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In another example of that imaginary war on women that Democrats and the media have invented, we have this news today from Wisconsin, via HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel:

A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.

SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219.

Walker’s office did not return repeated requests for comment.

As news of this development reached Washington, the minions of the chief inventor of the “war on women,” Barack Obama, shamelessly called on Mitt Romney, who recently referred to Gov. Walker as a “hero,” to repudiate this action.

Don’t Democrats understand that repealing pay equality laws has nothing to do with women per se, but is instead a relief measure designed to help job creators do their noble work without the extra wage costs or red tape involved in having to comply with bureucratic anti-discrimination rules?

As Ann Romney, the GOP candidate’s wife, has taken to saying: “Do you know what women care about? Women care about jobs. Women care about the economy.” Surely they understand that accepting lower wages than men is a necessary sacrifice to make sure they still have some sort of job, right?

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.