Obama Repeats Pay Gap Canard in SOTU Address

by W.F. Price on January 29, 2014

I listened to a little bit of the state of the union address, catching Obama’s gender-baiting comments before turning off the TV. He hit just a couple feminist talking points and didn’t dwell on them for too long, but got rousing applause from the audience. His nod to feminism got louder applause than anything else I heard come out of his mouth.

Here’s the text of that part:

Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode. This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.

I think the enthusiastic response was as much a result of the composition of the audience as anything, but the difficulties working women face are real, and I understand the appeal of family-friendly policies. However, this “pay gap” lie is really damaging, and not only for men, but for everyone in a family. Taking everything into account, including hours worked, seniority and profession, women are not paid less for the same work. To force equal pay for women who don’t work as much as their male counterparts would be a tax on men that primarily benefits single, childless women — not mothers, who obtain much of their support from their children’s fathers.

So what you’d have is a situation in which careerist high-T type females would be living large while families would be relatively poorer. It’s a terrible idea that would benefit the few at the expense of the many. A better way to immediately improve the lot of poor mothers would be to give men who pay child support tax breaks for their payments. It wouldn’t be perfect, but it’s better than a law that won’t do a damn thing for the kinds of women and children who really do need the extra money.

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Feminist_Nullificationist January 29, 2014 at 11:23

I was stunned when Obama repeated this same old lie in his push for “comparable worth” NOT equal pay for the same work. Obama, for example, wants the same pay for a secretary as a plumber, or the same pay for an electrician as a house keeper. He wants Communism, instead of a free mark economy, where people are paid for their labor on the principal of supply and demand. http://tinyurl.com/yzeu7d8

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keyster January 29, 2014 at 11:33

What the Pay Check Fairness Act would have done is given the EEOC the power to request payroll records, by gender, of large employers across the country to ensure equal pay for women is being enforced….much like they do for Affirmative Action now. If an employer is found to be out of compliance they will be warned and then publicly sued by the DOJ.

You can thank the Senate GOP for blocking cloture on this equality albatross on business (and men) – – you know, the TradCon conservative Republicans that don’t ever do anything to help men. Harry Reid wanted to sneak it in before the now majority GOP House was sworn in – knowing Nancy Pelosi would have gotten it passed.

Women in general make less because they WORK LESS at the same job. They take more time off, use more sick days (ostensibly because they might have difficult periods; cramps, heavy flow, fatigue, depression, anxiety, etc.), and they also tend to take more time off inbetween jobs – or quit altogether if married with children.

Right now what women (and men) really need is a job – not this gender equality crap spouted by a useless and naive POTUS. He’s simply trying to tee up Hillary for 2016.

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Migu January 29, 2014 at 11:52

I hope they do it. So many women I know would be receiving substantial pay cuts.

What? you ladies think they would give men raises to make everyone equal?

That’s not how equality works.

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keyster January 29, 2014 at 12:01

He couldn’t point to any anecdotal plants in the audience of a woman making less money than a man for doing the same job – because there aren’t any…except in his own administration.

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gu January 29, 2014 at 12:35

Obama is a moronic degenerate that deserves to be insulted in the sharpest terms.

You were being extremely charitable to him.

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geographybeefinalisthimself January 29, 2014 at 14:50

“A better way to immediately improve the lot of poor mothers would be to give men who pay child support tax breaks for their payments.”

A better way would be to abolish child support altogether. Want to be a single mother out of wedlock? Support the kid yourself. Want to file a divorce because you’re “unhappy?” Leave your ex-husband off the hook; you wanted the divorce, not him. Assist widowed single mothers only.

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gwallan January 29, 2014 at 14:57

“That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. ”

No, Barry. What’s embarrassing is that a modern western democracy could elect such a dill as president.

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Vektor January 29, 2014 at 18:33

Obama has grasped that women sure do love the word “deserve”.

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Survivorman January 29, 2014 at 20:00

I tuned in (via internet) about the time that Barry pointed out the morbidly obese single mom in the audience that successfully signed up for ObamaCare, and had a heart attack the very next day!

This was supposed to be a shining example of how well the ACA is working.. Great — I get to pay for this woman’s poor life decisions!

I turned it off in disgust right there.

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Anonymous Reader January 29, 2014 at 20:15

I don’t listen to SOTU speeches by anyone. They’ve been formulaic, Kabuki-theater pep rallies for a political party as long as I can recall. In the unlikely event something new is to be proposed, it will be telegraphed long before.

Is anyone really surprised that this year’s SOTU contained an obligatory shout out to the feminst base of the Party? Or that said shout out was a lie that was worn out, old and tired back when Lewinsky was under Bill Clinton’s desk?

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Quasimode January 29, 2014 at 21:24

The key economic theme with socialist-patronii and dogedly-feminii is their insistence to be in controll of PAY.

Socialist-patronii and dogedly-feminii are not intrested in creating environments where all and sundry may EARN more. They are purely concerned with appropriating the FREEDOM of settling questions of PAY in incorporations, individuals, firms, employers and employees.

Last time Communism came through the front door to town there was beating, kicking, burning, thrashing and killing. But like now Communisim is already in through the back door, no one is paying close enough attention, when instead there should also be beating, kicking … … … …

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Opus January 30, 2014 at 12:46

Politicians deal in Myth.

Happily Her Majesty does not broadcast on the state of her various Realms. I suppose the closest she gets to that is her Christmas Broadcast when we learn whether she and her extended family have had or have not had an Anus Horibilis (shots of Corgis, Zulu’s in grass skirts, a baby).

Frankly, I would have thought that women earn more than men for the same job – that at least has been my miserable experience.

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Richard North January 30, 2014 at 16:03

Would this really be enforced in cases where women would take a pay cut? Wouldn’t be surprised if those companies were ignored- and that only companies where women would gain, would get focused on and prosecuted

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cxj January 30, 2014 at 20:54

“A better way would be to abolish child support altogether. Want to be a single mother out of wedlock? Support the kid yourself. Want to file a divorce because you’re “unhappy?” Leave your ex-husband off the hook; you wanted the divorce, not him. Assist widowed single mothers only.”

Backed hard.

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zimmy January 31, 2014 at 08:03

The president appeals to his low information voters. I was shocked that he once again and without shame noted the old 77 cents to a dollar canard. Even more shocking was the applause. We’re led by imbeciles.

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Anon7 January 31, 2014 at 08:11

If you had watched the SOTU address in its entirety (as I did), your title for this article would have been “It’s Official: The Democratic Party Is Now Only Talking To Women”.

BTW, for those who haven’t seen it, the video “Why Men Earn More” by Dr. Warren Farrel is well worth watching. Farrel was a significant figure in the early feminist movement who basically did a complete turn-around on this issue after exhaustively examining the facts.

His presentation is extremely compelling, and full of useful, quotable facts and figures.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Cb_6v-JQ13Q

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FTLOTBP February 3, 2014 at 01:49

Women earn the same as men – IF they WORK the SAME JOB. Our rulership (notice I didn’t say “leadership”) is based on lies. This is part of the democratic cycle – end up getting led by morons until the whole fucking thing falls apart from the sheer burden of stupidity.

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