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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Toddler Wage Gap and Mommy Wage Gap

Just in time for International Women’s Day on March 8, Facebook’s feminist boss, Sheryl Sandberg, appeared on Fox News’ top-rated Megyn Kelly show to complain that “There is a toddler wage gap in this country.” To prove her shocking charge of inequality within the traditional American family, Sandberg said that “boys do fewer chores than girls and get paid more. Our sons take out the trash, [which] doesn’t take that long. Our daughters set the table, [which] takes longer.” Supposedly, this injustice to little girls leads to discrimination against women in the workplace, so obviously we need government intervention and a change of cultural attitudes. Little girls should “lean in” and demand the right to carry out the trash instead of doing cleaner household tasks.

This is the latest wrinkle in the Leftwing campaign to get all moms into the labor force and eliminate the traditional middle class family with a father provider and a full-time mother caring for their own kids. President Obama made that goal clear in Providence, Rhode Island, last fall when he pronounced that whenever “mom leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life, that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”

Obama’s $80 billion daycare plan would triple the current child-care tax credit to $3,000 for two-earner families with children under age five, plus sweeten the package with a new $500 credit for couples when both spouses are in the workforce. Tough luck for the one-third of families where the mom leaves the work force for a short time to give her children personal (instead of commercial) care. Obama’s tax plan is highly discriminatory against families that want to give their babies mommy care rather than turning them over to hired caregivers whose salaries are paid by our taxes.

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