Interesting tweet projecting the John Kline re-election strategy …
— Mel (@doserenebirth) October 2, 2014
Yep, it appears that for candidate John Kline, the strategy is to avoid the public … heck even his FACEBOOK and Twitter feed fail to show any public appearances since Congress went on “recess” (yet Representative Kline continues to collect his $174,400 salary) … instead, it appears that John Kline is using the “Straw man” as his re-election strategy. The “Straw man” approach is to ignore his actual opponent and substitute someone else and through amplification, distortion, exaggeration or misrepresentation, allowing the voter to imprint the “Straw Man” onto his opponent.
Per the abovementioned tweet, John Kline is attacking the persona of Bill Maher instead of addressing the issues that Bill Maher complains about. John Kline says “As promised, Maher is turning his liberal guns on our districts and using his TV megaphone and million-dollar war chest to defeat me in November,” while Allen West solicits monies to build up the Kline4Congress war chest.
Yet, Second District voters will not see Bill Maher’s name on the ballot … nor will they see Emma Watson’s name … but she might be next.
On September 21, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson gave a speech at the United Nations condemning the harm that gender discrimination causes to both men and women. Ms. Watson’s campaign will tackle, among other things, the fact that women are paid so much less than men.
Look at the research study by Jo Handelsman and Corinne Moss-Racusin
In a randomized double-blind study (n = 127), tenure-track faculty from chemistry, physics, and biology departments at six large research universities were asked to assess the likelihood of hiring a student for a lab manager position. Some saw materials for a male candidate, some for a female one. They were actually the same materials, only with “Jennifer” switched for “John” and “she” for “he”.
John ranked higher than Jen. Actually the faculty “liked” Jen more, but John’s ratings for competence and hireability were higher. John was offered a higher starting salary (John was offered an average starting salary of $30,238, while Jennifer was offered $26,508.) And John was offered more mentoring – as defined by providing help with a tough concept or encouraging him to stay in the field or focus on research. The scores for both John and Jen were moderate, but John’s scores were consistently and statistically significantly different.
This test result is not a surprise … observations from decades of social science studies have repeatedly shown that with equal qualifications, men are considered more competent, better qualified, rewarded with more money.
Also true is that for decades some in Congress have tried to address the income-equality issue … but there is a powerful voice on the other side — Chairman John Kline. Chairman Kline has refused to allow a vote on H.R. 377 : Paycheck Fairness Act for which Discharge Petition #1 has 197 Members requesting that Chairman Kline move the bill out of Committee.
Yeah, we know that John Kline has voted to repeal/delay/deny ObamaCare at least 55 times, but do you realize that House Republicans have blocked consideration of Paycheck Fairness eight times ?
So while candidate John Kline wants voters to think that his opponent is Bill Maher or Emma Watson, his actual opponent – Mike Obermueller – who has made income equality a central issue
I believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work.
That’s why I supports the Paycheck Fairness Act and will work to prevent any attempt to weaken the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that was signed into law in 2009. My opponent opposed both of these important bills which help to address the income disparity between men and women in America and prevent wage discrimination.
The federal sequestration disproportionately impacted women by cutting nearly $90 million from critical women’s health services. I believe women deserve access to effective birth control and I oppose efforts by some in Congress who want to make it harder for women to access or afford effective birth control.
There is a clear choice this election … it’s not Bill Maher and it’s not John Kline … it’s Mike Obermueller.