Tonight I watched Mara Liasson on the Fox News Special Report panel together with George Will and Charles Krauthammer. It was an education. The woman could not be the least bit swayed with facts and kept repeating falsehoods and was convinced that democrats had a winning issue by lying. Both Will and Krauthammer spoke to the illegitimacy of the democrat argument that women are making only 77% of what men make but Liasson would have none of it. She took a breath, licked her lips, grinned and asserted that the truth didn’t matter to women. democrats would be able to successfully demagogue the issue.
A year ago the Washington Post had this to say about the so-called “wage gap.”
There is clearly a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women — such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children — make it difficult to make simple comparisons.
The administration’s back-up document for this statement asserted that “on average women generally make 23 cents on the dollar less than men.” But the White House is using a figure (annual wages, from the Census Bureau) that makes the disparity appear the greatest. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for instance, shows that the gap is 19 cents when looking at weekly wages. The gap is even smaller when you look at hourly wages — it is 14 cents — but then not every wage earner is paid on an hourly basis, so that statistic excludes salaried workers.
In other words, since women in general work fewer hours than men in a year, the statistics used by the White House may be less reliable for examining the key focus of the legislation — wage discrimination. Weekly wages is more of an apples-to-apples comparison, but it does not include as many income categories.
Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis surveyed economic literature and concluded that “research suggests that the actual gender wage gap (when female workers are compared with male workers who have similar characteristics) is much lower than the raw wage gap.” They cited one survey, prepared for the Labor Department, which concluded that when such differences are accounted for, much of the hourly wage gap dwindled, to about 5 cents on the dollar.
And today Obama lied again.
President Obama on Tuesday rolled out the latest in a series of administrative actions designed to promote pay equality for women, pushing back forcefully at critics who have cast doubt on figures cited by the White House.
Obama repeated the oft-cited statistics suggesting women are paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man at the same job.
“It’s not a myth; its math,” Obama said. “You can look at the numbers. You can look at the pay stubs.”
But it is a myth. This is another “You can keep your doctor” moment.
Ironically, it turns out that the Obama administration pays women less than it pays men. Their deflection was “we suck less than average.”
But we still pay women less.
A member of Council of Economic Advisers emphasized the 77% figure:
While detailing executive actions President Obama plans to take Tuesday regarding equal pay for women, Betsey Stevenson, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said very defiantly that despite women contributing 44 percent of their household incomes, they continue to make less than men. Obama has declared Tuesday “Equal Pay Day” to highlight his administration’s focus on that issue.
“They’re stuck at 77 cents on the dollar, and that gender wage gap is seen very persistently across the income distribution, within occupations, across occupations, and we see it when men and women are working side by side doing identical work.”
And then the walls came down:
Except, as soon as Stevenson was actually questioned about the statistic by McClatchy reporter Lindsay Wise, the White House adviser crumbled, admitting her earlier comments were inaccurate.
“If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,” Stevenson said. “So let me just apologize and say that I certainly wouldn’t have meant to say that.”
Oh, I’m sorry, I guess when Stevenson said “we see it when men and women are working side by side doing identical work” — that was an accident?
“Seventy-seven cents captures the annual earnings of full-time, full-year women divided by the annual earnings of full-time, full-year men,” Stevenson clarified. “There are a lot of things that go into that 77-cents figure, there are a lot of things that contribute and no one’s trying to say that it’s all about discrimination, but I don’t think there’s a better figure.”
So they know the number is wrong but they’re not backing off because women are stupid and will be suckers for these lies.
And there’s lots more. On “Equal Pay Day” all the top aides of democrat leaders are men.
But Mr. Schumer, Mr. Reid and the others in the Senate Democratic leadership — Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Conference Secretary Patty Murray — are hypocritical in saying they want women to have equal seniority and pay.
Not one of them has a female chief of staff or communications director, the person spearheading this week’s publicity stunts. Mr. Reid’s spokesman, Adam Jentleson, did not respond to a request for comment.
On Equal Pay Day Senate democrats pay women on their staffs an average of $5500 less than they pay men.
The analysis shows female staffers in Democratic Senate offices were paid just 91 cents for each dollar paid to male staffers. The average salary for a woman was more than $5,500 below the average salary for a man. […]
Among those with the greatest disparity is Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.), who paid his female staffers only 72 cents on the dollar compared to male staffers. The average female salary was $20,861 below the average male salary.
Alaska’s Sen. Mark Begich (D.) was even tougher on his female staffers. He paid his female employees just 71 cents on the dollar, for a gender pay gap of $23,504.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.), who just last week held a press conference on the issue of equal pay, was also found to pay her female staffers far less compared to males. The average male salary was $13,037 higher than the average female salary. Women made just 82 cents for each dollar made by men.
Numerous senators up for reelection have an especially large gap between male and female salaries:
•Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.): $15,343 higher average male salary;
•Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.): $9,783 higher average male salary;
•Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.): $6,267 higher average male salary;
•Sen. Mary Pryor (D., Ark.): $5,799 higher average male salary;
•Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.): $3,189 higher average male salary.
Jay Carney is getting testy about being questioned about Obama’s lying:
Harry Reid, who has lost both his mind and his integrity, went to the well again and blamed the Koch brothers for pay inequality:
“These really rich, rich, rich, rich, rich people like the Koch brothers, they prefer to go along with women being paid less than men. And like so many things here, the Republicans in the Senate go along with what the Koch brothers want,” he said. “This issue boils down a fundamental question: Whose side are you on? As usual, the Republicans are siding with the rich and not obviously being too concerned about what’s happening with women in America, not getting paid as much as men for doing the exact same work.”
democrats are counting heavily on women being stupid, unable to understand the truth, unable to comprehend the facts. Mostly, they are depending heavily on women not noticing their galactic hypocrisy. But there is at least one woman upon whom they can count not to think:
The demagoguery- the outright lies- says much of the fiber of the democrat party. They are liars and they are led by a liar. Now they think they can successfully campaign on the Big Lie.
It’s so bad that not even CNN is swallowing it whole:
When Obama speaks, everyone should hear these words:
Women should never forget that Barack Obama was Liar of the Year in 2013.
And pretty much every other year.
Unfortunately for democrats, women are not stupid. This is but an effort at distraction from the Obamacare disaster and I think Obama and his henchmen are going to rue letting this genie out of the bottle.