This week, several of us bloggers (Dan Schwartz, Donna Ballman, Eric Meyer, Jon Hyman, and I) will be choosing a debate question on a labor and employment law topic for each of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates.
DISCLAIMER: I have tried to ask an "adversarial" question of every candidate. Please don't be offended, and please be aware that my questions may or may not reflect my actual political views.
Governor Mitt Romney, COME ON DOWN!
Governor, the Republican Party Platform contains encouraging statements that "regulation must be reined in," and that "[p]otential employers need certainty and predictability for their hiring decisions."
However, outside the traditional labor arena, the platform seems short on specific proposals that might accomplish these goals.
Here is my question: Actually, several related questions: Do you see the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, both endorsed by President Obama and the Democratic Party, as hindrances to your party's goals of reining in government regulation and restoring predictability to employers? In the same vein, do you support repeal or scaling back of any of the employment legislation enacted during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, such the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act or the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? How, if at all, do you intend to stop the encroachment of the federal government into the non-union employment relationship?
"Come on. No fair. You didn't ask President Obama that many questions."
Yesterday: "Mr. President, why do we need the Paycheck Fairness Act?"
Tomorrow: Vice President Joe Biden in the hot seat!