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WHITE HOUSE HYPOCRISY ON THE SALARY GAP

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Pres. Obama addresses the White House Summit on Working Families
The President thinks if he waves his hand, his problems will go away.

President Obama, falling in the polls and failing on every front, has begun expressing frustration at what he can’t control. But one issue he could easily fix remains unaddressed: the pay gap between men and women on his staff. A new report to Congress shows women earn 12% less than men at the White House – virtually unchanged from the 13% differential when Obama took over. Since he describes the salary gap as a crisis in the nation at large, promising government action to erase it, why does he tolerate similar disparities in his own office? A statement from the administration says men get paid more because of greater experience and occupying more important positions – but that’s precisely the same reason males make more in the private sector, isn’t it? This embarrassing situation with his own bloated staff exposes the president’s deceptive political posturing, startling incompetence and rank hypocrisy.

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  1. Brian  •  Jul 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This is a statistical trick. If all things were equal, as they should be, over time the salaries of men vs. women, when broadly sampled, would vary. Some years men would make more and some years women. However, that is not the case. For as long as the broad statistic has been measured women have always made less, that is why the difference is an issue. With regard to the Whitehouse you have two problems with Mr. Medved’s presentation. First, smaller samples and site specific samples will generally exaggerate discrepancies. Second, the employees at the Whitehouse are employees of the Federal government who’s salaries are not determined by any given President.

    • Matthew Fuhrmann  •  Jul 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Men make more than women because men normally have more experience or time in their job because they don’t get pregnant, and usually don’t stay home with the kids. There is nothing wrong with this, obviously, because kids do need to be parented, or else we will get another crop of people like the ones who voted for the current President. Additionally, men make more money because more men make up jobs that are dangerous, but don’t require a college education, like miners, or to some extent firefighters. These jobs get paid more because they are dangerous, compared to similarly skilled jobs, and more men have them. These factors mean that men will generally make more money. It isn’t discrimination, it is economics.

  2. Bob Redding  •  Jul 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Unlike government, state and military employees who work on a pay-scale and are paid by the position you hold and the pay scale of that position. In the free market, salaries are negotiated between the employer and the employee, and the employer is always going to try and get someone to work for them for as low a salary as they can. That fact that this is the case, and not everyone is working at the same salary level, is why at most companies discussing salaries is forbidden. Men make more money… because they ask for more, plain and simple. The war on women is a fraud!

    • Louie, Louie  •  Jul 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      “and the employer is always going to try and get someone to work for them for as low a salary as they can. ”

      That is probably true for the father of three who is frying burgers but trust me, for CEOs and officers of companies, salaries are high as possible so as to retain capability and talent.

      • Bob Redding  •  Jul 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        Sorry, that’s not true, “trust me”, when considering the value a person will bring and what it will take to ensure retention, these are simply factors in the negotiation process.

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