Skip to comments.'Paycheck Fairness' Will Mean a Pay Cut for Men
Posted on 05/07/2012 6:52:58 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
Team Obama calculates that its road to victory is paved with the votes of women, so the American people are now subject to a coordinated effort to cast GOP opposition to expanding government power as an assault on the weaker sex. But few women view public policy as a battle between the sexes. Women whose husbands, brothers and sons are struggling to find jobs find no comfort in women's comparatively low unemployment rate.
Next up in the Democratic campaign is the Paycheck Fairness Act, supposedly necessary to achieve "equal pay" for women. Never mind that it's already illegal to pay women less than men for the same work. Democrats say that failure to support this bill is akin to greenlighting workplace discrimination. In reality, women aren't the primary beneficiaries of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Lawyers are, since it encourages more litigation, increases potential lawsuit payouts, and makes it more difficult for companies to defend themselves.
Under the act, the government would also collect more information about compensation practices and establish a national award for employers deemed best in advancing "pay equity." These are distractions companies don't need.
Feminists have long wanted enlightened government officials, rather than the indifferent market, to determine salaries. Information collection and government-compensation guidelines today could easily become regulations and mandates tomorrow.
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From each according to their abilities, to each according to the value of their vote.
Ah, yet another way of destroying the traditional family by punishing the father as provider...
I assume this includes the gubermint defining comparative worth units.
Google “OFCCP”. This administration has already started collecting reams of HR data from employers to allow ambulance chasing attorneys to go on a fishing expedition at their leisure.
And we wonder why we aren’t creating any new jobs.
Ah, Title XI applied to the real world.
What about lifespan equity?
Women live some 8 years longer than men.
What about divorce and alimony equity?
Why do women get alimony and child custody more frequently than men?
Produce or die.
Welfare Queens can clean my home, Car or do whatever it is I don’t want to do and earn some really good money.
You do a better job than most others or exceed expectations I pay even more, to incent excellence.
One shudders to think of the immense amount of regulation and extra steps this would create for employers.
And the new government jobs to monitor.
The idea that men & women are competing interest groups reflects the essence of the madness that judges social reality through a distorted prism based upon envy; a prism in which only the immediate "wish lists" of the participants have any relevance; and the sense of ongoing, multi-generational purpose, which motivated the advance of civilization, is no longer even a factor in philosophic discussion.
Feminism has not elevated woman; it has trashed femininity, and in doing so, has seriously undermined the true respect for woman. It focuses not on strength of character, but on the basest of emotions, envy. (And see Feminist Absurdity.)
What’s with this paycheck fairness business?
Pay discrimination is already illegal, and has been since the Equal Pay Act of 1963. If there is really a problem with women earning less than men for the same job, Obama and Holder already have the law and legal tools needed for the Justice Department to file lawsuits, or take other actions. We don’t need a “Paycheck Fairness Act”. The law is already there. If this is really a big problem in our society, enforce the existing law.
"I'll tell you what's fair and what's not!"
For decades radical feminists have worked overtime to devise schemes of “equalizing” the pay between males and females something called “comparable worth”. They’ve concocted plans to show why certain jobs that are normally held by women should have their pay scales upgraded to be equal to jobs normally held by men. For instance a health care worker vs. a construction worker. These nuts would have the government intervene to make sure that since in their minds, certain jobs have more social worth than others, the people, usually a female, working the more “socially worthwhile” jobs would get paid as much or more than some person, usually a male, working a “non-socially worthwhile” job. Screw the marketplace, they’ll make things right.
Well, I’m sure the liberal view is that it is discriminatory to have someone on welfare clean your house.
Just anecdotal evidence, it seems that very few black women work as domestic helpers anymore. Years ago many did so. I understand there was discrimination and other issues years ago. But the point is, they were working. Now, it’s rare to see black women working as domestic helpers. Most of those jobs are now done by people who were not born in this country.
We have millions of people on welfare who could do some kind of work, such as housework, but they have chosen not to do such work.
Flame away. I’m sure I have just offended the sensibilities of some liberals.
Historically, at least. Now that universities enroll about 40% male to 60% female that will naturally change on its own.
When a woman gets her Mechanical Engineering Degree and can successfully size, install, balance, pipe and sychronize the controls oh, and run a complete drop of a 100 ton unit on a roof from a helicopter during a 100 degree day in Florida, then I say equal pay.
It may already be “illegal” to pay women less, but the fact remains, women earn significantly less, men get paid more. However, men may work more hours at their jobs, because women still are the ones who really care about the family. I don’t pretend to know what the answer is.
because they are traditionally the ones who contract their careers to raise the children, have the role of being the caretaker, have always been the primary caretaker of the children and can’t earn the same as men. There, does that answer your question?
It is this pandering to human envy with ever more Governmental interference with the once free market that the Founders gave us, that has stifled growth in America since FDR.
The contrast between what works & what stifles could not be more stark. What works--demonstrated by experience--is having uniform measures, sound currency & courts to enforce the private bargains that a free people make with one another. What stifles is having a demagogue motivated big brother meddling in every private bargain, in order to control the social & economic results of the endeavors.
Egalitarianism--whether of the Jacobin or Marxist variety--is the ultimate attack on the reality of human interaction. (See Egalitarianims Sabotages Human Potential.)
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