May 25, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments
-By Warner Todd Huston
As one of his first official acts, President Barack Obama made a great show of his deep concern for the idea of equal pay for women by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, a bill that was supposed to solve that inequity. Sadly, it appears that Obama and his Democrats are only interested in forcing private industry to observe equal pay for women while refusing to hold themselves to that high standard.
In 2009 Obama got a lot of credit for how much he cares about women yet by April of 2012 a study of what women were being paid in his White House showed they were being paid less on average than the men in his office.
But it isn’t just Obama’s hypocrisy that has come to light on the issue of equal pay for women in government. A new survey of the pay of staffers of Senate Democrats shows that they too are paying their workers less than they pay men.
The Free Beacon looked into the pay of Senate staffers and found that 37 Democrats staffers pay females in their offices less than they pay male employees.
The Beacon found that men make about $6,500 more than females in the offices of such notable Senators as Jeff Bingham (New Mex.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Jon Testor (Mont.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Barbara Boxer (Cal.), Diane Feinstein (Cal.), and many others.
The Beacon notes that one of the reasons that the numbers skew toward male staffers is because chiefs of staff — usually the highest paid member of a politician’s staff — are usually men. The Beacon notes that only 13 Senators have female chiefs of staff.
Yet, even as both the White House and Senate Democrats are violating their own supposed principles they lambaste Republicans as perpetrating a “war on women.”
Hypocrite, thy name is Democrat.
Since the Free Beacon did all the research, I won’t rehash it here. Go over and read the full piece to see the whole sorry story.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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