Rand Paul Compares Paycheck Fairness To Soviet PolitburoSubmitted by radiofriendly on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 21:14
The Paycheck Fairness Act failed in the Senate on a strictly party line vote on Tuesday. Senate Democrats had argued that the measure was essential because women still receive only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the same job.
But Paul, a staunch libertarian, said passing a law that would have given judges more leeway to determine if a woman had been paid unfairly would be a step toward reviving the Soviet Union's notorious central governing body here. The United States' free market, he argued, works much better at setting wages at the appropriate level.
"Three hundred million people get to vote everyday on what you should be paid or what the price of goods are," Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill. "In the Soviet Union, the Politburo decided the price of bread, and they either had no bread or too much bread. So setting prices or wages by the government is always a bad idea."