Thursday, January 29, 2009

Almost as good as President Bartlett

Barack Obama has started off his new job doing a number of good things, and it is exciting to see a president make smart and important decisions each day. He is sending envoys, holding meetings, signing executive orders, making phone calls and working with Congress. I feel like I'm watching The West Wing, which was the only other time in my life that I was able to witness a Democratic president in whom I had complete faith.

Obama signed his first bill into law today, and it was a no-brainer. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named for a woman who worked for two decades for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, but was paid less than the men in equivalent positions the entire time. Up until today, a ridiculous law -- supported by Republicans -- said that an employee could only go to court in such an instance within 180 days of the first unequal pay check. Since Ledbetter didn't know she was being slighted until she neared retirement, her case was tossed out by the Supreme Court, 5-4. The new law says that each paycheck is a violation of the law.

1 comment:

acf said...

Maybe, now that the Bush organization is out of office and dispersed, some network can bring the Bartlett Administration back to the airwaves in syndication. I know I'd like to see it.