Former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra has an ingenious idea for helping create jobs if he makes it to Congress again — eliminate the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act. After all, if it’s “hurting business” it really shouldn’t be allowed.
Via Huffington Post, Hoekstra told a crowd at a campaign rally, “Will, you know, will repealing it be a priority? If you came back and said, you know, that’s really the thing that’s hurting my business the most. My guess is there are other things that we can do that have a higher priority in terms of what I, what I believe might need to be done. I think you know we need to create — that thing is a nuisance. It shouldn’t be the law.”
Ensuring that all people are paid equitably regardless of their gender, age, religion or race is a “nuisance” to businesses? Well, why stop there? Let’s eliminate all rules and regulations that might be a “nuisance” that hurts businesses. Minimum wage? Not needed. Employee benefits and insurance? Get rid of them. Safety standards? Bah, sounds expensive.
Oh, wait. I’d better stop. Hoekstra might add those into his campaign promises, too.
On the bright side, at least he didn’t try to claim money is more important for men than women. Just that it’s more important for employers than employees.