A war on women in the White House?

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President Barack Obama signs two new executive actions aimed at increasing transparency about women's pay during an event at the White House in Washington April 8, 2014.

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  • White house touts gender wage gap in US - what about in its own office?

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  • Even in Nancy Pelosi's office, women earn less than men. Discrimination or choice?

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  • .@stanveuger on wage gaps in the US and white house

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The current Leader of the Opposition, my esteemed colleague Mark Perry, ruined White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s day on Tuesday by pointing out that women in the White House are paid 12 percent less than men in the White House. Tuesday was, of course, Equal Pay Day, a day on which Democrats celebrate the War on Women by making claims that even their allies in the media proclaim to be false. The story is that men and women deserve equal pay for equal work, a laudable objective, and then something about how women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, a laughable statistic.

By conflating the laudable objective and the laughable statistic, Democrats try to create the impression that women in the workplace are the subject of staggering levels of wage discrimination. They do this both for electoral reasons and to rationalize legislation that will help their trial lawyer overlords sue employers for these supposedly staggering levels of wage discrimination.

What Carney suddenly seemed to realize when confronted with Perry’s numbers is that statistics like the 77 cents for every dollar number are based on comparisons of apples to oranges. Men and women make different life choices, for example, and men do not get pregnant very often. Plus, Carney explained, the gender wage gap in the White House is not as big as in some other places and those other places are full of meanies.

What Carney did not explain is why this Democrat-imposed gender pay gap extends beyond the White House. According to data from Legistorm on congressional staffer salaries, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pays his male staffers a 5 percent masculinity bonus. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a woman from überprogressive San Francisco, sits in her office night after night deducting 8 percent off her male staffers’ salaries to come up with living wages for her female staffers.

The people deserve an explanation. Sandra Fluke is right. This must end.

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