In the middle of a self-proclaimed economic crisis, President Joe Biden took to the bully pulpit to advocate not for that middle class but for those seeking to make millions kicking a ball.
That's right, you were told to stay home, miss family holidays, not go to church, and deal with the economic fallout. You were told that things were so bad that the only hope was sending $2,000 checks to Americans. Well, when it comes to some athletes, Biden wants a lot more than that.
Millionaire Rapinoe Speaks Out – She's “Devalued.”
This happened when Biden hosted outspoken far-left political activist and feminine soccer player Megan Rapinoe on March 24 for that signing of a proclamation for National Equal Pay Day. Millionaire Rapinoe took to the podium to speak down to America by saying:
She followed it up the next day on Good Morning America by saying, with regard to her male Olympic counterparts, \”We won't accept anything under equal pay.\”
There are real issues to resolve in this country, and making millionaire soccer players richer isn't one of them.
Well, for the last Olympics, where players were ostensibly representing their country from patriotism, the women's team designed a whopping collective $221,000 per game, as opposed to $213,000 for the men. These rates were according to separate deals that both men's and women's team individually negotiated themselves. They decided to it, and the women actually got paid more.
They also received separate benefits the men did not, such as paid maternity leave for just one year. But facts never stand it the way of woke ideology.
An Airing of Grievances – From Professional Game Players
Her gripes don't end using the Olympics, though. She and also the woke left want all women's professional sports salaries to become artificially inflated to match the men's. Bear in mind that the National Women's Soccer League only exists because it is funded and it does not turn a profit.
Accompanying Rapinoe at the White House event was teammate Margaret Purce, who called for us taxpayers to fund all this:
Yes, Purce and Rapinoe, with the full support of Joe and Jill Biden, lectured Americans on the noble purpose of giving money to professional athletes. This woke lecture being more outlandish given that fewer Americans are watching sports due to this rampant wokeism.
It wasn't exactly an offer aimed at building the middle class that Biden promised. Just the opposite, it was about building up a small group of elite, rich, and famous professional game players.
All of the is even more ridiculous given that soccer is probably the cheapest sport to play in the world. There isn't an access problem with soccer. Children around the world in dire economic straits play it in the streets. All you really need is a ball.
There is no barrier to playing soccer on grounds of sex, not to mention a justification for the White House to make it its priority to increase access. This really is about paying people a lot of money to do something that some of us would do just for fun or as a workout.
Rapinoe's beef is just that she wants more money for something people won't pay her enough to complete. The far-left agrees. Rapinoe wants to get richer playing an activity.
She wants you to be on the hook for that, to include:
…funding and resources, marketing and branding, and purchasing, not just the players, but the support staff and coaching. And media, TV media, print media – all of it.
And You Get to Pay for It!
Where is that money likely to come from? Judging by the views she showcased at the White House and in front of Congress, all roads result in you, the taxpayer, consumer, and worker. These costs is going to be passed along to the everyone else by federal dictates.
The timing of her White House appearance was no accident. It was meant to develop the fanfare for congressional action. This Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote around the misnomered Paycheck Fairness Act.
According to analysis by The Heritage Foundation – and also the Daily Signal is its multimedia news organization – the balance:
would allow employees to sue businesses that pay different workers different wages – even when those differences have nothing use the employees' sex. These lawsuits can be brought for unlimited damages, giving a windfall to trial lawyers.
Among other activities, this bill would decrease workplace flexibility options and eliminate performance pay. To \”equalize pay\” on such rigid and unpractical lines means that the evolving and personalized work arrangements that often benefit women more than men – such as paid maternity leave, leave for a child's doctor appointments and snow days, and teleworking arrangements – are all threatened.
The policymakers set to vote on this bill don't even abide by these dictates for their own staff. Actually, to \”equalize pay\” on Capitol Hill would mean paying some categories of male staffers more.
This Issue is Simpler Than Politicians Care to Admit
Like many problems in our political discourse, this one is a lot simpler than politicians choose to admit: Women's professional soccer isn't profitable since there aren't many people who want to watch it. This is exactly why women's professional soccer players, outside the Olympics, don't make as much as the men.
For many, myself included, you probably couldn't pay us to look at an entire game with Rapinoe, given her antics. Now Biden and also the left want us to pay for to not watch it so Rapinoe could possibly get even richer. As far as this writer is worried, Rapinoe can take her ball and go back home.
There are real issues to solve in this country, and making millionaire soccer players richer is not one of them.
Mike Howell is senior adviser for executive branch relations at The Heritage Foundation. A lawyer, he previously worked in the general counsel’s office in the Department of Homeland Security and, before that, for the chief oversight committees of the House and Senate.