[VIDEO] White House’s Pay Gap for Women: Watch Valerie Jarrett’s Evasive Response When Confronted by Carly FiorinaPosted: January 21, 2015
Noah Rothman writes: As part of President Barack Obama’s annual effort to provoke Republicans and cheer up disheartened Democrats, the president touched on a theme that he has deployed effectively in the past that is designed to inflame tensions between the genders: The idea that women are systematically discriminated against in the workplace….(read the full text here, at Hot Air)
“The average female employee at the White House earns about $78,400, while the average male employee earns about $88,600. That’s a gap of 13 percent – the same percentage as 2009, when the average woman made about $72,700 and the average man earned about $82,000…”
…By the administration’s own dubious calculations, the White House pays women less than their male counterparts in similar positions – a condition that persists long after it was first revealed by investigative reporters.
“…Women tend to hold more junior positions than men, and among White House leadership just 53 female officials make more than $100,000 compared to 87 males who do.”
— CBS News report from June 2014
White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was confronted over this disparity, and the hypocrisy associated with the president’s regular hectoring of others for a sin in which he also indulges, by potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Wednesday in an appearance on MSNBC.
“I’m also struck by the fact that the single greatest impediment to equal pay for equal work is the seniority system, which pays not on merit, not on performance, but on time and grade.”
— Carly Fiorina
Fiorina noted that, not only are there already anti-discrimination laws on the books and if women are truly being discriminated against, they have a legal recourse. Moreover, she added, the president is not leading on the issue because he cannot even address the pay disparity in his own White House based on the administration’s problematic calculations.
“And who is it that supports the seniority system? Unions. Government bureaucracies. The vast majority of constituencies that the Democratic Party represents and who supports the Democratic Party.”
— Carly Fiorina
“In the White House, women do earn equal pay for equal work,” Jarrett replied unconvincingly. She went on to ignore Fiorina’s astute questions and touted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law in 2009 as evidence of the administration’s commitment to eliminate gender discrimination. “There’s no good reason why Congress hasn’t passed the paycheck fairness act!” she exclaimed…. (read more)
- Carly Fiorina to Valerie Jarrett: Shouldn’t Equal Pay Start at the White House? (mediaite.com)
- Carly Fiorina Challenges Valerie Jarrett Over Unequal Pay For Women In White House [VIDEO] (dailycaller.com)
- Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina challenges WH hypocrisy on equal pay for women (redalertpolitics.com)
- Questions for Democratic Women Championing Equal Pay (nationalreview.com)
- Obama declares Thursday ‘National Equal Pay Day,’ despite paying female staffers less than male counterparts (dailycaller.com)
- A Moral Victory on ‘Equal Pay’ (nationalreview.com)
- Obama’s war on science and gullible women (powerlineblog.com)