August 2, 2012
Fighting Bob Radio takes on the war on women
By David Giffey
“Since Citizens United we’ve seen this legislative tsunami against women,” Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization of Women (NOW) told listeners August 2 on Fighting Bob Radio.
O’Neill will bring her activist perspective to the 11th Annual Fighting Bob Fest on September 15, at the Alliant Center in Madison. The War on Women will be a major Fighting Bob Fest topic along with environmental matters, war and peace, ALEC, and open strip mining, plus food, live music, and a lot of fun.
NOW’s president since 2009, O’Neill discussed vicious assaults launched against women regarding health, reproductive rights, protection from violence, and economic justice. She drew a gender/wage gap comparison between worsening disparities between the mid-1990s when CEOs were paid 20 to 30 times more than average workers, compared to CEOs who in 2012 make 360 times more than workers. Mix in the fact that women are paid only about 60 to 80 percent as much as their male counterparts in the workplace, and the 99-1 percent split reaches into the stratosphere.
In urging support for U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign for the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin, O’Neill spoke about the likelihood the Baldwin opponent who wins the August 14 GOP primary is likely to be a millionaire, be it millionaire Tommy Thompson, millionaire Mark Neumann, or millionaire Eric Hovde.
“Ask a millionaire, ‘How did you make your money compared to what you pay your employees?’” was O’Neill’s comment. She accused Governor Scott Walker and attacks on Planned Parenthood for denying health care to women. The Koch Brothers, Catholic bishops, budget cutters and lawmakers who would repeal the Violence Against Women Act are major forces behind the War on Women.
“Fiscal conservatism traditionally hurts women and families,” said O’Neill. To fight it, O’Neill added, “We need to double the number of women in Congress, whether they are Republican or Democrat. We need to move government spending to socially productive uses” and away from things like funding wars.
O’Neill estimated that agendas against women and supported by extremists have the support of only about 20 percent of Americans. “The people have to rise up,” she said. “The politicians who are waging a war on women are going to pay a price in November.” She singled out GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for “having a hard time recognizing humanity.”
The hour-long radio show can be re-played for on-line listeners visiting blogradio.com/fightingbob.com. The show broadcast live from Wisconsin at 11 a.m. CST each Thursday, is hosted by Fighting Bob founder Ed Garvey and Eric Schubring, of WOJB-FM radio, Hayward.
Join NOW’s Terry O’Neill with a host of notable speakers like Phil Donahue, Norman Solomon, Jim Hightower, John Nichols, Bill McKibben, Al Gedicks, and founder Ed Garvey on September 15 at Fighting Bob Fest. There’ll be beer too.
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Oh! no we might replace a liberal millionaire with a conservative one. How come I'm not believing the millionaire thing is your real problem after all it wasn't a problem with old Herb. Some of you even wanted that nasty rich 1% senator to run for Governor in the recall. Why was that again? Oh! yeah because he was a rich guy. Classic liberals thier beliefs are as solid as the wind.
-SW | Waukesha WI | August 3, 2012
Unlike Hovde, Herb Kohl didn't decide to return to Wisconsin to run for U. S. Senator, he never left Wisconsin. Kohl made his money honestly selling good products to people, at reasonable prices. And Kohl has given back to Wisconsin time and again.
At least Herb Kohl made his money the easy way, he worked for it, unlike the wunderkind Ron Johnson, who made his money the hard way, marrying into it.
Time for you to return to your panic room, clean your AR-15 and count your 15,000 boxes of ammo, end times is coming to a neighborhood near you really soon. I think I hear the black helicopters circling your house right now. On the way out be sure and check the little signs on the backs of the road signs for the secret maps to your republican valhalla.
-Olaus the Crying Swede | Deep South, Wisconsin | August 4, 2012