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Section A: General News


Editorial: Why ‘Paycheck Fairness’ may not be that fair at all




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April 16, 2014 | 3,555 views | 17 comments

Don’t tell Grandma, but women are not being treated fairly, at least not according to current political rhetoric. My sweet German grandmother, God rest her soul, never worried about equality of pay, nor did she have to bother with Obamacare.

She was too busy working alongside her husband on the farm and raising her family. A headstrong woman, perhaps ahead of her time, Grandma handled all the finances for the family and for the family business. She was politically astute, and never hesitated to call elected officials to task, whether it be on local issues or national politics. Come to think of it, perhaps that is where I get my interest in all things political.

But Grandma also struggled with various and sundry health issues her entire life, having undergone multiple surgeries. This was long before insurance was common. In fact, I’d be surprised if they had any insurance at all, but somehow they paid their bills. I never heard them complain about a lack of fairness, either in salaries or in their unduly high medical bills for her many extensive surgeries.

But that was my grandparents’ generation, when people were responsible for themselves rather than expecting someone else to make up for their misfortunes. Today, not only do we expect everything to be “fair,” we do not expect to have to pay for our own medical care.

We demand to have insurance against all life’s catastrophes. Obamacare was supposed to take care of all that, but it has not worked out as planned.

Therefore, the conversation from Washington has changed quickly from health care to women’s equality. The problem with equality is that some of us were born with more or less ability and, thus, some of us are more or less equal in our lot in life.

It is this perceived inequality that the Obama administration plays up in order to turn attention away from health care. On the White House website is a “conversation starter,” but it would seem that the Internet problems that have plagued the insurance Marketplace continue to dog this White House.

As was pointed out in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, the graphic illustration hurts the cause more than it helps.

The headline reads: “The president is taking action: Ensuring equal pay for women.” The illustration, however, betrays women.

“How do you know if you’re earning fair pay at work?” reads the next line. The graphic shows two women, in stilettos no less, who appear to be gossiping rather than talking about business as they lean into each other, one in a perky little pink dress and the other in orange.

This is the White House’s interpretation of “starting a conversation”? It continues: “That’s why President Obama signed an executive order (my emphasis) prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation.”

That’s cute. The president comes on his white horse to save these defenseless little women and that is supposed to be a reason to vote for him in November. Well, it did work for him during the last election.

The punch line on this conversation starter is the president calling on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

In reality, the Paycheck Fairness Act would be a very bad law because the Equal Pay Act already bans gender-based wage discrimination. Much of the so-called pay gap comes because often women choose jobs that allow them more flexibility so that they can work around their family’s demands.

Like anything, the issue of equality in the work force is much more complicated, but suffice it to say that it’s a good thing my grandma is not around. I’m pretty sure she would be giving the president a piece of her mind.
 

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Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
April 21, 2014 9:07am
 
New Guy......Like I said, you are what you source. :-)

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
April 21, 2014 8:43am
 
Chef: Like I have been saying for years, websites are not to be trusted! Everyone you post, I can find another site with opposite views/facts.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
April 20, 2014 3:09am
 
New Guy..... Key executives of the Progress Texas PAC have ties to MSNBC, HuffPo, and Move On org. Peas in a pod ? Do you have any original ideas ? You are what you source. Kemo Sabe.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
April 17, 2014 6:37pm
 
Texas Progress pitch.... Chip in for progress. Want to support great work like this ? Or do you just want to stick it to THE MAN ? Donate and you can do both. No doubt about it, they are targeting New Guy. :-)

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
April 17, 2014 6:20pm
 
New Guy....Read your link again. It's even worse than I thought....The link is a Progressive group which linked the Texas Tribune. Compared to the first link, Texas Tribune looks like a conservative news outlet. Did you ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
April 17, 2014 5:31pm
 
The next big campaign by liberal chicks will be a push to bind male baby's feet so they can stand closer to the sink and stove. Oh the inequality ! Kemo Sabe.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 17, 2014 5:19pm
 
New Guy......So what the Governor vetoed was the changing of the time limitation for filing a suit. The bill had nothing to do with equal pay as Federal law already addresses that. The Texas Tribune might not be your best ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
April 17, 2014 3:28pm
 

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
April 17, 2014 2:02pm
 
Bob: Here you go again, not checking your facts before you blog. Texas families all across our state whether they are supported by single mothers or by working mothers and fathers deserve to be paid fairly for the work that ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
April 16, 2014 7:06pm
 
Well Grouch, I didn't bet or win any money but I was certain you would at least reply to this and I was certain you would have something to say on social security. BTW, I knew you would be forced to reply back to anything I ... More ›

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