Las Vegas Review-Journal | Obama ignores his dismal jobs record

While the overall U.S. unemployment rate stands at 8.1 percent, African-American unemployment is now at 14.1 percent, and the official unemployment rate for black youth ages 18 to 29 is 22.3 percent.

Then Mr. Obama urged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Make no mistake: The idea that a woman with equal qualifications should be offered less to do the same job as a man is unacceptable. It’s also been virtually unheard of in America for decades, in part because it’s already illegal. Instead, what the president and those on the far left propose is a remedy for the fact that women sometimes earn less over their lifetimes.

So the proposal has government force private employers to pay some women more (or some men less) for what some bureaucrat decides is a job “equivalent” to a different job held by a man – a job that requires different training or which fewer people want to do, and which the private employer thus finds harder to fill.

Such a step could indeed create more jobs – but unfortunately, only among the class of attorneys retained to fight ginned-up discrimination lawsuits. Diverting employer cash and energies into this new bureaucratic maze is supposed to help overall employment?


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