In one of her books, conservative firebrand Ann Coulter wrote that hypocrisy was the one thing liberals could never be accused of. By refusing to anchor themselves to a definitive moral standard, they create a world without rules. But while Coulter makes an interesting point, plenty of Democrats manage to exercise hypocrisy on a regular basis. When their political platforms fail to align with their real-world policies, their true colors are exposed.
Case in point? President Barack Obama. For as long as he’s been in the public eye, he has been talking about the gender wage gap, introducing legislation that would eliminate that gap and finally level the playing field between men and women.
“On average, full-time working women earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, and women of color face an even greater disparity,” Obama said this year. “I call upon all Americans to recognize the full value of women’s skills and their significant contributions to the labor force, acknowledge the injustice of wage inequality, and join efforts to achieve equal pay.”
Oh, how inspiring! Truly, this is a man who will go down in history as one of our greatest leaders.
Sadly, the history books may reflect that President Obama the Feminist accomplished very little in the way of narrowing that gap. And the historians who really dig into their research will find that despite all his rhetoric, he presided over a rather glaring example of the gender wage gap right in his own White House. According to a report by the American Enterprise Institute, women working at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. make 15.8 percent less than their male counterparts.
Women employed at the White House make an average of $65,650 a year, while men bring home an average of $78,000.
Now let’s divide this into two possibilities:
Possibility 1: Obama is a rampant sexist, using a publicly progressive platform to mask his private misogyny. He has waged his own personal “war on women,” fulfilling his patriarchal fantasies at the highest levels of government.
Possibility 2: There are market forces and economic realities that lead to gender wage gaps, and intentional discrimination has very little to do with it.
To acknowledge that Possibility 2 is much more likely, Democrats would lose one of their most potent political weapons. Perhaps the safest option is Possibility 3: Obama doesn’t or care how much the White House staff is being paid. This would actually be unsurprising. Even so, he knows now. Let’s see what kind of terrible employment decisions he makes in an effort to prove his commitment to feminism.
The White House wage gap. The Hillary Clinton campaign staff wage gap. The pro-$15-an-hour lobbies who want exemptions from their own mandates. Ann’s wrong on this one. Hypocrisy is in ample supply over on the left.