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Rick Perry feels your pain, ladies

You know what you ladies need? A big heaping dose of Rick Perry explaining to you why all this “equal pay” stuff is so silly.

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Rick Perry said today it’s “nonsense” to focus on equal pay for women when there are other more important pressing issues like job creation and cutting regulations for business. Perry made the rounds of the morning cable shows Tuesday in New York on his “I’m the Jobs Governor” tour in advance of the 2016 presidential race. Perry stumbled badly in his last race for the White House. But he says he’s looking at another run. “I used to be bucked off those ponies all the time, and my dad would say, ‘Son, get back on.’”


On the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” Perry defended his decision to veto the bill. “Why do we need to muddle up our statutes when we already have laws on books that clearly take care of this?” said Perry. Federal law allows women to sue for equal pay when the discrimination is discovered. State law makes it harder to file suit. Women must go to court within 180 days after the discrimination began, not when it’s discovered. The bill was designed to give women filing suit in state court the same opportunity as in federal court. Perry and Abbott say that’s unnecessary.

Perry says women have fared well in his administration: “I’ve probably had more female chiefs of staff than anybody in Texas history and they get paid well because of the performance they do. I support and lift up women in the state of Texas.” As for the Davis/Abbott dustup over equal pay, Perry said, “If they want to talk about substantive issues in this governor’s race, then let’s talk about tax policy and regulatory policy. But to go focus on this issue, a piece of legislation that we already have laws that protect, is nonsense.”

So buck up, little cowgirls. Rick Perry and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick know what you really need to care about. Don’t you feel so much better now?

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  1. Brad M. says:

    I can’t wait for Perry’s encore comedy tour in 2016.

  2. Mark says:

    Geez, can he really be that clueless?

  3. Mainstream says:

    The placement of the Texas GOP primary early in the March 2016 calendar does open an opportunity for a local favorite or strong social conservative to make an early impact in the primary contest. I doubt Perry has the organizational strength to succeed over more national candidates like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, but it is early yet.

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    If a woman (or man, for that matter) agreed to do a certain job for a certain wage, then why are we giving recourse only to women? What happens when a man finds out that a woman is making more for the same job?

    To either one I say,”hey, you agreed to do the work for that wage. If you are now butthurt to find that someone else was making more for the same job, then try and negotiate a raise, or quit and find another job.”

  5. Bill Daniels says:

    @Brad M.

    To paraphrase the Dixie Chicks, Rick Perry makes me ashamed to be from Texas. Let’s hope he doesn’t do that tour.