I know that liberals believe in recycling, but this is getting ridiculous. Let me make a helpful suggestion. You need to get some new writers. Either that, or some new TelePrompTer loaders. Are we absolutely sure that what the One recited Tuesday night was not the same yip yap he force fed us last year?
Like all megalomaniacs afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder, Barack Obama finds it difficult to share his most recent deep thoughts, which amazingly are the same threadbare leftist clichés that we’ve heard from every socialist for the last hundred years, in less than one hour. So, we had to listen to him drone on, repeating stuff that isn’t true and isn’t helpful. For example, the talking point designed to appeal to the Julia cohort, the bitter, miserable women who decided that since no man was good enough for them, they would “marry” the federal government, in the cool persona of Barack Hussein Obama. MMM …MMM …MMM …Isn’t he fine? Think of them secular progressive nuns, with the same haircuts and lack of makeup as the Catholic kind.
To remind these babes to stand by their man in November, Barry repeated the following baloney:
You know, today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.
Women deserve equal pay for equal work. (Cheers, applause.)
You know, she deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. (Cheers, applause.) A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship. (Applause.) And you know what, a father does too. It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode. (Laughter, cheers, applause.) This year let’s all come together, Congress, the White House, businesses from Wall Street to Main Street, to give every woman the opportunity she deserves, because I believe when women succeed, America succeeds. (Cheers, applause.)
And I deserve a medal for listening to this BS. As I said, this part of the speech was designed to appeal to the uninformed ignoramuses who thought that the Lilly Ledbetter Act had something to do with equal pay for equal work and for giving plaintiffs’ lawyers more opportunity to shake down businesses. They also are stunned that women still don’t get paid as much as men. In this day and age? Shocking, I know, except that it’s another liberal lie, one that is repeatedly enabled by the Obama PR flacks in the Lame Stream Media like the ironically-named Politifact, which calls this 77-cent garbage “mostly true.” First, they note how often the democrats have gone to this well.
It was not the first time Obama (or other Democrats) have offered the 77-cent data point — not by a long shot. A search on the White House website calls up literally dozens of examples of policy papers, blog posts and speeches in which the president cited the 77-cent statistic. He used it in a proclamation for National Equal Pay Day (July 20, 2010), in remarks at a White House forum on women and the economy (April 6, 2012), in a conference call with reporters (June 4, 2012), and remarks on the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (June 10, 2013), just to cite a few.
Then they use a lot of unnecessary verbiage to state the obvious: there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Before we get into the statistics, we need to explain how we’re approaching this claim in this fact-check. We’ve heard the 77-cent statistic used a lot of different ways, and small changes in wording make a big difference in determining whether it’s accurate or not.
Then they admit that Obama has lied about this statistic in the past.
The less accurate version — once offered by Obama himself — states that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same work, or in the same job. As we’ll explain below, the data doesn’t show that. By contrast, the more accurate version simply states that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, period. That is more accurate (though not without some caveats, also listed below).
Here’s the money quote, which like so much of the propaganda on Politifact’s cite, is inadvertently hilarious. They “struggled” to find a way to turn Obama’s demagoguery into something other than that.
We struggled a bit with how to classify the claim Obama made in the State of the Union, since his phrasing was somewhat ambiguous. He used the more accurate formulation, but he then followed up two sentences later by saying, “Women deserve equal pay for equal work.” Did Obama’s “equal pay for equal work” line suggest that he believes the 77-cent pay differential refers to statistical comparisons of “equal work”? Or was this sentence simply a philosophical statement that was distinct from the statistical claim?
Ultimately, we decided that Obama’s statement that “women deserve equal pay for equal work” was aspirational rather than a part of his statistical claim, so we’re judging him on his claim that women “make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.” (emphasis mine)
Once again, democrats don’t need to worry about covering up their lies. The legacy media will ride to the rescue and do it for them.
Having done their best to run interference between Obama and the truth, they all but admit that that’s what they have done.
First, there’s a significant variation in wage gaps from occupation to occupation.
The Institute for Women’s Policy research looked at pay parity for the top 20 occupations for women in 2011 using median weekly earnings. The center found the pay gap varied depending on the sector, though women lag in nearly every category. Nurses (96 cents for every dollar) and cashiers (90 cents) were closer than most; accountants (77 cents) and financial advisers (66 cents) were more divergent than most.
Second, it’s important to note that the existence of a pay gap doesn’t necessarily mean that the gap is caused by individual employer-level discrimination. Rather, some portion is likely the result of broader demographic patterns.
For instance, men and women historically enter certain fields more than others — a phenomenon known as “occupational segregation.” Women more often choose to be receptionists, nurses and teachers, while men pursue paths as truck drivers, managers and computer software engineers, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. When data from all these fields is combined together, as in the Census and BLS studies, the gap is at least partially explained by the predominance of women in lower-paying fields, rather than women necessarily being paid less for the same job than men are.
Wait, you mean a part-time receptionist doesn’t earn the same thing as a computer software engineer? What kind of a rotten, unfair country is this anyway?! The kind where Marissa Mayer, not only an actual woman, but a mother, earned $6 million in 2012, more than several other high-tech CEO’s.
Ms. Mayer went to Stanford and learned computer science, though, which, of course, is also unfair, or something.
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