June 18, 2014

Equal Pay Crusaderism

By In Blogs, Mitchell Thompson

Steve Benen at MSNBC writes of Equal Pay Day:

[Democrats] planned to use Equal Pay Day to highlight the fact that women in the U.S. workforce don’t receive equal pay for equal work, and Dems are prepared to do something about it.

Yes. They plan to do something about it. Such is the nature of the politician.

Used to be these gloomy busybodies, these bureaucratically-minded economic reformers, focused on imagery right out of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.  Sweating children who worked for pennies a day and pregnant young mothers who hadn’t slept in weeks. If you want to stay elected, its important to draw attention to these conditions.  But if the camera is not ready, handing them a water bottle is a wasted effort.

From the battlegrounds of their air-conditioned offices, they sought to lead the way on a crusade against despicable evils like corporations which use factories to produce things.

But in 2014, it seems we’ve got other things to worry about.  More important things. The world suffers under the pressure of government regulation, globally fascist economic measures, and debasing currencies.  But put that aside for a moment.  Some lobbying group, champions of modern day political hackery, has discovered a disparity in a statistic!  The horror that faces you and I –I don’t care if you’ve never thought about it before! –is that those individuals of the female gender, as a whole, aren’t paid as much as the men!  If this isn’t patriarchy, I don’t know what is.  Sure, they have jobs when so many people these days don’t, but the important thing is that we make sure that all people make exactly the same amount!

Except politicians.  They need a raise.

In any case, one should be aware that the statistics being cited here are misleading.  Of course they are. They must be. The nature of politics depends on it.  A congressman might have told the truth once, but unfortunately it happened in the forest and nobody was around to hear it.

Tom Woods has featured the topic on his show.  You can listen to it below.  In the blogpost, Woods also writes:

Today is “Equal Pay Day,” the day that represents how far into 2014 the average American woman would have to keep working in order to earn what the average American man had earned in the previous year. Women earn 77 percent of what men do, we’re told. This must be caused by — I’ll give you three guesses — discrimination!

Of course, there is no 23% premium that men earn over women; the statistic is preposterous on its face — what firm wouldn’t instantly hire all its male employees and replace them with women in order to earn that kind of return?

It turns out that the alleged pay gap vanishes into thin air when we disaggregate the data and compare apples to apples.

Written by Mitchell Thompson

I was born and raised in Northern California where I was homeschooled. I became a Protestant (Calvinistic) seven years ago. I was also, starting in 2006, a Buchananite conservative until I met Ron Paul during the 2008 elections. From then on I read everything I could from the Mises Institute and am now satisfied as a Rothbardian libertarian. I am slowly becoming a more confessional Reformed Baptist. Hoping to get more and more involved on this site. My Twitter handle is @MitchRThompson. Cheers.