President Obama Uses His Own Daughters as Equal Pay Props on Twitter
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 8, 2014
Sometimes politicians use people as props. President Obama has done it before, and he did it again tonight on Twitter. The White House Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Mr. Obama with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, along with a quote from Mr. Obama saying, “I’ve got two daughters and I expect them to be treated like anybody’s sons.” He was speaking in reference to equal pay for women.
Interestingly, for all of its histrionics about equal pay, women working at the White House don’t make as much as their male counterparts. But more importantly, research shows that when you compare apples to apples, women are compensated equally to their male counterparts for equal work.
The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood laid bare the facts last week in a Foundry column:
When you compare women and men who are doing the same job and have similar educational backgrounds and experience, the wage gap all but disappears. The whole “women make 77 cents for every dollar men make,” line, no matter how many times the Left says it, is absolutely false when you compare apples to apples.
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%, 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.
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.
WFB has another report detailing the pay disparities in several Congressional offices in which lawmakers claim to be for equal pay. Despite empirical evidence undermining Democrat lawmakers’ claims about equal pay and revealing their hypocrisy, they seem intent upon making women feel safe only in the hands of a compassionate big government, protected only by a president willing to use his pen to sign executive orders, as he did today on equal pay. It’s just not clear that’s going to make anything better for women.
Trial lawyers may benefit however. The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk explains:
the PFA allows employees to sue businesses that pay different workers different wages—even if those differences have nothing to do with the employees’ sex. These lawsuits can be brought for unlimited damages, giving a windfall to trial lawyers.
Sherk also explains that this type of legislation could put downward pressure on all workers’ wages.
Rather than enacting policies that promote jobs, the liberals in power are worried about a problem that doesn’t actually exist and are working to find a “solution” that will make things worse for all workers.