GOP official argues men deserve more pay than women because men are the breadwinners and women should stay home with the kids.
In a letter to the editor submitted to the Wasatch Wave, James C. Green, Wasatch Co. GOP Vice-Chair, explains “the problem with the Equal Pay bill being considered by the Utah Legislature.”
In his letter, Green admits that women are paid less than men for the same work, but argues that this inequality in pay should be preserved because men deserve more than women.
Green begins by noting:
Traditionally men have earned more than women in the workplace because they are considered the primary breadwinners for families. They need to make enough to support their families and allow the Mother to remain in the home to raise and nurture the children.
Green then tries to explain why equal pay for equal work is a bad idea:
If businesses are forced to pay women the same as male earnings, that means they will have to reduce the pay for the men they employ… simple economics. If that happens, then men will have an even more difficult time earning enough to support their families, which will mean more Mothers will be forced to leave the home (where they may prefer to be) to join the workforce to make up the difference.
Green goes on to lament:
It’s a vicious cycle that only gets worse the more equality of pay is forced upon us. It’s a situation of well-meaning intentions, but negative unintended consequences.
Green concludes by arguing it would be bet if we simply dropped the whole notion of equal pay for equal work:
We should encourage our Legislators to drop the whole notion. Let the marketplace determine what free-market forces should prevail. It is not the role of government to dictate to businesses what they should pay anyway… either as a Minimum Wage or Equal Pay for men and women.
On their Facebook page, the Wasatch County Democrats comments on Green’s outrageous letter, noting:
Utah is one of six states that does not have an equal pay law.
The outrageous position of oppositions to this bill (equal pay for equal work bill) is exhibited in the Letter to the Editor in the Wave and the Park Record by James C. Green, Wasatch County GOP Vice-Chair.
Bottom line: Green’s letter is an obnoxious display of misogyny and sexism common in the Republican party. The message is clear: For the GOP, women are second-class citizens who belong at home with the children.
(H/T The Wasatch Wave)