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Mike McFadden's "Philosophy" Continues to Evolve
I wonder if the captain remembered to smile as the Titanic sank.Before his press conference earlier today, investment banker Mike McFadden's campaign team had only one piece of advice for him: Smile. Maybe they should have advised him to simply level with voters, because what came next was a disaster of titanic proportions.It started innocently enough. McFadden launched in to his latest attempt to hide from the issues with distraction and bombast. When it came time for questions though, McFadden should have scrambled for the lifeboats. But instead, he refused to give a straight answer to a single question; and his usual assault on the intelligence of Minnesota voters was full steam ahead.Voters that care about working families:Asked about raising the minimum wage, which has been opposed by most Republicans at the state and federal levels, McFadden again said it was “the wrong question.”Voters that care about women’s health:McFadden also refused to give a yes or no answer on whether he supports what’s called “personhood” legislation, which considers a fertilized egg to be a person from the moment of conception.Voters that care about gender discrimination in pay:He also refused to say whether he would have voted to block debate in the U.S. Senate on pay equity for women.And voters that just want to know where he stands before they vote for them:
Asked whether voters needed to know more specifics on his views, McFadden said: "I think they need to know my philosophy, how I think about things."Okay, so maybe we owe him an apology. We should have just been looking at McFadden's "philosophy" and how he thinks about things. Which philosophy are we talking about, though? Should we focus on the philosophy that he used to get rich by advising companies to lay off Minnesota workers? Or maybe the philosophy that guided his common-sense approach to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, right up until he realized that the far-right GOP base disagreed with him and he flip flopped. Or maybe we should take a step back and focus on his larger philosophy of communicating with voters. Those same guiding principles that caused him to literally run away from a voter's question.Of course, this is all business as usual for investment banker Mike McFadden. He started his campaign by telling Minnesotans:
“We’re going to build a detailed platform.”He even went so far as to promise:
Investment Banker McFadden: Specifics Don't Matter
Investment banker Mike McFadden wants your vote for U.S. Senate, but he doesn't want to actually tell you what he believes.Yep, really.At a press conference today, reporters repeatedly asked McFadden straight forward questions on current policy issues. They waited for a simple "yes" or "no" answer from McFadden, but he never really answered any of their questions.When asked if he supported equal pay for equal work, McFadden said:
“I believe it is the wrong question… These are election-year tricks. It’s politics as usual.”Gender discrimination in pay is just an election-year trick for politics as usual? That doesn't seem to add up with the recent studies showing women still earn less for equal work.When asked if he supported raising the minimum wage- something all Minnesota elected officials voted on this week and the U.S. Senate continues debating- McFadden again didn't give a real answer.MPR writes:
McFadden also declined to weigh in on legislative efforts this week to increase Minnesota’s minimum wage.When pressed as to why he's not being more specific, McFadden responded that specifics aren't important.
“What I think is really important with politicians and with leaders [is] you understand their overriding philosophies — how do they make decisions? And so I’ve been very specific in this campaign as to how I make decisions.”McFadden doesn't want to tell you what he believes, because as long as you understand how he makes decisions about his beliefs, his beliefs aren't important. But he would like to have your vote anyway.Sorry, Mike. That's not how it works.
The GOP Doesn't Believe in the Gender Pay Gap
The MNGOP Party just tweeted an article claiming that gender discrimination in pay doesn't exist.
Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace. http://t.co/f6ghruMyYw #stribpol #EqualPay— MNGOP (@mngop) April 8, 2014Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated view. Republicans across the country today regurgitated the same false talking point: the gender pay gap doesn't exist. Women don't earn just 77 cents for every dollar their male colleagues earn.So if you have a conservative friend or coworker who has been talking your ear off about why you're wrong on gender discrimination in pay, here's what to tell them:Women earn less than men regardless of any other factors, including age, education, and occupation. Spoiler alert: the gender pay gap exists across all occupations and educational levels. Regardless of occupation, education, industry, marital status and other factors, women get paid less than men.Women earn less than men starting the moment they graduate. College-education women out of college for one year earned five percent less than college-educated men who had also been out of college for one year. The gender pay gap widens the longer women and men are in the workplace.Gender discrimination in pay is an institutional problem, not a circumstantial problem. Conservatives often claim that the gender pay gap--when they acknowledge it exists--can be explained by the act that women are dually focused on work and family. But the gender pay gap doesn't just exist at a certain point in women's careers (i.e. when they have kids).Women lose almost $500,000 in income, on average, throughout their career. On average, women earn $434,000 less over their career, with the pay gap widening as time goes on because raises are typically given as a percentage of current salary.Women earn less than men in all the highest paying occupations. Women earn less than men in all of the highest paying occupations, including physicians and surgeons, CEOs, lawyers, and computer and information systems managers.Differences in hours worked do not account for the entire gender wage gap. Starting salaries aren't impacted by differences in hours worked, and, in fact, research suggests that differences in hours worked accounts for a small part of gender discrimination in pay.Many women don't even know they're being discriminated against. Economists suspect that lack of good information about how much folks make partly drives gender discrimination in pay. Pay secrecy means some women may not even know they make less than their male colleagues, and may fear their employer might retaliate against them if they ask their colleagues how much they make.Pay inequality isn't just a "women's issue." Gender discrimination in pay may play out along gender lines, but it is a family issue, not a women's issue. 70% of minimum wage earners in Minnesota are women. Leveling the economic playing field for women will help Minnesota families not only survive, but thrive.
Needing Help Doesn't Make You A Wild Animal
Two years ago, a Republican state legislator repeated Rush Limbaugh talking points and compared low-income Minnesotans to wild animals. Rep. Mary Franson compared feeding folks on food stamps to feeding wild animals.This was not an accident or a slip of the tongue - Rep. Franson actually sat down and taped this as part of a legislative update for her constituents.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5eJIcoOWtMRep. Franson's comments were hurtful, wrong-headed and offensive to many Minnesotans. Needing a bit of help to get by in tough times does not mean you're a wild animal. In fact, no human should ever be called a wild animal.As Minnesotans, we believe in the golden rule: do to others as you would have them do. That means lending a helping hand to those less fortunate, not making a mockery of their struggles.Rep. Franson took down her legislative update video when she saw how many Minnesotans found it offensive, but refused to issue a video apology, even after we delivered letters to her office from over 2,500 Minnesotans demanding that she apologize.We need leaders who will stand up for low-income and middle class Minnesotans. Rep. Franson, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative extremists who repeat these hurtful comments should be ashamed of themselves.
GOP Extremists Host Fundraiser for McFadden
For months, investment banker Mike McFadden has been dodging voters. Recently, he even ran away from a voter's question about his stance on an issue. That's right- ran away. Literally.But this week, McFadden is coming out of his shell for a big fundraising event. In Washington DC. With a bunch of GOP extremists.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hosting the fundraiser along with 15 other past and present Republican Senators, including Norm Coleman.How extreme is this group? Well, these are the GOP extremists who shut down our federal government, voted to turn Medicare into a voucher system and worked to protect tax breaks for corporations outsourcing jobs.So, as you can tell from that list, this group doesn't have the best interest of middle-class workers in mind. McFadden would be just another peg in their wheel of conservative priorities that protect businesses and hurt the middle class.And this is the group McFadden is hanging out with instead of answering questions from Minnesotans. That is very, very wrong for Minnesota.
We Don't Need Any More Cuts-Only Budgets
Gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert wasn't in the legislature when Republican extremists shut down our government to protect tax breaks for big corporations. But he just chose one of those extremists as his running mate.By picking State Rep. Pam Myhra as his running mate, Seifert is basically endorsing the state government shutdown that put thousands of hard-working Minnesotans out of work.That's not even the worst part, though. Rep. Myhra actually said she preferred the 2011 Republican budget that Gov. Dayton vetoed because of its drastic and reckless budget cuts over the compromise budget that ended the state shutdown.Here's a quick look at the budget Seifert's running mate "preferred":
- Deep cuts to Minnesota colleges - which would mean higher tuition for Minnesota students
- Deep cuts to in-home care for aging Minnesotans, which would make it more expensive to keep aging seniors in their homes and force many into costly nursing homes
- Hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts from Minnesota hospitals, which would have put tens of thousands of good-paying health care jobs at risk
- Allowed big insurance companies to deny women health care coverage for mammograms, maternity care, and doctor-prescribed birth control
I chose a balanced approach to our budget; one that includes both significant cuts, but asked the top two percent of Minnesotans to pay more to ensure our quality of life and the services millions of Minnesotans rely on...Instead, you chose to present me with an all-cuts approach, one that has serious consequences for Minnesotans, and that I do not believe is in line with our shared commitment to build a better Minnesota.A Seifert-Myhra Administration would be nothing more than the same failed cuts-only approach Republicans have been trying for decades. We've seen that Minnesota has been on a rollercoaster of budget deficits for years, but under the leadership of Gov. Dayton and our progressive legislature we've managed to responsibly balance the state budget while investing in our shared priorities, like education and caring for our older relatives.We can't go back to the same old failed policies of the past. It's time to keep Minnesota moving forward and build on the progress we've already made.
Meet Marty Seifert's Anti-Progress Running Mate
Gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert chose his running mate today: a state legislator who opposes the progress that has aided Minnesota's economic recovery.If State Rep. Pam Myhra had her way, tuition costs would continue escalating for college students, and those who need a bit of help to afford a quality education would be unable to get it. Rep. Myhra voted against freezing tuition for college students, helping undocumented students receive in-state tuition, and assisting low- and middle-income students in paying for college.Rep. Myhra doesn't just stand in the way of progress for college students; she's refused to help Minnesota students of all ages. Rep. Myhra voted against investing in our children's future, including efforts to make sure our earliest learners are ready for school.Rep. Myhra is on the side of big corporations and the rich instead of standing up for working class families. Rep. Myhra voted against asking the rich and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes just like Minnesota's working families.Rep. Myhra even voted against giving the folks who make sure our aging relatives get quality care a five percent raise - their first pay increase in four years.Rep. Myhra has already voted against raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2005, which would give over 350,000 Minnesotans a raise. It's no wonder Seifert picked her, since he also opposes giving hard-working Minnesotans a raise.A Seifert-Myhra Administration would do nothing more than drag Minnesota back into the past, when our state budget was balanced on the backs of working families and our schools struggled just to get by.
Mike McFadden literally runs away from a question
Investment banker Mike McFadden's campaign for U.S. Senate has been off to a rocky start. For months, voters and reporters have trying to figure out where McFadden stands on the issues. His most common reply to basic questions was, "I'm still reviewing the issues."Then, McFadden dodged public debates and forums. The one debate he did attend was held by a super secret, super exclusive club with a $3,000 membership fee. To get in, you also have to pass a vetting process and be sponsored by a current member. Needless to say, not many Minnesotans heard McFadden speak that night.Now, MPR is reporting that McFadden literally ran away from a voter's question. Yes, ran.MPR writes:"Then came a question about his view on the Patriot Act and its power to hold people indefinitely without being charged. The GOP candidate for Senate left the room without answering, telling caucus-goers, 'I've got to run to another meeting.'"McFadden then reportedly tucked out of the room. A reporter attempted to follow up with McFadden in the hallway, in which he replied:
"Once again, my focus is on the economy, education and health care."Well, that doesn't even answer the question.The voter who asked McFadden about the Patriot Act was not impressed with McFadden's answer.
'"He ducked. He literally put his head down and walked out of the room and said I've got to go," Billson recalled.'Billson said he doesn't plan on voting for Mike McFadden.Running from voters is definitely wrong for Minnesota.