Obama’s ignorance of the law
Barack Obama continues to embarrass himself with serious misreading of the law and the Constitution. But the media is not interested in pointing any of this out to voters, who are fed the line he is a brilliant legal thinker.
“John McCain‘s new veep nominee seems like a very engaging person, a nice person. But I’ve got to say, she’s opposed – like John McCain is – to equal pay for equal work. That doesn’t make much sense to me.”
Does Mr. Obama, once a student president of the Harvard Law Review and later a teacher of law at the University of Chicago, not know the law?Women have had a legal guarantee of equal pay for equal work since the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and have the right under that Act to sue employers.Can the Democratic candidate really be this clueless about such an important anti-discrimination statute?
Or, perhaps Mr. Obama does know that women have a statutory guarantee of equal pay for equal work, but wants to change that to equal pay for equal worth. That has been the more sweeping, and nebulous, formulation of some feminists.A difference of two letters, if written into law, would open a new regulatory exercise, one that seeks to compare jobs traditionally held by women – teacher aide, librarian, dental hygienist — to jobs traditionally held by men, such as electrician, auto mechanic, and truck driver. It asks, essentially, whether a home health aide should be paid as much as a snowplow driver.“Equal worth” would spawn immense opportunities for trial lawyers, who have contributed millions to the Democratic 2008 campaigns, as well as past Democratic elections.
Ed Lasky is news editor of American Thinker.