Never letting the facts get in the way of the victim narrative
"President Obama used the seventh anniversary of a law based on lies to push the Left's long-running lie that American employers discriminate against female employees.
The Left perpetuates the cult of the victim because it needs clients. Independent, self-reliant, self-respecting women who succeed on their own don't need leftist social programs (and they're less likely to vote for Democrats). Sadly, the leftist lie that women earn less than men will probably never die because it is essential to the Left's narrative that America is inherently unfair.
And it’s not that Obama is necessarily economically illiterate -- as a Marxist ideologue he simply doesn't care about the laws of economics, which he regards as obstacles to be overcome in the furtherance of social progress.
"Today, women account for almost half of the workforce," Obama huffed. "But the typical woman who works full time still earns 79 cents for every dollar that the typical man does."
The Radical-in-Chief continued:
It doesn’t just offend our values. At a time when women are increasingly the breadwinners in our households, paying them less makes it harder for families to cover the necessities like child care or health care, just to pay the bills. It makes it harder for a family to save, harder for families to retire. It means local businesses have customers with less money to spend. So it’s not good for our communities. It’s not good for our families. It’s not good for our businesses. What kind of example does paying women less set for our sons and daughters?
Of course comparing men's wages to women's wages is like comparing apples to oranges.
As the Manhattan Institute's Diana Furchtgott-Roth wrote in 2013, the 77-cent figure Obama used that year "is bogus because it averages all full-time women, no matter what education and profession, with all full-time men."
Even with such averaging, the latest Labor Department figures show that women working full-time make 81 percent of full-time men's wages. For men and women who work 40 hours weekly, the ratio is 88 percent.
"Unmarried childless women's salaries, however, often exceed men's. In a comparison of unmarried and childless men and women between the ages of 35 and 43, women earn more: 108 cents on a man's dollar.
Women pull in less money because they tend to opt for more humanities and fewer science and math majors in college.
"Then, when they graduate, more enter the non-profit or government sector," she observed. "Finally, many choose to work fewer hours to better combine work and family. In May, 2013, according to Labor Department data, 23 percent of women worked part-time, compared to 11 percent of men."
Even the left-wing Washington Post has called out Obama for his pay-gap distortions, awarding "Two Pinocchios" to his 2014 claim that American women earn just 77 cents for every dollar men earn.
Unless women stop getting married and having children, and start abandoning careers in childhood education for naval architecture, this huge gap in wages will almost certainly persist. Democrats thus can keep bringing it up every two years.
There appears to be some sort of wage gap and closing it is certainly a worthy goal. But it’s a bit rich for the president to repeatedly cite this statistic as an 'embarrassment.' ... The president must begin to acknowledge that '77 cents' does not begin to capture what is actually happening in the work force and society.
But Obama never lets facts get in the way of the narrative." -- Matthew Vadum