Obama’s latest pandering attempt for equal pay for equal work happened yesterday at Orlando’s Valencia College, where he said that women should be able to have a baby without the fear of losing their job: “This isn’t 1958 – it’s 2014.”
“I’ve got a personal stake in seeing women get ahead,” Obama said before the packed crowd.
Despite the many myths surrounding the “gender gap,” one thing is certain: Obama doesn’t practice what he preaches.
Last year’s Annual Report to Congress on White House staff showed that female employees in Barack Obama’s White House make $10,000 less than male ones.
Last September, economist Mark J. Perry noted that an analysis of salary data from the 2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff showed the 228 female White House employees were being paid a median annual salary of $65,000 while 231 male staffers earned a median annual salary of nearly $75,000.
As Perry pointed out, that meant women working for Obama are paid less than 87 cents for every dollar paid to male staffers, and there is, therefore, a significant White House “gender pay gap” of more than 13%.
During the 2008 campaign, columnist Deroy Murdock wrote that female staffers in Obama’s U.S. Senate office were also shortchanged, the average man making $54,397, the average woman $45,152. This might be partly explained by Obama having only one woman among his top five staffers and seven among his top 20.
Obama is being punked by Putin, his primary legislative achievement is abhorred by a majority of Americans, and his NCAA bracket is in worse shape than his poll numbers are. The last thing Obama should be doing is flying around the country feigning outrage about gender-based pay discrepancies he himself has been guilty of for years.
Even Democratic federal-level campaigns pay minorities and women staffers significantly less than their white male counterparts.
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