Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How Much Do You Really Know About the “Paycheck Fairness Act”?

 

This week, the Senate has been considering legislation dubbed “The Paycheck Fairness Act.” Proponents argue that it will help women and advance equal pay, but few give any details about how it would accomplish this or explain what the bill actually does. That’s probably because the bill’s actual provisions have little to do with helping women, but much more to do with lining the pockets of lawyers. Indeed, women overall — and certainly those who own small businesses — would probably be more harmed than helped by this law.

Test your knowledge of what’s really in “The Paycheck Fairness Act” by taking this short quiz created by the Independent Women’s Forum. Encourage your friends to do the same. As is often the case, the rhetoric surrounding this bill is very different than its actual substance.

And if you like that quiz, try taking this one on the wage gap – which is based on the same reasoning fallacies that proved so awkward for the White House this week – It gets uncomfortable when you have to refute your own claims to justify your own payroll. Oops!

There are 11 comments.

  1. Josh F. Inactive

    As with the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010,” the Democrats’ characterization of the legislation belies what it actually does. But, until the American people punish the Democrats for endlessly pandering, they’ll keep pandering.

    Meanwhile, the GOP should decry this proposal as the “Lawyer Payday Act” and talk about how getting government out of the way of robust economic growth is the best way to help women and to help all Americans.

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    • April 10, 2014, at 4:20 PM PST
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  2. James Of England Moderator

    I thought that this was excellent, although I’m unsure about the example couples and women at the end of the pay gap article/ questionnaire. In reading your site, I couldn’t help noticing your colleague Julie Gunlock had a book on, inter alia, cupcakes. I hope she’s seen this article, which is not ironic or an intentional parody, on the link between cupcakes and modern fascism. Quite incredible.

    Bucky Boz:

    Meanwhile, the GOP should decry this proposal as the “Lawyer Payday Act” and talk about how getting government out of the way of robust economic growth is the best way to help women and to help all Americans.

     That was the response to the Lilly Ledbetter Act. I’m not sure it works too well, but I think you’re right that it’s the best of a bad bunch of responses. The left’s policy here is destructive, but both very appealing to its target market and not particularly emotive to anyone else.

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    • April 10, 2014, at 5:39 PM PST
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  3. Randy Webster Member

    James of England
    I hope she’s seen this article, which is not ironic or an intentional parody, on the link between cupcakes and modern fascism. Quite incredible.

    I liked the phrase “the lisped strumming of ukeleles.”

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    • April 10, 2014, at 6:34 PM PST
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  4. Josh F. Inactive

    James Of England:

    Bucky Boz:

    Meanwhile, the GOP should decry this proposal as the “Lawyer Payday Act” and talk about how getting government out of the way of robust economic growth is the best way to help women and to help all Americans.

    That was the response to the Lilly Ledbetter Act. I’m not sure it works too well, but I think you’re right that it’s the best of a bad bunch of responses. The left’s policy here is destructive, but both very appealing to its target market and not particularly emotive to anyone else.

     I’d agree with you if this was another VAWA where the reason for constitutional based opposition couldn’t be condensed into a 5 second sound bite. Here, the GOP rejoinder can just be: real workplace fairness doesn’t start with lawyers, it starts with a growing economy.

    Most importantly, the GOP has the votes to back up their opposition, unlike 2009. Further, the GOP can find women employees and employers who’ve been harmed by the growth in taxes, laws, and regulations flowing from Obama and his Democrat supporters.

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    • April 11, 2014, at 8:05 AM PST
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  5. James Of England Moderator

    Bucky Boz:

    James Of England:

    Bucky Boz:

    Meanwhile, the GOP should decry this proposal as the “Lawyer Payday Act” and talk about how getting government out of the way of robust economic growth is the best way to help women and to help all Americans.

    That was the response to the Lilly Ledbetter Act. I’m not sure it works too well, but I think you’re right that it’s the best of a bad bunch of responses. The left’s policy here is destructive, but both very appealing to its target market and not particularly emotive to anyone else.

    I’d agree with you if this was another VAWA where the reason for constitutional based opposition couldn’t be condensed into a 5 second sound bite. Here, the GOP rejoinder can just be: real workplace fairness doesn’t start with lawyers, it starts with a growing economy.

    Most importantly, the GOP has the votes to back up their opposition, unlike 2009. Further, the GOP can find women employees and employers who’ve been harmed by the growth in taxes, laws, and regulations flowing from Obama and his Democrat supporters.

     Here’s hoping!

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    • April 11, 2014, at 9:07 AM PST
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  6. Joseph Eagar Member

    Want to end discrimination? Why, the answer is so simple anyone should see it: we need even more discrimination!

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    • April 11, 2014, at 3:36 PM PST
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