Republican Senatorial Candidate Rep. Todd Akin: It’s OK For Employers To Pay Women Less

October 2, 2012  |  

He’s at it again. Maybe Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) should leave politics and take a radio job as a shock jock.

Back in August the Senate candidate made the wild claim that the victims of “legitimate rape” can force their bodies to avoid pregnancy. Now, Akin is saying it’s okay for employers to pay women less than men. Forget the Equal Pay Act of 1963. According to Akin, it’s just a matter of capitalism.

“I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay,” Akin said at a town hall meeting last week.

“I think it’s about freedom,” Akin added, responding to an inquiry about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. “If somebody wants 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.”

Women — Republican and Democrat — have been affected by the pay gap. In fact, reports The Huffington Post, “Closing the female pay gap has proved difficult in recent decades. In the second quarter of 2012, the median female worker’s earnings amounted to just 80 percent of the median male worker’s earnings, according to the Labor Department, not much more than the 75 percent they earned in 1989, according to a separate study. And it’s not just women in low paying jobs who are victims of pay discrepancy.” According to HuffPost, “Female chief executives earn roughly 72 percent of what their male counterparts make.”

All of the verbal damage that Rep. Akin is doing to his own campaign is taking a toll. Politico reports that Akin’s opponent, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, has a nine-point lead.

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