Obama Revives an Old Feminist Myth

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When all of the above variables are factored into the equation, the gender pay gap disappears entirely. That is, when men and women work at jobs where their titles, their responsibilities, their qualifications, and their experience are equivalent, they are paid exactly the same.

By no means is this a new phenomenon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it was true even three decades ago. In fact, even in the 1950s, the pay gap between men and never-married women (i.e., those women who were unlikely to have temporarily left the work force in order to raise children) was less than 2%. Never-married white women actually earned 6% more than never-married white men a half-century ago.

One would think that a president so widely reputed to possess a keen and searing intellect would be at least remotely aware of these very basic and easily verifiable truths, or with the fact that equal-pay-for-equal-work has been explicitly mandated by U.S. law since 1963. One would also be inclined to expect that such a devoted champion of justice would possess enough intellectual curiosity to ask himself, before pontificating about pay inequities in the workplace, whether there is any significance to the fact that the female staffers in his own White House earn, on average, 18% less than their male counterparts. The fact that Obama’s statements do not make even a passing reference to any of facts cited in the paragraphs above, can lead us to only two possible conclusions: Either the president is unwittingly spreading misinformation about a vital topic that he is wholly unqualified to address, or he has privately made a calculated decision to promote a fictitious narrative simply because it suits his political ambitions. Take your pick: One betrays the man’s lack of familiarity with with reality; the other betrays his lack of personal integrity.

It is highly unlikely that Obama is unaware of the facts presented above, facts that demolish his utterly unfounded claims, root-and-branch. Logic tells us that by repeating his embarrassingly shallow remarks on pay discrimination, Obama is simply performing the same three-act drama that he has performed countless times before—first as a community organizer and then as a politician: Act One: Identify various voting blocs of supposed victim groups who can be divided along lines of class, race, or gender. Act Two: “Rub raw the resentments” of those groups in precisely the manner outlined by the late Saul Alinsky, guru of all political agitators. Act Three: Cast oneself as the knight-in-shining-armor who heroically rides in to slay the exploiters and save the day for the victims.

This is what passes, nowadays, for a president.

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  • mrbean

    Prez Obama dun knows dat it beez dah white man dat beez keepin dah black peoples down. Yassah, an dey pays dah bruthas an dah sistas lessa den all dah honey crackas who steals dah monies fum fah poe black peoples. Obama gonna git dah secand term an weez goona git ah reparations unter HR 10. Yassah…. Whitey gonna pay all dah black peoples lots mo' monies….yonowatahmsayin… smacking lips…..metttt……mettt….metttt.

    • bresner23

      Feminist version of equality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5OdQGbVNa4

    • Ghostwriter

      Not the "Amos n' Andy" bit AGAIN!!!! What does THIS have to do with what the article was saying? I wish you'd stop doing this,mrbean.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    If he is trying to solve this problem, why is his white house one of the offenders?

    • intrcptr2

      Because he's not trying to solve the non-existent problem?

  • oldtimer

    The pay scale for a nurse, police officer etc. is the same whether male or female.

    • Rifleman

      Apparently, some women need to be paid more to make up for the days they miss. That's a socialist's idea of "fairness".

    • mlcblog

      Don't tell O.

  • WildJew

    Historically, there have been demagogic "knights in shinning armor" who came to the rescue only to leave desolation and misery in their wake. Germans, Japanese, Italians, both women and men alike, internalized this harsh lesson in the previous century. This twenty year disciple of Reverend Jeremiah Wright is cleverly exploiting the "gender gap," thereby hoping American women will provide him the needed edge over his Republican opponent. It does not speak well to the good judgment of Americans who will vote for a racist and a demagogue out of what they perceive to be their self-interest.

  • Rifleman

    Apparently that's how it is in dp run organizations, like the hussein WH, so they assume everyone else is like them.

  • babyanng

    Age ain't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is almost 10 years older than I. We met via ~~Agelessmeet .COM~~ a nice place for younger women and older men, or older women and younger men, to interact with each other! Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends :)

  • mrbean

    Most federal government employees (67%) are women. Federal civilian workers had an average wage of $83,679, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.5 By comparison, the average wage of the nation's 101 million private-sector workers was $51,986. Figure 1 shows average federal- and private-sector wages since 2000, and it reveals that the federal pay advantage over private workers has been increasing steadily. In addition, federal workers enjoy average benefits of $42,462, which compared to average benefits in the U.S. private sector of just $10,771. That huge advantage stems both from more federal workers receiving certain types of benefits and from particular federal benefits being more lucrative than those available in the private sector. Blacks are also 400% to 600% over-represented in percentage of federal goverment jobs.

    • mlcblog

      you expect us to respect this? after you once again contributed that n***** drivel…sorry about the word but that's what it is,no matter the race of the speaker.

      As I have said before, I consider it demeaning and now perhaps most of all to your own self, as it is hard to take you seriously when you would engage in this unfeeling and so out of fashion an old style of mockery. I think you can do better.

      • mrbean

        How Is This? ARADC Stands for Illinois Attorney Registration And Disciplinary Committee. It's the official arm of lawyer discipline in Illinois.
        1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a "lawyer". He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application.

        A "Voluntary Surrender" is not something where you decide "Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?" and forget to renew your license. No, a "Voluntary Surrender" is something you do when you've been accused of something, and you 'voluntarily surrender" your license five seconds before the state suspends you.
        2 Michelle Obama "voluntarily surrendered" her law license in 1993.
        3. So, we have the first black President and First Lady – who don't actually have licenses to practice law. Facts.
        Source: http://jdlong.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/pres-barac

        • mlcblog

          All good points, yes, except that I fail to see what, in 3., "black" has to do with anything. We are talking about behavior, and I find the inclusion of their race unnecessary or perhaps racist here.

          Which brings me to my main and original point. Are you not the same 'mrbean" that wrote this? and regularly contributes this type of verbiage?

          Prez Obama dun knows dat it beez dah white man dat beez keepin dah black peoples down. Yassah, an dey pays dah bruthas an dah sistas lessa den all dah honey crackas who steals dah monies fum fah poe black peoples. Obama gonna git dah secand term an weez goona git ah reparations unter HR 10. Yassah…. Whitey gonna pay all dah black peoples lots mo' monies….yonowatahmsayin… smacking lips…..metttt……mettt….metttt.

      • Kratch

        Are you suggesting that your personal opinion of the speaker makes the facts he presents undeserving of respect? That because he may be a bigot, or an offensive jerk, or just a person with a different sense of humour then you have (and before you start talking to me about what's funny and what isn't, feel free to address that point with all those people who say the yoghurt commercial with a woman headbutting a man to the floor, to the point he becomes afraid of her was funny and not depicting domestic violence), that the clear disparity in pay vs benefits differences between the female dominated public sector and the private sector don't deserve respect, for the sole reason that, he's the one who pointed it out?

        I think this says as much about you than his former post does about him.

        • mlcblog

          Not at all. I am taking exception to what I consider mr bean's deplorable antics which he apparently thinks is oh, so funny but which to me is just in bad taste, bordering on embarrassing use of ebonics for some purpose I do not understand. I have been suggesting he consider discontinuing this. Yes, I personally find it offensive, yet I do not presume to tell him what to do. That is his choice, if indeed mr bean is a guy.

          I was not talking about the article itself but pointing out to mr bean (again, and this was going to be and will be my last time) the glaring disparity between him wanting to be taken seriously versus the strange and, as I said, not that it's a different taste in humor (I love lots of kinds of humor) but that it's just yukky….as I said, vs. his wanting to be read by us in his intelligent (except for throwing in the word "black," again in my opinion) article delineating the 1, 2, 3 of the O's unlawful law licenses.

          Your suggestion that I don't get it or don't have enough sense of humor I find disappointing,and I despair that I was unable to make my point.

          • Mark Neil

            The problem is, you said "you expect us to respect this?". You effectively disrespected the content, rather than the presenter. Had you said "you expect to be taken seriously now?", it would have been a completely different argument (and I would not have commented, but you instead choose to dismiss the content.

            As to the assertion "Your suggestion that I don't get it or don't have enough sense of humor", you misrepresent me. I never said you nether got it, nor that you failed to have a sense of humour, I said the humour was different. I then pointed to the hypocrites that generally moan and whine about a woman getting a hangnail on TV laughing it up at a man getting headbutted to the ground, and saying "it's only humour", and suggested, if you want to start dictating what is funny and what isn't (rather than accepting different people find different things funny), you can start with those hypocrites first before you come to me.

          • mlcblog

            Your points are well taken. Thank you.

  • Randy

    Excellent article. The concluding two paragraphs were masterful.

  • Eric G

    I am a major in the USAF, and all female majors in the USAF make the same pay as me. All men and women alike have the same opportunities as me to get a commission in the USAF.

  • Western Spirit

    obama is just trying to get women to vote for him. this woman sees through him and i hope others will too. after all he can't run on his record. men are always placed where the rubber meets the road and get paid for it but die off before women do.

  • SassyFrasse

    . RE: "Obama Revives a Black Feminist Myth….."

    Tawana Brawley
    Tawana Brawley

  • Dispozadaburka

    I can't wait for his Muslim Brothers in the White House to demand to breast feed from Michelle and Hilary.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What does Obama really think women should be paid, at least enough for death rags to cover
    them head to toe and enough for provide tape for their mouths. Who does the Mullah think he is
    kidding, women are chattel in Islam and Obama is Islam's guy in America…………..William

  • Dispozadaburka

    Wait until you see the building in DC that the Saudi's are building.

    Huge, next to the Verizon Center.

    They won't allow alcohol to be served in their building.

    Breastfeeding Muslim men in offices shared with women, ok

    Alcohol in restaurants in a Muslim building in Washington, DC. not ok

  • sedoanman

    If I was an employer, I would be insane to hire a man for $X if I could hire a woman for $0.69X.

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama must be the female in his homosexual encounters!!!!

  • mlcblog

    I am thinking that to be fair Warren Buffett's secretary should have to run the company and then she could get paid what the boss does and pay that amount of taxes.

    I mean, is it fair that she does less work than WB?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Not when democrats pay less for their senate staffers, and white house staffing pays more to men.