

    Mitchell Cronig: Registered Democrat

    Arielle Cronig: Not registered to a party and no political donations

    James D. Levine: Registered Democrat

    Robin Levine: Not registered to a party and no political donations

    Andrea Mindell: Voted Democrat in 2008 primary

    Roz Waxman: Not registered to a party and no political donations

    Loree Resnik: Registered Democrat

    Alan Resnik: $200.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Stuart Garson: Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman and $34,050.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Stanley Levy: Registered Democrat

    Fran Doris: $7500.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Mark Doris: $1250.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Andrew Doris: Not registered to a party and no political donations

    Michael Doris: None — Registered Democrat

    Martin H. Belsky: $15,000.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Brett Shankman: Registered Democrat

    Marcy Shankman: Registered Democrat

    Alan D. Levine: Registered Democrat

    Debbie Hoffmann: Registered Democrat

    Andrew Hoffmann: $3,750.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Susan Levine: $18,350.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Howard Levine, MD.: $5,650.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party and $25.00 to RNC

    E.J. Leizerman: $2,250.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party and $500.00 to Republican Congressional Campaign

    Elizabeth Leizerman: $3,5000.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Joshua Leizerman: $2,500.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Megan Leizerman: Not registered to a party and no political donations

    Jon Steiger: $1,450.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Cynthia Demsey: $6,908.00 donations to Democratic candidate(s), PACs, or party

    Jo B. Levine: Registered Democrat


    Grand Total of Political Contributions To Democrats: $102,358.00

    Grand Total of Political Contributions to Republicans: $525.00

     

    YOWZA! Clearly, these individuals are NOT motivated by political biased and have NO political agenda what so ever. Perhaps, to give this letter a shred of credibility and offset the obvious ideological bias, Arielle Cronig, Robin Levine, Roz Waxman, Andrew Doris, and Megan Leizerman should hustle on down to their local Board of Elections and register as Republicans.

    Just a thought.


  • Busted Being Biased

    After the releasing a pro-firearm campaign ad Samuel Wurzelbacher, or Joe the Plumber, is being publicly maligned and accused of using genocide to further his political ambition. Ironically, it is the very people making these egregious claims who are exploiting genocide to further their own political agenda.

    Thirty-one members of the Jewish Community in Cleveland OH sent Mr. Wurzelbacher a strongly worded letter accusing him of falsely representing the Armenian and German atrocities and excoriated him for using the events in one of his campaign commercials. They wrote:  

    “By blaming gun control for the deaths of millions of innocent people you belie and trivialize the heinous crimes and horrific event brought on by a brutally repressive government.”


     “When such a horrific event is politicized and tossed callously into political discourse, its meaning is diminished and trivialized and its lessons are lost or greatly diminished.”


    “We hope in the future that you and others will not attempt to exploit the painful memories of the Holocaust to advance your political ambitions.”


    Unlike the signatories of the letter, Mr. Wurzelbacher has his facts straight. He understands the significance and the threat posed to citizens who are disarmed by their government. According to the 1997 fall issue of the Washington University Law Quarterly, over a 25 year period, prior to eradicating large portions of the population, the Turkish Army did in fact systematically disarm the Armenians. The only Armenians to survive are those who retained their weapons and fought back. Also stated in the issue, “The Nazis made only two important changes to the Weapons Law that was in place when they came to power. First, they forbade Jews from owning guns or any other weapon. Second, they exempted members of the Sturmabteilung (SA) and many Nazi party officials from the law’s strictures”

    Unlike Mr. Wurzelbacher, the signatories of this letter are guilty of politicizing, diminishing, and trivializing these ‘horrific events’. They are putting words into Mr. Wurzelbacher’s mouth, distorting his message, and lambasting him based on their partisan interpretation of the commercial to prevent him from unseating Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Basically, they are exploiting the deaths of millions of people to advance THEIR political goals. Such Irony.

    Of the thirty-one signatories, all but six are registered Democrats or have made financial contributions to Democratic candidates or PACs. According to a FEC search, all signatories combined have donated at least $102,358.00 to various Democratic candidates or PACs and $525.00 to the Republican candidates or PACs. Notable individuals on the list include Marilyn Ozan who is affiliated with the Cuyahoga County Democratic Central Committee and Stuart Garson who is the Cuyahoga Democratic Party Chairman. Clearly, this is not an impartial group of concerned citizens rather a partisan group pushing a political agenda.

    Frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves and they owe Mr. Wurzelbacher and apology. To those thirty-one signatories I would like to say to that I “hope in the future that you and others will not attempt to exploit the painful memories of the Holocaust to advance your political ambitions.”     


  • Chicago Style Legislative Tomfoolery and the Fair Pay Act

     Yesterday, President Barack Obama tweeted that, “On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.” Today, this statistic is has gone viral and is the Lefts foremost talking point in support of the Fair Pay Act. Because Democrats depend on women to win elections, they are using this issue to divert attention away from their corrupt, substandard governance and drive a wedge between the Republicans and women voters. Playing right into the Democrats hands, many women are now incensed by this pay discrepancy and demanding action. Watching this drama unfold is bewildering.

     As Richard Gere sings in the movie Chicago, Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it and the reaction will be passionate… How can they hear the truth above the roar?”

     The figure the President and liberal proponents of the Fair Pay Act offer, to demonstrate the need for action, is at least ten years old and was the most commonly cited figure relative to gender based pay discrepancy in 2002. The statistic is reported in a 2004 gender wage gap study titled, “Still a Man’s Labor Market: Long-Term Earnings Gap.” 

     Not only are their figures outdated and unfairly interpreted, but the act itself is redundant and only serves to expand governmental reach into the private sector. Women are already protected by two federal statutes that prohibit gender-base pay discrimination; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The legislative language in both statues is explicit and very straightforward.

     Pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - (1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Essentially, it prohibits gender based discrimination in the compensatory decision process. Further, Title VII offers recourse to victims of unfair pay practices via the EEOC.

     A woman who feels she is being discriminated against, with respect to compensation, may file a complaint with the EEOC. Filing a claim with the EEOC is free and the agency is obligated to investigate every claim it receives. To discourage employer retaliation, Title VII includes anti-retaliation provisions and the EECO offers retaliation guidelines as well.

    The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), prohibits “discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of commerce.”

     SEC. 206. [Section 6]

    (d) (1) No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill,

    effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions, except where such payment is made pursuant to (i) a seniority system; (ii) a merit system; (iii) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (iv) a differential based on any other factor other than sex:  Provided, That an employer who is paying a wage rate differential in violation of this subsection shall not, in order to comply with the provisions of this subsection, reduce the wage rate of any employee. 

    EPA protects women from discriminatory compensation practices by prohibiting employers, who are subject to the minimum wage provisions of FLSA, from using gender as a basis for paying lower wages to an employee for equal work on jobs that require equal skills, effort, and responsibility, which are performed under similar working conditions” 

    If a woman is being paid less than a man when their jobs are substantially the same, it is incumbent upon her to remedy the situation. Both Title VII and EPA protect women’s compensatory interests and provide recourse for illegal discriminatory practices. Further, it is not necessary to prove intentional gender discrimination to win; it is enough to show the disparity exist. 

    Considering that President Obama is a minority and the Democratic Party claim to be the sole proponent of women’s rights, one would expect them to be well versed in both Title VII and EPA. If they were sincerely interested in empowering women, shouldn’t they inform them of their rights and show them how to exercise said rights rather than incessantly telling them they are victims? Why are the Democrats insisting on enacting more legislation, which is time consuming and expensive, instead of educating women about the immediate action steps available to eliminate the pay gap? 

    The timing is suspicious, as this was not important to Democrats when they had the power to pass the legislation. Why are they bringing it up now? Why create a circus around an issue and pile more convoluted legislation on a statue that is already easy to discern? Why not refer women to the EEOC? Once again I defer to Richard Gere. 

    As he so elegantly put it in the movie Chicago, As long as you keep 'em way off balance, how can they spot you've got no talent?”

     


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