Niagara Gazette

Opinion

June 7, 2013

HAMILTON: Governor's inequality bill kills our babies and us

Niagara Gazette — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing what he calls a Women’s Equality Act, and because I believe in equality, I have to ask, “Does anyone rationally understand what equality means anymore?”

How you come out of any logical conversation is largely continent upon where you entered that same conversation. But when we start by simply calling something ‘unequal’, it may not rationally make it so.

So that students rationally understand physics, their teachers often ask them, “Which is heaviest — a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?”

Logically, it would be the bricks, of course; because a single brick is much heavier than a single feather. However, when looking for an equality of weight, rather than an equality of volume, if you are more rational than a fifth-grader, then you know that both are equal — because a ton of each is still a ton of each.

Thus it is, regardless of the video on Governor Cuomo’s web page that starts with two similarly adorned and adorable, newly born babies lying in plastic nursery cribs. The narrator says that they were born in the same hospital, on the same day, at the same time, and will later enter the same profession; but one will earn, on average, $11,000 less a year.

The narrator then speaks of other apparent projected disparities that have more to do with single-parenthood than it does with sex; including that one is twice as likely to become a single parent that lives in poverty.

Then the video colors one of the baby’s skullcaps blue and the other’s pink as the narrator asks, “Why; because one is a girl.”

“It’s not right, it’s not fair, it’s time for a women’s equality act,” he closes out saying, as the words “equal work, equal pay, equal choice, equal chance,” appears.

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