John Roberts: Woman-Hater?
Cathy Young over at Reason Magazine, has a great column about recent revelations about Supreme Court nomineed John Roberts regarding his views on women. It's revealing. A lot of the stories I've read paint Roberts as hating women and wanting to pay women less. But it seems that Roberts was against was "comparable worth" an idea that was bandied about in the late 80s that I thought was a horrible idea. Instead of "equal pay for equal work" which is something only an idiot would oppose, comparable worth would try to eqaulize wages in industries that tend to be dominated by one gender or another. So you would try to eqaulize say a waitress with that of a truck driver. This is hardly equal pay for equal work and it would lead to giving the government a huge role in the economy.
It's been interesting to see how feminist and even some gay establishments have decided that Roberts is a danger to women and gays before we even have a hearing. I am NOT suggesting we give Roberts a pass. We need to know what he thinks on major issues. However, it is wrong to go after Roberts because of something he said 20 years ago. I want to know what he thinks today.
I have no idea if Roberts is going to be a champion for female equality. I would hope so. But let's listen to the hearings before we assume the worst.