Skip to comments.Hoping for clout with women, Obama urges Congress to pass ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’
Posted on 06/04/2012 1:18:39 PM PDT by central_va
President Barack Obama, his re-election fortunes heavily dependent on women, pushed Congress on Monday to "step up and do its job" by passing a bill designed to erase the wage gap between male and female workers doing the same job. With Senate Republicans expected to block the Paycheck Fairness Act when it comes up for a vote on Tuesday, Obama urged supporters of the measure to make an 11th-hour push on behalf of the legislation. "At a time when we're in a make-or-break moment for the middle class, Congress has to step up and do its job," the president said on a conference call. "But let's face it: Congress is not going to act because I said it's important; they're going to act because you guys are making your voices heard."
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What D.C. Republican will be the first to fall into this trap ?
The boy emperor will not be happy until the entire country pays union dues.
I thought this was already passed under clinton.
Why would anyone hire a woman?
Hussein, in his typical me-me-me thought patterns, neglects that in the economy he has created, ANYONE, male OR female, should count themselves damned lucky to have a job in the first place, let alone equity.
THEY WILL PASS THE SAME LAWS OVER AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR MINIONS DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING BEFORE BREAKFAST THIS MORNING...........FOR THEM, IT’S LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY EVERY DAY........
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 already forbids pay discrimination between men and women in the same jobs.
This new law is unneeded, from what I understand.
If this issue of pay discrimination is a major issue, Obama could have had Eric Holder and the Justice Department looking into it all these years they have been in power. The law and legal tools are already in place to do something about this, if it’s really a problem.
Is this election year posturing on the part of Obama? So if this new bill fails, he and his henchmen will get out on the campaign trail, and say that Republicans are against equal pay for females???????
The same old tripe they trot out every time.
This article quotes a 77.5% number, and then goes on to explain it:
"occupational selection is the primary determinant of the gender wage gap" (as opposed to discrimination) because any measure of earnings that excludes fringe benefits may produce misleading results as to the existence magnitude, consequence, and source of market discrimination. They found that the average wage rate of females was only 87.4% of the average wage rate of males; whereas, when earnings were measured by their index of total compensation (including fringe benefits), the average value of the index for females was 96.4% of the average value for males.
This article says something similar:
Whether this difference is caused by simple demographic issues like age and experience or by something more nefarious like sexism is not yet clear, but does demonstrate a distinct difference in the career paths of men and women MBAs after school.
Much of this difference can be attributed to the differing career choices many MBAs make, with women working fewer hours and having more career interruptions due to starting and caring for a family.
Yet they still drag out the same lines...
Lacking an accurate yardstick, Obama will provide his own, designed to garner the most votes, irrespective of reality.
He will have the engineer write specs for aircraft tires, making the same as the engineer designing the avionics.
This points up a completely separate issue.
So let’s suppose that a woman gets married. Let’s also say that she gets married to a man, which nowadays we have to specify.
Then let’s suppose that the couple have children. Then suppose the wife cuts back at work, or takes leave for a period of time, because they have had children.
Then suppose that she returns to the work force, but she has fallen off the “fast track” for promotions and career advancement. If this happens, is it anyone’s “fault” as such? Is society at large, or corporations, at fault for this sort of situation?
Now, go another step further. Suppose this woman, married to a man, was happy about getting pregnant and having a family with her husband. Suppose cutting back at work or taking leave due to her family responsibilities was her choice, or the choice that she and her husband made as a couple. In that case, whose “fault” is it, what law was broken?
If she knew the consequences to her career advancement, and still wanted to have more time with her children, what then? Where’s the discrimination, where’s the lawsuit in all of this????
Women for the first time in the USA, outnumber men in the workforce. They also like benefits - which cost money - therefore they get less pay but more benefits.
This is getting ridiculous!
Like when they were reporting that our schools ‘shortchange’ girls. Sure sure. Most school teachers are female - so if it IS discrimination - it is mostly females discriminating against females - and NOT very effectively.
Despite having lower scores on just about any test of academic ability ever devised - females get higher grades and more of them go on to college. So much for discrimination!
My father pointed out that on the “equal pay” scale - they were rating a building engineer the same as a secretary! Which one can operate a boiler? Because I am pretty sure both can operate a computer and type and operate software to make reports and such.
Whatever one co-sponsored it.
Nearly all new laws are unneeded. All "lawmakers" do now is make existing laws ridiculously specific or name existing laws after somebody. "Lawmaker" is as outmoded a line of work as buggy-whip maker.
A better question might be "Why would anyone hire a man?".
Since women purportedly make much less than a man for "doing the same job", an employer would benefit from lower labor costs by hiring only women. (I wonder why they don't do that?)
There is no “wage gap between men and women doing the same job”. That discrimination is already against the law. This is nothing more than the lowest form of demagoguery, and any Republican who votes for it should be dis-elected in November.
“FOR THEM, ITS LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY EVERY DAY”
This simile is not very apt, at least so long as you don’t make clear that you’re talking about for everyone else in that movie besides Bill Murray, who’s in exactly the opposite situation.
Keep it up 0bama and watch the female unemployment rate skyrocket even more than it is for both males and females.
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