If you would understand why America
has lost the dynamism she had in the 1950s and 1960s,
consider the new Paycheck Fairness Act passed by the
House 256 to 162.
But why is that a concern of the
U.S. government, and where is the empirical evidence
that an inequality of pay between the sexes is proof of
sexist hostility to women?
Does that prove America is a racist
and religiously bigoted country?
But are there not other, simpler
answers for why women earn less?
Perhaps half of American women
leave the job market during their lives, sometimes for
raise children, which puts them behind men who never
leave the workforce. Women gravitate to teaching,
secretarial and service work, which pay less than
jobs where men predominate:
mining, manufacturing, construction and the
Sports have become a national
obsession, and among the most rewarded professions in
fame and fortune. And TV viewers
prefer to watch male athletes compete in baseball,
basketball, football, hockey,
golf, tennis and boxing.
Is unequal pay for men and women
professional athletes a matter for the government?
lost his job as president of Harvard for
suggesting that women have less aptitude for
and that may explain why they are underrepresented on
Ivy League faculties in the sciences, economics and
math. Would not that male aptitude help explain why men
are dominant in
investment banking and
finance, where salaries are among the highest?
Jarrett wants to empower the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission to more closely
monitor all businesses until women reach pay parity.
But if inequality of pay is a
result of human nature and a free society, a greater
equality of rewards can only be achieved through
coercion, a government declaring its value, economic
parity, to be supreme, and imposing its value and its
preferred pay structure upon employers.
If this is where America is headed,
why not go all the way and dictate that Asians and
Hispanics, Muslims and Jews, women and men, blacks and
whites, gay and straight must all be paid the exact same
for the same work—and let the EEOC hire 100,000 more
bureaucrats to see that it happens?
Would that be a great country or a
And before we empower the EEOC to
monitor every business for sexism and racism, perhaps
the commissioners will explain why African-Americans are
40 percent of
employees, while only 10 percent of the civilian
single white male sits on the commission.
Whence comes this egalitarian
Not from our Declaration of
Independence, which spoke of all men being equal in
Creator-endowed rights to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. Nor from the America Revolution,
which was about liberty not equality, not this alien
ideology of egalitarianism.
Equality is not even mentioned in
the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, and the
"equal protection" clause did not even make an
appearance until after the
War. And that was about equal justice under law, not
the socioeconomic equality of all Americans.
Under the Paycheck Fairness Act,
"employers will be required to prove in court that any
wage differences were based on factors other than
sex—such as education, training or experience—and were
consistent with business necessity."
In short, women alleging sexist
practices by their bosses do not have to prove their
guilt. The boss must prove his innocence. This is
another way of saying businessman are to be presumed
guilty when charged.
If that is not un-American, it
surely once was.
Should this bill become law, the
effects are predictable: more forms to be filled out by
businesses, more bureaucrats for the EEOC, more charges
sex discrimination, more class-action suits, more
more lawyers getting rich via the litigious looting
of the private sector.
America`s decline is directly
related to the growth in government power and the
concomitant loss of freedom.
Except in God-given and
constitutional rights, we are not equal. We are all
unequal. The utopian promise of equality is but the
banner of every power-hungry politician in modern
history. And the rise of the egalitarian society means
the death of the free society.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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