What the U.S. economy needs most is for Hillary Clinton not to be the next president, says Stephen Moore, chief economist for The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
"The most important thing in the country is that [Republicans] beat [Hillary Clinton]. We have to beat her. I mean after eight years of Obama, even four years of Hillary, I really shudder to think what will happen to our nation," Moore said. "I'm a real optimist but I don't know if four more years, six more years of this, we're capable of surviving that."
It is also time, Moore said, to end the national debate about gender-based income inequality. The White House has overstated the difference that men and women earn nationally for the same positions, while having an issue of gender inequality of its own, Moore said.
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And the reality is that Americans understand it's in their best interest for men and women to be paid equally since the majority of households in the U.S. have a husband and wife who are both working, he said.
"In other words, if a woman's pay goes down by a little less than a man's pay does, it doesn't help that household because it means both of them are suffering, and most Americans don't look at this in term of gaps, they look at it in terms of how it's affecting their own household," Moore said. "When men's incomes fall, that's hardly a great achievement for women."
More women than men attend college and graduate school now, Moore said, and it's conceivable that the gender pay gap could reverse itself within the next decade.
"It's quite possible in five to 10 years, women are going to be on average making more than men and I wonder if then they're going to complain about the gender gap, the war against men," Moore said.
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