Surprise! White House gender pay gap just as bad as ever

posted at 10:11 am on July 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the White House declared war on the gender pay gap? The Obama administration has actually declared war on it a couple of times in 2014, only to take the field and have everyone else point out that the enemy was themselves. The media took some time this spring to point out both the hypocrisy and the dishonesty that went into the White House argument.

Last week, Obama tried resurrecting the argument in his latest pivot to the economy. In a speech at Minnesota’s Lake Harriet bandshell, Obama said that the idea that his daughters might not get paid the same as his sons was “infuriating”:

I’ve got two daughters.  The idea that they would not be paid the same or not have the same opportunities as somebody’s sons is infuriating.  And even if you’re not a dad, those of you who have partners, spouses — men — this is not a women’s issue.  Because if they’re not getting paid, that means they’re not bringing home as much money, which means your family budget is tighter.  (Applause.)  So this is a family issue and not a gender issue.

So what can we do?  First bill I signed was called the Lily Ledbetter Act, that allowed folks to sue if they found out that they had been discriminated against, like you found out.  Back then, Lilly Ledbetter, this wonderful woman, she had been paid less than her male counterparts for the same job for over a decade.  When she finally finds out, she sues, and the Supreme Court says, well, the statute of limitations has run out; you can’t sue for all of that back pay.  She says, well, I just found out — well, that doesn’t matter.  So we reversed that law, allowing people to sue based on when you find out.

Most recently what I did was we made it against the law, at least for federal contractors, to retaliate against employees for sharing job — or salary information.  Because part of the problem — part of the reason that it’s hard to enforce equal pay for equal work is most employers don’t let you talk, or discourage talk about what everybody else is getting paid.  And what we’ve said is women have a right to know what the guy sitting next to them who’s doing the exact same job is getting paid.  So that’s something we were able to do.

Just how infuriating is this to Obama? It’s so infuriating that, er, his White House still has the same gender pay gap that it’s had since the beginning of his term. Despite all of the attention to Obama’s hypocrisy on this particular point, and despite all of the transparency there is on salaries at the White House, women still earn 13% less than men on the staff that Obama directly controls:

The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.

In 2009, male employees made an average of about $82,000, compared to an average of $72,700 earned by female employees — also a 13 percent wage gap.

Why does it persist? Because men get more positions of authority in the Obama administration:

One of the key reasons is that more men hold the highest-paying, senior jobs in the White House, and more women hold the lowest-paying, junior jobs. Today, there are 87 male White House officials who make more than $100,000, compared to 53 female White House officials. The gap narrows, but persists, at the highest echelons of the White House.

And yet again, the White House wants to argue that its own practices should be held to a different standard than the White House applies to everyone else:

White House officials say that even if the aggregate statistics show a gap, men and women in the same roles at the White House are paid similar amounts. “At the White House, we have equal pay for equal work,” said White House spokeswoman Jessica Santillo. “Men and women in equivalent roles earn equivalent salaries, and over half of our departments are run by women.”

That’s true. However, while pushing this issue as a crisis everywhere else outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Obama and his team use aggregate statistics to support the claim that a substantial pay gap exists for equal work and equal experience. Using the standard the White House wants to use for itself, that gap all but disappears — and the White House actually lags on that measure.

Obama says he needs Congress to act. Maybe Congress needs to act a lot less than Obama needs to take care of his own house, or admit that he’s demagoguing this issue as part of the larger “war on women” demagoguery.


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Jarretts idols having meltdown…

OmahaConservative on July 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Well Val has some Figurines that Bow down to her, so
there’s that…

ToddPA on July 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I’ll bet Gena McCarthy gets paid what the Men do, right?

ToddPA on July 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

He tries to exploit everything…

sorrowen on July 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Bigots

forest on July 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

But… But…but… BUSH!!

Tard on July 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I’ve got two daughters. The idea that they would not be paid the same or not have the same opportunities as somebody’s sons is infuriating.

I bet there are more than a few professional women who don’t like what the democrats are selling. In many cases they make more than their male counterparts. Democrat legislation would allow employees to find out how much others are making. Instead of receiving a pay increase some of these women may find themselves getting a salary reduction.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

13% pay gap, and that’s even considering what Valerie Jarrett makes (and you know she ain’t accepting just peanuts).

Bitter Clinger on July 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Well Val has some Figurines that Bow down to her, so
there’s that…

ToddPA on July 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I just cant believe that VJ not only accepted that gift, but displays it proudly and let someone take a picture of it.

Strange times we live in.

Lord Whorfin on July 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Surprise! White House gender pay gap just as bad as ever

“It’s those dastardly Tea Party domestic terrorist fault..” – Dickwad.

Electrongod on July 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Mooch gets just as many assistants as her preznit husband, sixty five to be exact, because choosing your own clothes and cutting your own steak is hard.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Jarretts idols having meltdown…

OmahaConservative on July 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Those plastic ones bowing to her photo…????

Electrongod on July 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Boooooooooooooooooooosh!

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Hypocrisy thy name is obama

cmsinaz on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I bet when Obama finds out from the NYT he’s going to outraged and get to the bottom of this.

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I bet when Obama finds out from the NYT he’s going to outraged and get to the bottom of this.

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Stole my exact post ;)

Free Indeed on July 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I bet when Obama finds out from the NYT he’s going to outraged and get to the bottom of this.

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I can hear the press conference now … “I was outraged when I read the paper this morning. Since Congress won’t so anything about it I have a pen”!!!

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I bet when Obama finds out from the NYT he’s going to outraged and get to the bottom of this.

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Whenever Bo the Dog…(Not BO the loser in the WH) delivers today’s newspaper…

Electrongod on July 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Well it is a tough thing, Mr. Obama. Poor Chelsea Clinton only made 600,000+ while Bill earned millions. It’s going to be tough for those 2 daughters of his.

COgirl on July 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

The gender pay gap issues is a bad joke. When the gov’t taxes people differently based on their personal situation, they enact a pay gap! It’s possible for supervisors to be have less take home pay than employees due to the taxation system! As more women would fall into this than men, women’s effective take home pay is likely higher!

More gov’t hypocrisy.

aniptofar on July 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I see no post on the blockbuster ADP jobs report. If it was a bad report, there would have been a post on it by now with a 100 snarky comments.

ADP: Businesses added 281,000 jobs in June

Private employers added 281,000 jobs in June, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, raising hopes that a solid labor market surged further last month.

Economists had estimated ADP would report 205,000 payroll additions.

The job gains are the most ADP has reported since November 2012.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/02/adp-report-june/11931835/

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Obama says he needs Congress to act.

Why? Obama has made it clear that he will do what is right if Congress is unwilling to act. He has a pen and does not even need the phone. Time for him to practice equal pay in the Executive by paying the gals as much as the men.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Once again its shows…no one is madder than Obama…

right2bright on July 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I see no post on the blockbuster ADP jobs report.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

^^^ Deflecting from the main post … the White House war on women.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I see no post on the blockbuster ADP jobs report. If it was a bad report, there would have been a post on it by now with a 100 snarky comments.

ADP: Businesses added 281,000 jobs in June

Private employers added 281,000 jobs in June, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, raising hopes that a solid labor market surged further last month.

Economists had estimated ADP would report 205,000 payroll additions.

The job gains are the most ADP has reported since November 2012.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/02/adp-report-june/11931835/

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

LMAO!!

Hyperbole is not attractive Dear.

ToddPA on July 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

King Barack the Magnificent sure likes to flex his muscles and kick the crap out of straw men.

Too bad he can’t choke on his own hypocrisy. Would solve a lot of problems.

GarandFan on July 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I see no post on the blockbuster ADP jobs report.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Just after the blockbuster retraction of GDP last week or so..

Toke ‘em if you got ‘em…

Electrongod on July 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

He even thought more of the father he met once who abandoned him that Mommy the Commie who dragged him all over the world for 10 years.

Then abandoned him.

formwiz on July 2, 2014 at 10:40 AM

So, HA has a blackout on the MS Senator election..?

d1carter on July 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Just another day in obamas lawless amerika…..

crosshugger on July 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Come back when you can tell us how many people quit looking for jobs during the same timeframe and are removed from the unemployment stats, dimwit.

Closet Optimist on July 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Maybe, just maybe, in this case it is justified…maybe the women in the White House are not as competent…ever think of that?

He should just come out and say it…the women hired are not as smart or hard working as the men.

right2bright on July 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

If it was a bad report, there would have been a post on it by now with a 100 snarky comments.

ADP: Businesses added 281,000 jobs in June

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Wait until it’s revised downward, like everything else.

Also, the report on the effect on total employment is not due out until tomorrow, so you haven’t yet bounced that off the change in population over the same period.

The Schaef on July 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Come back when you can tell us how many people quit looking for jobs during the same timeframe and are removed from the unemployment stats, dimwit.

Closet Optimist on July 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM

They’re all FUNEMPLOYED! Just like Ned.

CurtZHP on July 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Say, obama is a hypocrite?

Here’s laughing at you: media, women, leftards and assorted rightie morons who brung him, twice.

Oh, and the rest of the world, you deserve him in full. Now, keep shouting in orgasmic form “obama, obama, obama”.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

All for illegal and legal aliens, you nitwit of HA.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Surprise! White House gender pay gap just as bad as ever

I really don’t care about these BS “gender pay gap” stories, no matter where they come from. Women get paid what they’re worth – even more than they’re worth, actually, since affirmative action and bean counting has lots of women in positions they don’t belong … just to goose the quota numbers.

This Whine House (and a pliant GOP Senate) put two women on the SCOTASS who aren’t qualified in any way, not to mention the fact that one of them perjured her softball-playing self in Senate confirmation hearings while the other was nominated based on the anti-Western notion that empathy is a legitimate main criterion for a judge or judicial decision in direct opposition to over three millenia of the foundations of Western jurisprudence.

Stop with this silly “gender pay gap” stuff. Even if you think you’re zinging the retarded Sukarno clone, it’s a pyrrhic victory, at best.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 2, 2014 at 10:48 AM

War on Wimminzes.

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Mooch gets just as many assistants as her preznit husband, sixty five to be exact, because choosing your own clothes and cutting your own steak is hard.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Those lobsters aren’t going to crack themselves, racist.

HumpBot Salvation on July 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Scumhag Valerie Jarrett makes a base salary of 178,000, for being the obama-azzwiper.

She has a full security contingent, for what?

Work harder, idiots.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

However, while pushing this issue as a crisis everywhere else outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Obama and his team use aggregate statistics to support the claim that a substantial pay gap exists for equal work and equal experience. Using the standard the White House wants to use for itself, that gap all but disappears — and the White House actually lags on that measure.

The Fascist-Democrats are not interested in solving real problems, they’re only interested in ginning up phony problems that they can advance to gain power.

rbj on July 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

If it was a bad report, there would have been a post on it by now with a 100 snarky comments.

ADP: Businesses added 281,000 jobs in June

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

It wasn’t good, it wasn’t “bad”, we just recognize it for what it is…a guess. A guess that will be revised, which brings us to the famous quote “Give me a one armed economist, that way he can’t say ‘on the other hand’”.

The past seven months have seen an average difference between the ADP and initial BLS report of 42,286 jobs. Some months, such as October and November 2012, had errors of under 30,000 jobs, while March and April 2013 saw errors of 57,000 or greater. No month had an initial error of less than 26,000; the error in margin ends up within +/-19,000 of 45,000.

right2bright on July 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The Obama way: Say one thing, do another.

albill on July 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

This is what happens when you have a sycophantic, lapdog “press” actively invested in and covering for our first American Marxist Dictator.

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Is this really a problem? Because it’s hard to tell difference between the genders in the current White House. /s

It’s all female.

Oil Can on July 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

So the women in the White House who accept the job offer are never told of the pay? Okay, thanks…

hillsoftx on July 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Most recently what I did was we made it against the law,

When she finally finds out, she sues, and the Supreme Court says, well, the statute of limitations has run out; you can’t sue for all of that back pay. She says, well, I just found out — well, that doesn’t matter. So we reversed that law, allowing people to sue based on when you find out.

Seriously, who wrote this crap?
This guy is a professional speechifier; he employes plenty of professional speech writers and THIS is the result? The best of the best?
First person singular, past tense, present tense, third person- ahh, who cares, Mom. I gradu-macated from Haaavhaad, and gots me a Nobel Prize!

It sounds like an oral presentation by a 15 year old freshman for social studies class.

Would one of his sycophants please step up and defend this level of skill at communication…please?

Dolce Far Niente on July 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Bush 4.4% unemployment… Best monthly Job growth 374,000…

“Worst economy since the Depression.” -Nancy Pepper Pelosi

mankai on July 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Poll: More Americans Agree With Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Than Disagree…

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s decision this week that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.

“Half of voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court that a business owner should be able to opt out of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate if it violates his or her religious beliefs,” the poling firm reports about its new national survey.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient. Slightly more (47%) say companies should not be required to meet this contraceptive mandate included in the new national health care law.

Resist We Much on July 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

This administration’s motto: SSDD

socalcon on July 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I see no post on the blockbuster ADP jobs report. If it was a bad report, there would have been a post on it by now with a 100 snarky comments.
 

ADP: Businesses added 281,000 jobs in June…
 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/02/adp-report-june/11931835/

 
Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

 
That’s awesome. And it only took what, five recovery summers?
 
Shame about the math.
 

To keep up with population growth over those 7 years, the United States would have had to add 84 times 127,000 or 10.668 million jobs. (If that sounds high, bear in mind that we added more than 20 million jobs over the 8 Clinton years). Add in the need to make up lost ground, and we’re at around 18 million jobs over the next five years — or 300,000 a month.
 
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/the-jobs-deficit/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

 
That Krugman guy is fairly well respected in your circles, right?

rogerb on July 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Scumhag Valerie Jarrett makes a base salary of 178,000, for being the obama-azzwiper.

She has a full security contingent, for what?

Work harder, idiots.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

But she claims a different gender identity….just sayin

cthemfly on July 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Eat crap.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I see no post on the blockbuster ADP jobs report. If it was a bad report, there would have been a post on it by now with a 100 snarky comments.

ADP: Businesses added 281,000 jobs in June…

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/02/adp-report-june/11931835/

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Hardly blockbuster. There were months with 2-3 times that under Obama. They didn’t mean much in the end.

And the jobs being created are much lower paying than the jobs that were lost,

Plus poverty is above 15% for the third year in a row – a record not seen in 55 years.

So, yes, the economy still sucks.

Chuck Schick on July 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Hey, “Ned Pepper” ~

I, too, think non sequiturs are funny.

Here’s one — and it’s just as funny as yours is in a thread regarding Obama’s gender pay gap double standard:

Barack Obama accused someone of being a “typical white person.”

This indicates that, at least according to your boyfriend, there is such a thing as a “typical white person.”

This, of course, suggests that there is also such a thing as a “typical black person.”

Would you be so kind for all of us here to provide a definition of a “typical black person”?

Thanks, Ned. You’ve got true grit!

Dion on July 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Mock him into oblivion. He hates nothing more.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Do this. Repeatedly. Daily. Hourly. Minutely. On Twitter, on message boards, on news story comments, on talk radio, mock him CEASELESSLY.

It won’t take much to drive him into insanity and to crack.

ConstantineXI on July 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Focus, people, focus.

The land is invaded and diseases spread, while the brown shirts prohibit the congressman in Oklahoma to visit the illegal youth camp, and the doctors are forbidden to talk about the diseased.

God love America!

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Democrats keep complaining about income inequality and ‘pay-gap’ but they are unwilling to lift a finger to fix the inequality and gaps in their own organizations where they have complete control!

If Democrats are really serious about this, then the DNC should immediately set every employee’s pay to the same as the average US income, and Obama should issue an Executive Order setting every Federal Employee’s pay to same as the average US income.

This will demonstrate Democrats are serious about fixing income inequality, and will show they are with the average American and in touch with the difficulties and hardships of ordinary people. Some will try to make the excuse that Obama does not have the legal authority to change Federal Employee pay, but when has that ever stopped him before?

Democrats keep saying ‘you first’ when it comes to implementing income equality fixes. Why not show some leadership Democrats, and put into practice what you keep on preaching to the rest of us?

Until Democrats show that they really are committed to what they say, they look more and more every passing day like complete hypocrites.

s1im on July 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Looks like Libby may be coming around.

Girl, bye.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM