After a while, people just get used to this kind of thing, and nobody cares. Presidential abuse of power, when not stopped early in its tracks, just gets worse and worse, as we have seen time and again with President Obama.
The mainstream press has mostly mitigated the egregiousness of this stuff – executive actions that end-run Congress, wars waged overseas without Congress even weighing in, appointments that require congressional approval made without congressional approval, etc., etc., etc., – because of course, Obama is just trying to do what’s right for people. So he’s allowed.
Most recently, he’s been weighing in on the Hillary email scandal, suggesting it just ain’t a big deal. And then of course Attorney General Loretta Lynch will make her own decision about whether to prosecute should the FBI have the guts to recommend such a thing.
Tuesday, Obama took sides in a wage discrimination suit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by five members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who complain that they are paid less than the male soccer players and it’s because they are women.
Now guess whose side he took?
Men are paid more because men’s soccer generally takes in more money, last year being an exception since the women won the World Cup. The men are faster, more skilled and more exciting to watch. Oh God, did I just say that? You know you can’t speak the truth, I mean, this is journalism, right?
However, the women do something a lot the men don’t do as much of, and that is win. But until 2015, that still hasn’t translated into a better bottom line. If they keep winning, and keep earning more, then they will be able to negotiate better salaries. But why wait for all that when you can take legal action?
But I digress. It’s a suit, and they have a right to sue. And the U.S. Soccer Federation, which they are suing, has a right to defend itself before the EEOC, a bipartisan, independent agency that is supposed to be beyond the influence of crass politicians like the president.
The same president who said Tuesday:
Equal pay for equal work should be a fundamental principle of our economy. It’s the idea that whether you’re a high school teacher, a business executive, or a professional soccer player or tennis player, your work should be equally valued and rewarded, whether you are a man or a woman.
Uh oh. Just threw that soccer stuff in, I guess. Just like, for example.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest gets that there’s a problem, and so he was trying to spin away the president’s clear suggestion about how the EEOC should rule:
I think the point of the President’s remarks today was just to acknowledge the facts of that specific situation. What sort of ruling is handed down by the EEOC is something that the commissioners there will have to conclude on their own. I think the President is just sort of acknowledging the paid disparity that exists in a variety of professions, including when it comes to the best soccer players in the world.
Now that’s some good spinnin’. In reality, Obama’s point of view on the case is clear.
So, you’re on the EEOC. The EEOC, though independent and bipartisan, is appointed by the president. What do you think you should do now?
Oh, those sexist U.S. Soccer Federation bastards! Pay those poor women!