DWS: Hey, it’s government’s job to impose their values on people, or something

posted at 12:10 pm on February 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants people to know that she opposes the imposition of values onto others … when relationships are voluntary.  In an interview with Megyn Kelly at Fox caught by Doug Powers at the Boss Emeritus’ site, the DNC chair denounces employers who impose their values by, er, deciding whether or not to pay for contraception for their employees.  The DNC chair also denounces religious organizations who try to practice what they preach over the demand for subsidies from their employees — for products and services that are so readily available that the CDC shows that 99% of all reproductive-age women who wanted to avoid pregnancy had access to them, and where employees could look for better benefit packages by going to work somewhere else.

But in involuntary relationships — say, where government dictates its values to employers within the US through massive regulation?  Debbie Downer is totally down with that:

“The flip side of this is that religious institutions shouldn’t be imposing their values, necessarily, on their employees who don’t necessarily subscribe to those values.”

Well, here’s the solution to that: if you don’t subscribe to the doctrines of the religious organization for which you work, find another job.  Benefit packages are a competitive part of compensation, and those who don’t like the package at one employer can vote with their feet by working elsewhere.  Believe me, as a hiring manager for 15 years, those competitive practices do work, and businesses are constantly calculating their competitive position on all forms of compensation.  That’s the nature of voluntary, market-based associations like employment.

Even besides that point, going off onto a harangue about the evils of imposing one’s values while demanding compliance with a government mandate that forces religious organizations to subordinate their doctrine to the values of this President is about as good a demonstration of irony as one will see.


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