Women voters are ignorant dupes
By Mark Alexander
Female voters are too ignorant to sniff out and reject emotive bait ... clearly the underlying assumption held by the Democrat Party.
In order to firm up one of his most dependable "grievance" voter constituencies, Barack Obama is baiting ballot hooks with what Demo strategists insist is an irresistible lure for getting out the female vote: "equal pay for equal work."
That enticement is a variation on the Democrat Party's tried and true politics of disparity -- "war on women" propaganda "income inequality" rhetoric. This includes rolling out two more executive orders, the latest concerning wage disparity, even though equal pay for equal work is already the law.
Recall, if you will, that to foment class warfare sentiments among the proletariat, Obama declared that the "defining challenge of our time" is income inequality, and he promised to make that the focus "for the rest of my presidency."
Never mind that, in a side-by-side compensation comparison corrected for experience, college major, time on the job, type of job, risk of injury and the like, the wage gap between women and men is not 23 cents for every dollar a man earns, as Obama and his minions have falsely and repeatedly claimed. Indeed, when corrected for these factors, the disparity all but vanishes. Even the liberal Washington Post has awarded Obama "Two Pinocchios" for this repeated "77 cents on the dollar" falsehood.
In calling Obama out on this latest in his long list of lies, Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler wrote, "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. ... [Obama] must acknowledge that average annual wages do not begin to capture what is actually happening in the work force and society."
As he trolls for the female vote, Obama also conveniently ignores the fact that far more men than women have lost jobs during the "Obama economic recovery," with millions suffering a 100% reduction of income since this president took office.
Further complicating matters for the White House, spokesman Jay Carney was at a loss for words when confronted in a press briefing with a new report that among Obama's White House staffers, the median salary for females was 12% lower than male staffers.
Carney insisted, "We have as an institution here, have aggressively addressed this challenge, and obviously, though, at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not a hundred, but it is better than the national average. And when it comes to the bottom line, women who do the same work as men have to be paid the same, there is no question that that is happening here at the White House at every level."
In effect, Carney undercut Obama's wage-gap ploy by acknowledging that "women who do the same work as men have to be paid the same." That is the law. And across the nation, the wage parity gap is very narrow.
University of Michigan economist Mark Perry notes that references to the median salary between men and women are "meaningless" and concludes that the pay gap between Obama's staffers is not based on discrimination, but "based on the fact that women and men are playing different roles within the organization."
And now comes word that the gender-pay gap for staffers on the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which is endeavoring to advance Obama's income inequality deception, is worse than that "national average" Obama keeps repeating. In fact, women at the DSCC are only paid 70 cents for every dollar their male counterparts collect.
Oh, and Obama's Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, appointed six women to cabinet-level posts, while only three of Obama's cabinet posts are filled by females.
All this being said, the facts are irrelevant if Obama and his Leftist cadres are correct in their assumption that a majority of women voters are too ignorant to discern between truth and falsehood, and are incapable of forming an original thought. Team Obama is counting on that calculus because female majorities have elected every Democrat president since 1960. (Obama won the female vote 55% to 44% over Mitt Romney in 2012, with single women choosing Obama by a whopping 68% to 30% margin.)
Of course, that "ignorant" assumption is true of most Democrat voters of either gender (and all those gender-confused constituents in between). This is demonstrably true of the party's delusional leading ladies: DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth "Honest Injun" Warren, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters and, of course, Hillary Clinton.
Consider this sampling of erudite wisdom from this gaggle of Demos...
Wasserman Schultz on the difference in Democrats and the racist Tea Party folks: "I don't see any swastikas or any pictures of the president in black face or burned in effigy here. The difference between the way we express our First Amendment rights and the way I've seen Tea Party extremists express their right is dramatically different.
Pelosi on ObamaCare: "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."
Boxer on life after death: "Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."
Maxine Waters on Democratic Socialism: "Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing ... uh, um ... Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies."
Warren, the Left's standard-bearer, on Obama's infamous assertion "You didn't build that": "People worked hard, they built a business, God bless, but they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build."
Feinstein on "sensible gun control policy": "Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe."
MObama on Barack's wage gap nonsense: "He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act into law to help women get equal pay for equal work, because he knows what that pay means to families." (Apparently he does NOT know what losing a job means to families.)
Bill Clinton's heir apparent, Hillary, on the long list of women he sexually molested: "Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody's going to believe them."
And a Hillary bonus quote: "We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. ... God bless the America we are trying to create."
So what's the GOP to do?
The bottom line is that any GOP candidate who can clearly articulate why Liberty and free enterprise are winning goals for women and their families, and who is strong, of good character and trustworthy, will attract enough voters, male and female, to defeat Obama's socialist propaganda machine.
And a footnote: Unlike contemporary leftists, you won't find genuine Conservatives playing the gender-bait game. We choose our iconic leaders based on their record in support of Essential Liberty. Thus, there are many conservative leading ladies on my list -- right up top next to Ronald Reagan would be Margaret Thatcher. And today's conservative women are among the most articulate and forthright advocates of Liberty.
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.