Today is “Equal Pay Day,” which supposedly represents how far into the year women must work to make the same as men. This is based on the hoary and false statistic, which Obama loves to toss around, that women supposedly get paid 77 cents for every dollar made by men. Every single non-hyper-partisan analysis of this claim wholly debunks it, which is why Obama repeatedly gets Pinocchios from the fact checkers for making the claim. When this 77% number is discussed, the soft-headed or simply uneducated in the electorate assume this means that apples are being compared to apples — meaning all relevant variables are controlled for. But they are not. There is no substantial evidence of a pay gap once you control for the proper variables. Here are Mark J. Perry and Andrew Biggs in the Wall Street Journal : [E]very “full-time” worker, as the BLS notes, is not the same: Men were almost twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week, and women almost twice as likely to work only 35 to 39 hours per week. Once that is taken into consideration, the pay gap begins to shrink. Women who worked a 40-hour week earned 88% of male earnings. Then there is the issue of marriage and children. The BLS reports that single women who have never married earned 96% of men’s earnings in 2012. The supposed pay gap appears when marriage and children enter the picture. Child care takes mothers out of the labor market, so when they return they have less work experience than similarly-aged males. Many working mothers seek jobs that provide greater flexibility, such as telecommuting or flexible hours. Not all jobs can be flexible, and all other things being equal, those which are will pay less than those that do not. Not only do working mothers choose more flexible jobs, by the way: those who plan to be working mothers choose more flexible careers . Some careers simply do not work for someone who plans to leave the profession for years at a time; your knowledge base disappears and you cannot be rehired. Prospective mothers know this and plan accordingly. There are also issues of education, risk, and other variables that the studies do not account for. But Perry has a different observation that many will find amusing: the White House has its own pay gap! D’oh!! In a CD post last September, I documented the significant gender wage gap for the White House staff, based on salary data from the “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff.” An analysis of White House payroll data reveals that the 229 female employees in the Obama White House are being paid a median annual salary of $65,000 this year, compared to a median annual salary of nearly $73,729 for the 229 male White House staffers (see chart above). In other words, female staffers at the Obama White House are paid less than 88 cents for every dollar paid to male staffers, and there is therefore a significant White House “gender pay gap” of more than 12%. Carnie-man was asked about this, and he insisted that women get equal pay for the same position in the White House . Of course, that is never the question when asked about the free market. The 77% studies look at men and women in the aggregate, not comparing equal positions to equal positions. And, putting that aside: WHY DOES OBAMA HATE WOMEN?!?!?! I guess he hates them a little less than the bosses in the free market do, but still: he hates them. Hates them!! Of course, that is not the point of noting the White House’s own wage disparity: it just goes to prove that even when you are boosting women’s salaries to try to make things look good politically, the natural forces that cause the so-called pay gap are going to operate for you, too. You’d think Obama would be shamed into admitting reality, but instead he is ordering federal contractors to report the wages they pay together with information on gender (and race, too, because, hey, why not?) That way, he can hector contractors for doing what he himself does. One standard for me, and another for thee. By the way, Perry calculates “Equal Pay Day” at the White House as February 20 . Mark the date!
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White House Denounces Alleged Gender Pay Gap; Also Has Gender Pay Gap
Note how he uses the word “sacred,” like we always say, the left worships abortion like it’s a religion. Via LifeNews: The very day that pro-lifers are reporting that another women has died believing the lie of Safe and Legal abortion, the radically pro-abortion blog, RH Reality Check is plotting how they can argue successfully for abortion. The new mantra has […]
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Planned Parenthood Board Member Calls Abortion A “Sacred Gift”…
[guest post by Dana] Not to beat a dead nag, but this is certainly the month that keeps on giving. As previously posted here, Women’s History Month brought us Sheryl Sanford’s national Ban Bossy campaign, wherein the public was exhorted to stop using the other B-word, lest there be hurt feelings or worse… We also had the We Nag You, Because We Love You campaign. This is the one where the White House, celebrity moms, and even Mrs. Obama herself, assured us that it’s not only okay to nag and guilt adult children into signing up for Obamacare, but that it’s a moral imperative: If you love them, you will… And now to round out the month, we have a Fat Justice and Feminism seminar hosted by Swarthmore College and presented by two feminist organizers, Cora Segal and Nicole Sullivan, who describes herself as an “angry, man-hating lesbian,” What follows are points made by the speakers and recorded by an attendee. The attendee’s counters to speaker comments are bracketed. Accusations and topics discussed included everything from the inventor of the Body Mass Index (BMI) being a white supremacist; socialism and communism being a viable alternative to capitalism and exploitation; discrimination toward the small-breasted; and, as is inevitable, a conservative is at the root of this injustice. In this case, Ronald Regan has the honors. Seriously. (…which is not how women will be taken if this madness doesn’t stop)… Body Mass Index (BMI) is an entirely erroneous and useless metric, as it was invented by a “white, male, French astronomer,” Adolphe Quetelet. Thus BMI has “direct links to a white supremacist, patriarchal, colonizing, exploitative force.” [Quetelet was actually a Belgian mathematician – but a man responsible for evilness of this degree merits having his experience diminished and inaccurately represented, fair representation of facts be damned]. We should stop celebrating the heroes of women’s suffrage, because they “threw everyone else under the bus” in the name of their own social prestige. Many first-wave feminists had ties to flapper culture, but, far from being courageous and rebellious young women demonstrating their fortitude and independence in a male-dominated social scene, the flappers of the 1920s ought to be chided for a style that de-emphasized their distinctly feminine attributes, as it somehow reflected poorly on larger women with large breasts. For Segal and Sullivan, the 1960s and 1970s were notable because they welcomed “communism and socialism as viable alternatives to capitalism and exploitation.” [No mention was made of the large-scale human exploitation experienced in the Soviet Union and China during these exact decades under Communist regimes] Ronald Reagan is partially responsible for all suffering of fat people, as he “f*cked everything up.” [No specific evidence about Reagan’s perverse policies or animosity toward obese people was offered.] One of the main problems with the “war” against obesity is that doctors did not start addressing the issue as a major health crisis until the 1990s. This demonstrates that obesity was not a threat to American public health until lobbyists in the “medical-industrial complex” infiltrated every doctor’s office in the country. “There is no scientific consensus whatsoever that fat people need to exercise more, or that fat is unhealthy. There is no evidence that [being] fat causes diabetes. Medical professionals are informed of this so-called knowledge by lobbying groups.” [A quick glance at virtually any reputable medical source such as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute lists demonstrates the increased risk to obese people of Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, Stroke, and a number of other life threatening conditions] “Overweight people live longer. They’re better protected from heart disease.” [By using the term “overweight,” they skirted the fact that this does not apply to obese people; rather, it refers to those slightly overweight as opposed to extremely thin.] Obese people who undergo gastric bypass surgery are “reduced to involuntary anorexia and bulimia.” Moreover, “every hospital in the country has a bariatric [surgery] unit.” Segal and Sullivan are also convinced that anesthesiologists lack the expertise to calculate anesthesia doses for larger patients and therefore purposely deny obese women’s access to late-term abortions by lying and saying they don’t have “enough anesthesia.” –Dana
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The March Madness That Is Women’s History Month
The war on Heterosexuals. Via Townhall Feminist hero Gloria Steinem joined Joy Reid on her new MSNBC show The Reid Report Wednesday to do what she does best: shame men and insist we are fighting a “war on women.” This time, however, she came with “proof.” The Women’s Media Center, founded by Steinem, Jane Fonda […]
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“White Men, Everyone Else”: Women’s Media Center’s Sexist Report
Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with D and that stands for “Democrat.” In a Sheraton ballroom, Ms. [Natalie] Tennant, West Virginia’s [Democratic] secretary of state, listened to Michelle Obama urge donors to write “a big old fat check” to her and other women running for the Senate. But back home, where President Obama is deeply unpopular, Ms. Tennant’s campaign quickly sought to | Read More »
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Quote of the Day, Ya Got Trouble, Right Here in West Virginia… edition.