Obama to Pressure Companies on Equal Pay Day

President Obama is expected to unveil two executive orders on Tuesday which is ‘Equal Pay Day’ that will put pressure on companies doing business with the government to close the gender pay divide.

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Equal Pay Day was conceived by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 to provide awareness and illustrate the gap between men and women’s wages.

We wonder if the Obama administration has included  a provision in it’s executive order to close the 13% pay gap between men and women working within the White House.

Obama will also direct the Secretary of Labor to draw up new regulations that will require companies to report pay data that include outline race and gender pay.

Seems to us this is nothing more than the Obama Alinsky tactics to create the perception of inequality in America instead of looking at the overall improvement in social issues through the years.

CNN says:

Obama’s executive order will focus on “pay secrecy,” the idea that women who are paid less than their male counterparts may not know it because they don’t know what other employees are making.

“If women do not even know that they are underpaid, they cannot take steps to remedy the pay gap,” said the official. “For example, Lilly Ledbetter was paid less than her male co-workers for decades without realizing it until someone took a risk and slipped her an anonymous note.”

The Obama administration has touted that women make 77 cents on every dollar a man makes.  A statistic they know is false.  Its like comparing a Doctor to a Nurse and decrying income inequality.  One wonders if Obama would like to become like Cuba who has closed the gender pay gap and the gap between Doctors and street venders. In Cuba street sweepers make $17 dollars and Surgeons make $21 dollars per month.  Income inequality solved!

The Daily Beast:

What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week. When all these relevant factors are taken into consideration, the wage gap narrows to about five cents. And no one knows if the five cents is a result of discrimination or some other subtle, hard-to-measure difference between male and female workers

After Obama brought up this fictitious and misleading number during his State of the Union address , the Washington Post did a fact check saying:

There is clearly a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women — such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children — make it difficult to make simple comparisons.

The administration’s back-up document for this statement asserted that “on average women generally make 23 cents on the dollar less than men.” But the White House is using a figure (annual wages, from the Census Bureau) that makes the disparity appear the greatest. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for instance, shows that the gap is 19 cents when looking at weekly wages. The gap is even smaller when you look at hourly wages — it is 14 cents — but then not every wage earner is paid on an hourly basis, so that statistic excludes salaried workers.

In other words, since women in general work fewer hours than men in a year, the statistics used by the White House may be less reliable for examining the key focus of the legislation — wage discrimination. Weekly wages is more of an apples-to-apples comparison, but it does not include as many income categories.

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis surveyed economic literature and concluded that “research suggests that the actual gender wage gap (when female workers are compared with male workers who have similar characteristics) is much lower than the raw wage gap.” They cited one survey, prepared for the Labor Department, which concluded that when such differences are accounted for, much of the hourly wage gap dwindled, to about 5 cents on the dollar.

When President Obama went to Saudi Arabia recently, he didn’t mention women or LGBT issues.  Something that he says is part of his laser focus.  We think that is is apparent that Obama has taken up these issues because it has worked in the past to get out the vote.  And with Democrats potentially losing the Senate, Obama will be pulling out all of the inequality stops and reigniting the mythological Republican War on Women.

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Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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