Labor Department Declares War on Phantom Discrimination

"Pay discrimination continues to plague women and people of color in the workforce," claims  Patricia A. Shiu, a member of President Obama's National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force. There is some difficulty with the claim: an utter absence of data proving that the stated problem is an actual problem. Ms. Shiu has committed a logical error common to ideologues--declaring something true because the ideology dictates that it must be true.

Lower pay plagues women the way in which they are plagued by a slower climb up the corporate ladder due to spending less time climbing in favor of spending more time birthing and caring for youngsters. But any intelligent discussion of genetically-programmed behavior is wasted on gender fairness zealots.

Liberals have decided that alleged pay discrimination must be fixed. And Shiu has a proposal, but not a proposal for a fix, a proposal to "[gather] better data, which will allow us to focus our enforcement resources where they are most needed." Shiu adds, "We can't truly solve this problem until we can see it, measure it and put dollar figures on it."

Oh-oh, did Shiu really say what it appears that she said? Our government needs data to decide how to solve a problem which it believes must exist but which current data suggests doesn't exist? To better comprehend this technique, imagine one of those glassy-eyed alternative medicine gurus grinning at you with that air of enlightenment, channeling "chi" through his gall bladder meridian, and saying, "I know that what I am telling you is true. Knowing is enough for me. When simply knowing becomes enough for you, then you too will have found enlightenment."

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis supports Shiu's plan to generate data that defines a problem which liberals have already declared a problem. Solis proclaims, "Today, almost 50 years after the Equal Pay Act became law, the wage gap has narrowed, but not nearly enough. The president and I are committed to ending pay discrimination once and for all."

Now we feel the love.

Our Messiah-in-Chief once promised to stop the rise of the oceans. We await the stoppage. Once and for all, naturally-occurring climate phenomena will be forbidden to act naturally against Homo sapiens. With the Labor Department's promise to eliminate women's inborn desire to birth and raise children instead of jockeying for the board room, we will also wait with bated breath as Ms. Shiu, Ms. Solis, and Mr. Messiah deliver us from other nefarious natural laws.

Ah, the smell of liberal sanctimoniousness. Smells like victimhood.

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