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.

Will:

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.


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Obama is acting as an “intellectual incompetent

It’s not an act.

He couldn’t even get into Dershowitz’s law class, which Ted Cruz did, about whom Dershowitz describes as “beyond brilliant.”

John the Libertarian on April 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Luntz’s focus group on Megyn was chilling. Every single person said they were less free today than 10 years ago. Every single one, Democrat and Republican.

John the Libertarian on April 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Why does Mary Katharine Ham sometimes not include pictures on the main page with her posts?

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

What else is a Community Organizer to do…?

d1carter on April 8, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Okay, there is a picture for this post now.

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Even CNN is not willing to go blindly along with this. Intellectually, morally, spiritually, ethically, and legally incompetent.

EA_MAN on April 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Will said President Obama is acting as an “intellectual incompetent the way he’s handling as propaganda social science.”

Er, that assumes Obama doesn’t actually know the true stats and is not lying about them.

Would I Lie To You, Honey?

OBAMA:

Would I lie to you?
Would I lie to you honey?
Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
I’m asking you sugar
Would I lie to you?

ANY FEMALE OBAMA VOTER WITH ANY SENSE AND IS TIRED OF BEING USED LIKE A $5 ‘AROUND THE WORLD’ GIRL IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

Tell you straight, no intervention.
To your face, no deception.
You’re the biggest fake.
That much is true.
Had all I can take.
Now I’m leaving you

Resist We Much on April 8, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Resist We Much on April 8, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Double points for Annie Lennox…

d1carter on April 8, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Too bad the repubics aren’t smart enough to raise hell about the demorat’s “War on Women” with these revelations.

Jackson on April 8, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Well after all, “intellectual incompetence” is Barack Obama’s real middle name.

VorDaj on April 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

How’s that gender/income inequality/class warfare bullsh!t working out for you and the Democrats Mr. Obama? Isn’t this where Biden or Kerry is supposed to do something more stupid than your administration to take the heat off?

Rovin on April 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Why does Mary Katharine Ham sometimes not include pictures on the main page with her posts?

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Cause Ed doesn’t pay her enough. Heh.

Doc Holliday on April 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Hold it. One of his ‘accomplishments’ according to every idiot obama-lover on FB is that Lilly Ledbetter crap.

I thought the problem was solved in his first year?

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 9:57 PM

The real question is how much more than MKH does AP make?

wolly4321 on April 8, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I predict that for some unknown reason when election season really kicks in, Congressional and Senate Democrats staffs are going to see a bunch of males get laidoff and a female get a bump in pay by about 200%.

lowandslow on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Too bad the repubics aren’t smart enough to raise hell about the demorat’s “War on Women” with these revelations.

Jackson

It wouldn’t matter.

(1) The pressies aren’t about to side with Republicans on anything.

(2) What point would you have Republicans make? That Dems are discriminating? That treats this dog & pony show as being something valid. The only coherent argument Republicans could make is “The Dems are making it up, manipulating statistics & flat out lying to set us against each other.”

Which the pressies won’t report & most folks would simply ignore.

BD57 on April 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

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.

No, Dr. CK, the correct answer is that Carney is a gibbering dingbat who knows about as much about what’s actually happening as Baghdad Bob.

The One didn’t hire him for his ability to figure out what’s actually going on in the White House. He wanted a somewhat more amiable dunce than Gibbs. Which he got.

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.”

I agree that The One’s statistics aren’t worth a buck. But Will’s train wreck of a sentence doesn’t exactly engender confidence that he knows what he’s talking about, either. Or is he using German syntax just to show how smart he is?

clear ether

eon

eon on April 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Krauthammer & Will: Seriously, these equal pay stats are “total rubbish,” “intellectual incompetence”

This is now true of almost all government produced stats.

For example, no matter what the reality you can be sure the federal government’s inflation calculations will show little to no inflation. The reason for this should be obvious.

The unemployment rate will never again reflect reality. Nor will the GDP. And so and so forth.

The unknown is how disconnected from reality government stats will become and how fast.

farsighted on April 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

ld it. One of his ‘accomplishments’ according to every idiot obama-lover on FB is that Lilly Ledbetter crap. I thought the problem was solved in his first year? Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 9:57 Pm

Even if equality is acheived it’s not over.

Reparations for 200+ years of oppression.

Pay up sucker.

You can only write off $ bills folded lenghtwise with a reciept.

wolly4321 on April 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Pelosi was going around today on camera saying the gap is so large that women work the first 3 months of each year for free.It could be the next talking point and it will stick.

docflash on April 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Pelosi was going around today on camera saying the gap is so large that women work the first 3 months of each year for free.It could be the next talking point and it will stick.

docflash on April 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Was she also barking about the fact that Americans work the first 5 to 6 months before they reach Tax Freedom Day?

Bet not.

Resist We Much on April 8, 2014 at 10:20 PM

For the last thirty years, the lowest-paid spouse (of whichever gender) was working only to pay taxes for the household.

For this we got kids in daycare, raised by strangers, and Government schools taking the role of parents.

T.axed E.nough A.lready? TEA Party? No, taxed WAY TOO MUCH already!

Enough!

Who is John Galt on April 8, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Sandwiched between Will and Krauthammer’s responses was some typically insipid babble from Mara Liasson. I don’t know why she bothers, if she can’t be honest she should just take a pass.

slickwillie2001 on April 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

As Larry Elder would say, and I paraphrase, “If women make less why wouldn’t an employer hire just women to save money?”

LeftCoastRight on April 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM

As Larry Elder would say, and I paraphrase, “If women make less why wouldn’t an employer hire just women to save money?”

LeftCoastRight on April 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM

No, because sometimes heavy things need to be lifted. ;D

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 10:34 PM

George Will: Further proof that one must only surround oneself with liberals to sound intelligent as a “conservative.”

gryphon202 on April 8, 2014 at 10:34 PM

No, because sometimes heavy things need to be lifted. ;D

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 10:34 PM

You forgot the /WarOnWomen tag.

gryphon202 on April 8, 2014 at 10:35 PM

You forgot the /WarOnWomen tag.

gryphon202 on April 8, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I AM the war on broads!

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I AM the war on broads!

Lanceman on April 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Well I’m the war on chicks. And I don’t mean the fluffy baby birds, either. :P

gryphon202 on April 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If there’s one thing Democrats excel at, it’s HYPOCRISY!

GarandFan on April 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I saw on t.v. today, Carney justifying the White House’s own un-equal pay statistics, by saying that people have different levels of experience, different duties and other factors.

On the same day they compelled Federal contractors to pay women and men equally, no matter the circumstances.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Lance Corvette on April 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

In fact, when Jay Carney was asked about this he gave the remarkable answer of ‘well, that’s better than the others are doing.

…that has to be my favorite answer from the Clown…this month!

KOOLAID2 on April 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

When I was working in the corporate world, we called this a “sales mix” issue. You have to compare women in like jobs to men. You would never pay someone with little responsibility the same as you would pay a CEO. It’s a freedom of choice issue, isn’t it? Some women choose to take jobs that pay less. This is just a stupid issue.

COgirl on April 8, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Does Pelosi make less than her male counterpart? This is just so ridiculous. Talk about playing with statistics and averages.

COgirl on April 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

It’s not about intellect, it’s about feelings.

lel2007 on April 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

It’s also about changing the subject from all the accumulated scandals, incompetence, criminality, and subversion rampant in the obama regime. It’s an election year.

lel2007 on April 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Krauthammer and Will on Fox News are the absolutely best on TV today.

SC.Charlie on April 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Carney said that Obama had hired some women in junior positions with the intent of promoting them, sometimes they just don’t pause long enough to figure out a good lie.

Sven on April 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Why does Mary Katharine Ham sometimes not include pictures on the main page with her posts?

bluegill on April 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Cause Ed doesn’t pay her enough. Heh.

Doc Holliday on April 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Too good, Doc. Too good.

Cleombrotus on April 9, 2014 at 7:27 AM

“total rubbish,” “intellectual incompetence” pretty much sums up the democrats and the obama administration.

lel2007 on April 9, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Sandwiched between Will and Krauthammer’s responses was some typically insipid babble from Mara Liasson. I don’t know why she bothers, if she can’t be honest she should just take a pass.

slickwillie2001 on April 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

What do you expect from a reporter for the taxpayer funded National Progressive Radio? NPR has been parroting the President and Dem leadership’s equal pay propaganda verbatim for days without even the slightest hint of skepticism or comment from critics. Contrast their partisan cheerleading against the hours of breathless coverage and criticism of every Republican idea no matter how trivial. Eff em.

RobertE on April 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The “equal pay” squirrel is only one of many fake issues the Dems are going to trot out between now and November. Can’t really blame them though. It’s not like they can run on their record of success at governing.

RobertE on April 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Krauthammer and Will on Fox News are the absolutely best on TV today.

SC.Charlie on April 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Blah blah blah *wipe the jizz off* blah blah blah.

Nutstuyu on April 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Better a screw up
Than a total disaster.
Let’s flub Equal Pay!

My new theory is that the Obama White House is storyboarding out a small disaster each day, to make sure the lead story on the Evening News is not the nation crippling disaster of Obamacare. They’ll take a hit on Lois Lerner, Equal Pay, Holder in Contempt or whatever, as long as Obamacare is pushed off the Front Page.

Haiku Guy on April 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

This is a variation on the Birth Certificate rope-a-dope that served them so well.

Haiku Guy on April 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM

“…but that is the kind of nuance that has escaped this scientifically sophisticated president,” George Will concluded.

That was some tasty, tasty sarcasm. I love it.

brentspolemics on April 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

There’s plenty of valid reasons why pay rates are different among employees. This whole equal pay thing is crap, rehashed from the 1970s.

Ward Cleaver on April 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“total rubbish,” “intellectual incompetence” pretty much sums up the democrats and the obama administration.

lel2007 on April 9, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Maybe. I think “criminal” is more accurate.

earlgrey on April 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Aww the poor widdle Dems war on wimmins election year squirrel has turned into a big turkey.

neyney on April 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM