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Todd Akin: Employers Should Be Allowed To Pay Women Less Than Men Because Of 'Freedom'

10:13 am - 10/02/2012
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), the Senate candidate that drew criticism in August after making the inaccurate claim that the victims of "legitimate rape" can force their bodies to avoid pregnancy, also believes it's fair for employers to pay women less than men.

"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 on Thursday. The comment came in response to a question about Akin's decision to vote against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which has made it it easier for women to challenge unequal pay.

"I think it's about freedom," Akin added. "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."

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.

Though women more often work in lower-paying industries than men, some employers have been found to pay women less for equal work. Female chief executives earn roughly 72 percent of what their male counterparts make.

Akin has stayed in the Senate race in spite of calls from a number of Republican politicians to bow out. He currently leads his opposition, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), by one percentage point, according to the latest poll. McCaskill recently released the video of Akin's remarks on female pay.

By Bonnie Kavoussi. Posted: 10/01/2012 10:54 am EDT Updated: 10/01/2012 5:25 pm EDT


Video at the Source.
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lovedforaday 2nd-Oct-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Could use the Missouri tag.

He's been saying this type of shit for years.
dagnirovanaliel 2nd-Oct-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
The prospect of having both him and Blunt in the Senate terrifies me.
justagimmick 2nd-Oct-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
this man is such a ass.
13oct 2nd-Oct-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Is this guy for real? And he's still leading despite everything?!
lickety_split 2nd-Oct-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
There's no doubt in my mind that he's dead serious. And a lot of men agree with him, even the supposedly liberal ones.

They're usually the same people who think teachers deserve what they get paid because most of them are women they get to go home at 3 (damn, sign me up for THAT school district please) and get to take the same breaks as the kids.

Edited at 2012-10-02 04:31 pm (UTC)
ghost_busting 2nd-Oct-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Go fuck yourself.

fightingwords 2nd-Oct-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Stealing.
ferlingmule 2nd-Oct-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
People like him keep making it easier and easier to not vote Repub.
carmy_w 2nd-Oct-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, this! Keep on spouting that BS, Akin!
thecityofdis 2nd-Oct-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
god i hate this man.
lickety_split 2nd-Oct-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
I know a lot of assholes that endorse this belief, and most of them usually have the audacity to bring pregnancy and motherhood into the argument, while at the same time, shitting on women who don't sacrifice their time at work for the sake of their children (.... like men do).

In conclusion, the majority of the male population sucks so much that the few who do manage to be human don't really matter much.

Please God don't let there be any white knights in this post. The black ones are tired of this shit.
rex_dart 2nd-Oct-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
it is not men's fault that platform pumps don't have bootstraps on them.
beautyofgrey 2nd-Oct-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
HOW DOES THIS MAN LEAD IN THE POLLS?

*headdesk*
kseda 2nd-Oct-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Don't you see, he's a poor underdog victim of the lamestream media, supporting him is essential for freedom or something.

It's the backlash against the backlash against him, in other words. Plus there really are THAT many people out there who espouse his beliefs.
browneyedguuurl 2nd-Oct-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Omg, if this asshole wins so help me God!
jasonbeast 2nd-Oct-2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
While we're at it, let's do away with those pesky minimum-wage laws. You know. For freedom! Everyone can have a job! Eleven cents an hour, here we come!
rhysande 2nd-Oct-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Akin doesn't believe in minimum wages. either.
layweed 2nd-Oct-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
The electorate of Missouri should be allowed to kick you in the balls because of "freedom".
fightingwords 2nd-Oct-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yep.
shadwing 2nd-Oct-2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
I think the Party's problem with Akin isn't that he said those remarks, it because he took a pretty winnable race (he was leading Claire by a clear margin) into a nailbiter, I don't think he's gonna be getting Romney or Ryan in MO to plead his case, he's political poison to them. He's 'leading' by one point that could be within the margin of error easy. And they will need every Senate seat they can get if they want to topple the Dem Majority there.

THAT'S what hacks the GOP off, Akin might have cost them the Senate Majority they need to overcome anything Obama (if he's re-elected) vetos.

These remarks are not going to help he cause, he needs to win over the moderates and the independents...and so far it looks like he's failing badly.

lovedforaday 2nd-Oct-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Anyone with an R after their name was likely going to beat McCaskill. All he had to do was sit back, stick with the talking points and air ads showing Obama hugging McCasskil.
msdevin92 2nd-Oct-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don't pay

Of course, if someone says we should pay the bigwigs less, it makes them a freedom-hating communist/socialist/fascist/whatever.

If somebody wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that's fine

This whole thing is about women NOT wanting to be paid less ffs they DON'T agree.
darlahood 2nd-Oct-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Who is Akin talking to anymore? There is such a small percentage of families where women don't work or where "it doesn't matter if they earn less." Even in the most poor, rural, white stereotypical Republican family you can think of, women still work! (And I'm talking about outside the home.)
luminescnece 3rd-Oct-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Sadly, there are women who agree with him. And they work. I don't understand it.
mindrtist 2nd-Oct-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
He should join up with Michele Bachman and her wacky ideas on min. wage
cher_arlequin 2nd-Oct-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Why is he still saying words.
fightingwords 2nd-Oct-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I can't even think of enough curse words to construct a response to this.
kitanabychoice 2nd-Oct-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
BECAUSE FREEDOM

the answer to everything, obviously.

companies have the freedom to pay you whatever they want and you have the freedom to be at their mercy in order to scrape by a living. that's my kind of freedom right there, dontcha know.
sankaku_atama 2nd-Oct-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Akin needs a swift kick in his balls BECAUSE FREEDOM. That's my kind.
celestineangel 2nd-Oct-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
This guy just needs to stop.
simplefaith08 2nd-Oct-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
The best (and by best I mean worst) thing is, if their sorry selves got fired from a job once they say something that even PR couldn't salvage, suddenly it wouldn't be about the boss's "freedom" anymore, would it? Suddenly it's "unjust" to treat workers however you want.

long story short: ME ME ME MY FREEDOM ME
hammersxstrings 2nd-Oct-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
god, i hate this douchecanoe. and i hate my state for still even allowing him to be near mccaskill. i know a lot of people hate her but jfc
red_pill 2nd-Oct-2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
you could view it as freedom

or as fraud. if you do the same work for less then someone else, and you do the same job, in the same place, thats wrong. and it seem fraudlent. it proberbly isnt, but there is an expection that for equell work you get equel pay, and i dont think its unfair to say that to dash that is somewhat fraudlent, as it set up and then denys expections

im all for anything that will equelise pay between groups, peforming the same job in the same place.
meimichan 2nd-Oct-2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
I know Wisconsin shot down the state's equal pay law, wouldn't surprise me if Michigan went that way too.
anjak_j 2nd-Oct-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
This guy is such a fucking wanker. And worse, there are actually people who listen to and subscribe to the bullshit that comes out of his mouth...
xochitl 2nd-Oct-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Had a discussion about this on FB, wherein I had to explain to someone that it doesn't matter what you think SHOULD happen in Happy Magic Free Market Land, here on planet earth some people are assholes and discriminate.
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