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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Another idiotic Michael Moore production

Michael Moore, in his USA Today column, lists the following things as something that Republicans who run the country do not support:
Clean air and water
Equal rights for women
No discrimination against gays

My response for the disingenuous filmmaker:

Both the Republicans and Democrats support clean air and water. The Republicans, however, are the party that understands the concept of marginal utility. We look at a proposition to spend $10 million a year to improve air quality to save three people from cancer deaths, and think we could save a lot more lives by spending that money on mammograms and prostate exams for needy Americans.

Both the Republicans and Democrats support equal rights for women. The Republicans, however, acknowledge that differences in wages can be the result of education, experience, job performance, hours worked, and dare we say better salary negotiation skills. We recognize that if women were systematically paid 25% less than men, then companies would be scrambling to cut salary expenses by 25% by hiring women exclusively.

Both the Republicans and Democrats oppose discrimination against gays. The Republicans fully support the right of both gays and straights to marry: an arrangement for one consenting man and one consenting woman. We may oppose calling other arrangements marriage, but we oppose these arrangements equally for gays and straights.

Just because you think Republicans support pollution and underpay women and discriminate against gays doesn't make it so. If you don't figure this simple fact out, it will be a long time before you will have another happy party.


At 1:47 AM, Blogger Joel said...

So you would prefer that gay men form marriages with women that will be neither emotionally nor physically productive for either partner, instead of allowing all people to form legal relationships based on financial, physical, and emotional interdependence with the person of their choice? Exactly how is that something anyone should support?

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joel.

I don't have strong feelings on the subject of gay marriage, and would accept it if initiated by the legislature or popular initiative. I do wish to highlight a couple of risks: 1) "marriages" between business partners or close friends for the purpose of defrauding the government (passing on assets tax free) and 2) the legal arguments in favor of gay marriage can be used to support marriage between consenting adult relatives or among 3 or more people.

My point in posting is to respond to Michael Moore's comments, by illustrating that Republicans aren't being discriminatory. The other two points I raised were stronger, in my opinion.

I'd love for all relationships to be happy. But since we will never develop mind-reading technologies and use them to judge marriages, we need to have a standard for the special legal arrangement called marriage. We could use the traditional arrangement, which is based on love, supporting one another, and raising a family. We recognize that not all marriages will involve love, and not all will involve families, but most will, and that is seen as constructive for society. Or, we can have no restrictions at all.

Regardless of what the government says about your relationship, I hope you will find happiness.


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