Kamala Harris has a stupid idea. In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet, and Bernie Sanders has a bad haircut. Excerpt:
Is there really a significant gap between what men and women earn? Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris thinks so and she has a plan to fix it.
Harris’ plan, which broadly mandates that companies prove they aren’t discriminating against women, proposes to fine corporations that don’t close their pay gaps between women and men — with the proceeds going toward building out universal paid family and medical leave.
Several studies have shown that women earn less than men, with the gap larger for Latinas and black women. Harris previewed the plan at a Sunday rally in Los Angeles, taking aim at the pay gap. “This has got to end!” she said.
The problems with this proposal begin with definitions. What is “equal pay” anyway? Even more problematic, what defines “equal pay for equal work”?
Government tries to assign numerical values to specific jobs to measure gender discrimination. But each company is different, and trying to use numbers to define value would appear to be a futile undertaking.
This isn’t stopping Harris, who wants to overhaul anti-discrimination laws and turn the system into a cash cow to fund pet Democratic social programs, including universal paid family and medical leave:
Companies would be fined 1 percent of their average daily profits for every 1 percent of wage gap during the last fiscal year, after accounting for differences in job titles, experience and performance. It would generate an estimated $180 billion over a decade.
But here’s the funniest bit: The woman who is proposing this lunacy, which would create a huge Imperial bureaucracy to investigate the payrolls of every existing American business and place yet another staggering regulatory burden on the producers in our economy – the woman who is engaging in the biggest act of pandering since Caligula courted the equine vote by appointing his horse as Consul – first achieved political prominence in (where else?) California by the expedient of riding there on Willie Brown’s penis.
And she’s proposing herself as the champion of young women? As a role model? Don’t make me laugh.