Fed­eral poli­cies aren’t the an­swer to ‘gen­der pay gap’

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

The opin­ion of the ed­i­tor in the April 15 edi­tion of the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent [“Equal Pay Day un­der­scores chronic gap”] was that there is a chronic pay gap be­tween the sexes. The ed­i­tor sug­gested the so­lu­tion is na­tional poli­cies “... like wage sub­si­dies, early-child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and safe and af­ford­able day care to help strengthen house­holds in gen­eral.” Na­tional poli­cies, of course, mean more fed­eral in­ter­ven­tion in the lives of peo­ple.

It is a false as­sump­tion and, in­deed, a ma­jor mis­take to think gov­ern­ment can solve all the prob­lems of so­ci­ety by pass­ing more leg­is­la­tion. The Great So­ci­ety ini­ti­ated by Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son has been a mis­er­able fail­ure, even though hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars have been spent. We have to­day a higher per­cent­age of peo­ple on the gov­ern­ment dole than ever be­fore in U.S. his­tory.

I sug­gest the re­spon­si­bil­ity for much of so­ci­ety’s de­pen­dence on gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance can be at­trib­uted to poli­cies en­acted by lib­eral leg­is­la­tors. They want a por­tion of the vot­ing pub­lic to re­main be­holden to the gov­ern­ment. And they are in­creas­ing this de­pen­dence by al­low­ing the unchecked en­trance of il­le­gal im­mi­grants into the U.S.

There are many so­ci­etal prob­lems; how­ever, gov­ern­ment is not the so­lu­tion. Glo­ria Hawkins, in a re­cent let­ter to the ed­i­tor, iden­ti­fied the prob­lem in one word: “ig­no­rance” [“Ig­no­rance is de­stroy­ing Amer­ica,” March 25, The Calvert Recorder]. Peo­ple are ig­no­rant about so many fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant things. When it comes to our na­tion, ig­no­rance about our na­tion’s found­ing, our Found­ing Fa­thers, our Con­sti­tu­tion, our po­lit­i­cal process, what each po­lit­i­cal party stands for, etc., jeop­ar­dizes our very ex­is­tence.

There is no ex­cuse to be un­in­formed in our so­ci­ety, where re­sources are avail­able to ev­ery­one to re­search and iden­tify the truth on any is­sue. In fact, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity and duty as cit­i­zens to be cog­nizant of truth. It has been rightly said, “The truth shall set you free.”

Our na­tion was not es­tab­lished by gov­ern­ment. It was not built by leg­is­la­tion. It was built on free­dom by moral and re­li­gious peo­ple work­ing hard day af­ter day to achieve their dreams. Gov­ern­ment can leg­is­late, but leg­is­la­tion can­not bring about the ful­fill­ment of dreams. There are things in this life that peo­ple must do for them­selves.

His­tory is a won­der­ful sub­ject, and it pro­vides in­valu­able les­sons for those who take the time to study and learn from it. His­tory teaches us that so­cial­ism and com­mu­nism both fail to bring eco­nomic and so­cial equal­ity to the masses. In­stead, they en­slave the com­mon peo­ple to a rul­ing class. Our na­tion is not per­fect, but it gives ev­ery­one the free­dom and op­por­tu­nity to achieve.

Fi­nally, to ad­dress the chronic pay gap be­tween the sexes — I be­lieve it is a myth. It is also dif­fi­cult, if not im­pos­si­ble, for some peo­ple to ac­knowl­edge and ad­mit that we are male and fe­male and will never be equal.

It is far bet­ter to ed­u­cate one’s self to the truth by dili­gent re­search be­fore mak­ing judg­ments and de­ci­sions. Re­move the ig­no­rance and un­cover the truth be­hind this great na­tion we live in. Ig­no­rance of the truth will al­most al­ways pro­duce the wrong re­sult.

Don­ald E. Strawser, Hunt­ing­town

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