Krauthammer & Will: Seriously, these equal pay stats are “total rubbish,” “intellectual incompetence”
posted at 9:31 pm on April 8, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham
Well, even CNN noticed.
Charles Krauthammer, though pleased as the rest of us to watch Carney hoist on the White House’s petard, rightly asserts that judging anyone as engaged in sexist discrimination by this metric is unfair:
“Is there anybody who thinks that Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett and the other important people in this administration are deliberately discriminating against women in the White House? Of course not. In fact, when Jay Carney was asked about this he gave the remarkable answer of ‘well, that’s better than the others are doing. As if he is saying ‘well this White House discriminates against women but we discriminate in moderation.’ The correct answer is that these are not the results of deliberate discrimination by any means,” he said.
Panelist George Will concurred, but added “it’s the American way if your political party is heavily dependent on the contributions of trial lawyers. That’s what this is a gift to.”
As for Obama’s reckless use of the 77 cent statistic, Will said President Obama is acting as an “intellectual incompetent the way he’s handling as propaganda social science.”
And, more from the department of planks in eyes:
Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), who is leading the Equal Pay Day push by Senate Democrats to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, pays women on his staff far less than he pays men.
Durbin took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to preach on the importance of passing legislation aimed at solving the gender pay gap.
“How serious is equal pay for equal work to working people across America?” said Durbin, “I think it’s critical.”
The average female salary is $11,505 lower than the average male salary in Durbin’s office, according to an analysis of Senate salary data from fiscal year 2013 that showed that more than two-thirds of Democratic Senate offices pay men more than women.
Four of the five highest paid staffers on Durbin’s staff are men, according to the analysis.
Not a single member of the Senate Democrat leadership has a female chief of staff or communications director, the Washington Times points out.