So the latest pointless legislation to come from idiots on the left is the ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’:
Mikulski and DeLauro said the Paycheck Fairness Act would also allow women to seek punitive damages for pay discrimination, establish a grant program to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills and require the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities.
Oh great more laws to enforce “fairness” between wages because of the myth that women earn less than men.
Yes because government programs, grants, Federal involvement in negations, and regulations will result in far more equal pay. This equal pay will of course come in the form of more unemployed people because grants, programs, regulations and overreach tends to result in the contraction of the economy. And everyone is equal when you don’t have a job. But don’t worry we have the Obama and his Jobs Council to help find those people new jobs…oh, wait, we don’t.
But at least we have the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to protect us. Obama said so in his inauguration.
Okay let’s first talk about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act…or as I call it bullshit. What is it really? It’s a bone to the trial lawyers who now have legal cover to sue for perceived injustices that are decades old. It’s the exact opposite of the tort reform we so dearly need. Because it has nothing to do with equal pay.
But back to the myth that men make more than women. It’s only true if you ignore all relevant detail. It’s like saying that people in their 40’s make more than people in their 20’s and blaming age discrimination. Factually the wage gap is true, but it ignores all the relevant reasons as to why it’s true.
Did you know that when you correct for experience and education and the job then women of any age earn more? (See Thomas Sowell’s book Economic Facts and Fallacies for more on this) It’s just that women take these large swaths of time off from their careers…the Obama administration can find no explanation but sexism for the time women take off from their jobs.
Since women in their 20′s are making more than men in their 20′s, actually if you had equal work for equal pay it means most men should be making more…hmmm…..oh wait because we’ve put in card check and unfair practices at the federal labor board everyone will be in a unions with a few year whether they want to be or not. Thus we will all be getting paid the same, irrespective of education, work, merit, seniority or skill.
Or consider the fact that 93% of all workplace fatalities are men. Did anyone want to talk about workplace equality for this? Or did anyone want to consider this suggest that men are statistically taking more dangerous jobs which pay more for the risk, thus accounting for the discrepancy between wages when you consider ALL MEN and ALL WOMEN.
Yes when you consider all men to all women men make more. But when you look at the same job for two people with the same education and years of experience, women make more.
Women you want to make more? Take jobs that pay more and don’t take off time to have children. That’s all you have to do, value income more than a job you may enjoy and value income more than having a family. Statistically that’s all you have to do and you will make more than your male counterparts. You don’t need legislation.
(Of course if we took that route we might have to acknowledge things like Obama’s economics have hurt women more than men, or that Obama is funneling guns and combat jets to countries that treat women as little more than slaves, or that one of the few places women are paid less than men is Obama’s Administration, or that the real war on women might be gender selective abortions pushed by Planned Parenthood and defended by Democrats*)
In the end this is just another BS law by the left using government to infantilize people and make them feel entirely dependent on a government to protect them and take care of them.
*I’m pro-choice but I think even pro-choice people can admit that gender selective abortion are really sick…although ironically the people who would have such an abortion are the last people I would ever want to raise a child–it’s the sad irony of all abortion.