“Tina,” Joe put his hands together and began his silly talk. He believed it to be a good method for starting each morning, creating the façade that he and the others were just a few friends enjoying some talk and coffee. “I don’t know who’s more excited this morning, whether it’s Bill Hancock, you know about the concert with teen singer Justin Tempist, or,” he was rubbing his hands in a pretense of excitement, “or whether it’s Claire Winslow who once again gets to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act.” Joe laughed and addressed Claire directly. “So, Claire. Don’t you agree that this is just plain politics to run this through the Senate days before the important bill that can make some real differences for this country?”
Claire heard the voice of her host change from confident to arrogant. “Come on, Joe. You know this is senseless talk. My two colleagues here,” she gestured to the Senators across the table. “They’re convinced that if we raise the pay for women to match that of men, our economy will be destroyed.” She laughed and said, “I have a solution, Joe and Tina. Let’s see, the latest figure is that women make 77 cents to the dollar. The solution is too easy for us to recognize at first glance, but I say we lower any man’s pay by 23 cents where this practice is going on. Very easy, everyone is happy, and the economy doesn’t take a hit.”
Tina laughed, and patted Joe on the back. “She’s got a good point, Joe.
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