Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Oh, life is so unfair....

There's more and it's good, but I just loved this beginning of a John Stossel column because it shows the Left's absolute inability to believe that most people will behave rationally when it comes to economics:

Feminists keep demanding new laws to protect women from the so-called wage gap. Many studies have found that women make about 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. Activists say the pay difference is all about sexism. 'No matter how hard women work, or whatever they achieve in terms of advancement in their own professions and degrees, they will not be compensated equitably!' shouted Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., at a 'wage equity' rally in Washington, D.C. But how could this be possible? Suppose you're an employer doing the hiring. If a woman does equal work for 25 percent less money, businesses would get rich just by hiring women. Why would any employer ever hire a man? Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, gave me this simple answer: 'Because they like to hire men, John. They like to hire people like themselves and they darn sure like to promote people like themselves.' In other words, men so love their fellow men that they are willing to pay a premium of, say, $10,000 on what would otherwise be a $30,000-a-year job, just for the sheer pleasure of employing a man. Nonsense. It's market competition that sets wages.