Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has struggled with a well-established woman problem in his Senate campaign, ever since he claimed women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” After he said his opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), was not “ladylike,” her campaign released a video of Akin suggesting that businesses should be allowed to pay women less than men.
When a man asked him why he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Akin said he didn’t support the idea that “government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: You voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why do you think it is okay for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?
AKIN: Well, first of all, the premise of your question is that I’m making that particular distinction. I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom. If someone what’s to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.
I love how folks like Akin use “free enterprise” as an excuse to be discriminatory.
Technically, a truly free market would allow anyone to discriminate against whomever they please and not have to give a reason for it.
Which is exactly why the GOP has such a hard-on for it.
I think the GOP should just simplify and starting using “because freedoms” as an answer with the trusty backup, “Because I said so.”
A truly free market would never be free because humans will always cock it up with their incessant need to find loopholes and the lowest common denominator.