• White House: Yeah, I Guess We’re Not So Great at Equal Pay Either


    For an administration so hellbent on making 2014 a “Year of Action” (or at least pretending to), you’d think they’d be smart enough to make sure they’re setting a good example when it comes to the policy garbage they’re pushing. But this is ObamaLand, ladies and germs, where The Buck Stops Nowhere. The president has been campaigning for months now on a so-called “gender gap” which may not even really exist…except in his own administration!

    The Washington Post reports that the average male employee in the White House takes home roughly $88,600. The average female White House employee makes around $78,400. That’s a gap of 13 percent. And yet, Obama still constantly peddles equal pay legislation, when his administration can’t even get its own inequality issues under control. Additionally, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill Obama signed into law. “Do as I say, not as I do” at its finest.

    I wouldn’t hold up the White House as the perfect example here,” said a rather flat-footed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday. “But we are an example of an organization that is making an effort and enjoying some success in making sure that there are women who get equal pay for equal work.” Don’t worry, Josh. One thing Team Obama has never been accused of is being “perfect.” But what’s with this whole “making an effort” defense? Does the Obama White House seriously want us to applaud the fact that their gender pay gap has decreased from 18 percent in 2011 to 13 percent in 2014? Perhaps I’m naïve, but paying men and women comparable salaries seems like a fairly easy thing to accomplish…and a step that should definitely be undertaken before scolding the rest of the nation’s employers about what they’re doing.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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