People who live in glass houses . . .
Turns out the White House only pays women 88 percent of what it pays men.
WHEN WILL THIS WAR ON WHITE HOUSE WOMEN STOP?? Please, if any of these poor women need counseling, they can get in touch with me on the contact page and I will see what I can do.
From CBS News:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sounded a bit defensive Monday, I’d say:
And I think that it is worth noting, as anyone who participates in our senior staff meetings can see, that we have here in the White House over half the women — over half the staff are women and fulfilling key senior leadership roles across the board, including Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler, Senior Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett, Direct of Domestic Policy Cecilia Muñoz, Director Communications Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Legislative Affairs Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Scheduling Danielle Crutchfield, and Director of Management Administration Katie Kale.
Yeah, some of my best friends are women!
And BTW, the Washington Free Beacon reports today that Senate Democrats pay their female staffers only 91 cents on the dollar paid to men.
The charge that women’s earnings of 77 cents on the dollar amounts to “discrimination” is the most dishonest, thoroughly debunked, egregiously smarmy claim out there. Obama knows this, but of course keeps repeating it anyway. Because that’s how the hope and change guy rolls.
Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute calls it an “unequivocally bogus statistic”:
First, when controlling for all the factors that influence pay, such as work experience, the number of hours worked per week, and so on, the raw gender pay gap almost disappears . . .
Second, women tend to work in jobs that pay higher benefits relative to their salaries. Economists Eric Solberg and Teresa Laughlin of California State University found that factoring in benefits eliminated around nine percentage points of the raw pay gap, and concluded that “any measure of earnings that excludes fringe benefits may produce misleading results as to the existence, magnitude, consequence, and source of market discrimination.”
No doubt there’s some discrimination. But it ain’t nearly what they’re saying. Discrimination should be taken seriously and prosecuted. But this cannot be used to install more Socialism in an effort go guarantee results, which is what, other than bashing Republicans, this fight really is about.
What President Obama really needs to do is invent a way for men to have babies. Now, given that Obamacare mandates maternity coverage for men, it could be that they’re working on this.
But until then, the fact is that women are going to have babies and be more likely to want to drop out of the workforce to take care of them – often as they are on the cusp of starting to make real money - or cut back their hours. In either case, their earnings relative to men decline.
But who cares about such details when you’re trying to hold the Senate?