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Senate Dems: Loud, but clueless

If you were a group pushing legislation called the “Paycheck Fairness Act” that demanded gender equity in pay and benefits for working women (i.e. women being paid the same as men) and were beating up the other side and accusing them of making “war on women”, do you suppose before you did either you’d ensure your skirts were clean (no pun intended)?

Would you ensure you were paying women in your employ equally before trotting out your bombastic accusations?

Well most smart folks would, but we’re talking about Democratic Senators here.  Five female Democratic Senators held a press conference yesterday in which they did exactly that – demanded equal pay for women and beat up Republicans.  But:

Of the five senators who participated in Wednesday’s press conference—Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), Patty Murray (D., Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.)—three pay their female staff members significantly less than male staffers.

Murray, who has repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a “war a women,” is one of the worst offenders. Female members of Murray’s staff made about $21,000 less per year than male staffers in 2011, a difference of 35.2 percent.

That is well above the 23 percent gap that Democrats claim exists between male and female workers nationwide.

Its not just the Democratic women in the Senate though:

The pay differential is quite striking in some cases, especially among leading Democrats. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who runs the Senate Democratic messaging operation, paid men $19,454 more on average, a 36 percent difference.

Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) paid men $13,063 more, a difference of 23 percent.

Other notable Senators whose “gender pay gap” was larger than 23 percent:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)—47.6 percent
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D., N.M.)—40 percent
  • Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.)—34.2 percent
  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.)—31.5 percent
  • Sen. Tom Carper (D., Del.)—30.4 percent
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.)–29.7 percent
  • Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.)–29.2 percent
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.)—26.5 percent
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore)—26.4 percent
  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa)—23.2 percent

By the way, you do recall that one of the first pieces of legislation passed in the Obama administration was something called the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” which supposedly “solved” the gender pay disparity issue?  Hey, it’s in all of Obama’s campaign literature.

“We passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—the first bill I signed—so that equal pay for equal work is a reality all across this country,” he said in June 2009.

And you can see how well it “solved” the disparities that exist among Democratic Senatorial staffs, can’t you?



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19 Responses to Senate Dems: Loud, but clueless

  • Drago’s First Law: Nothing the Collective pretends to believe…and imposes on you…applies to them.

  • You could toss in the White House Staffers pay inequity (since Obama likes to talk about equities  🙂   ) as well.
    Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), Patty Murray (D., Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.
    And Feinstein, Murray and Boxer, big surprise!   Someone must have said “Macbeth” and caused the three of them to appear for the conference.
    “Hot potato, off his drawers, pluck to make amends (pinch each others noses)”

  • Here’s a link I left out of that – female staffers paid less than males at the White House.  THE CURRENT WHITE HOUSE, not the George W. Bush White House.

    • But the rate of inequity is the lowest of any President in history…
      Sorry.  Could not resist mockage of the current Obamic whopper.

      • Dude!  Brilliant!  Get on the line to Dewey Cheatem and Howe, who are running Obama’s campaign, and remind them that if they do a comparison of pay scales for White House staffers back to Adams the first, they’ll be able to prove that not only has Obama increased the number of female staffers dramatically, but that they pay scales are WAAAAAAAAY higher than, most, if not ALL previous administrations!
        He can probably have that sharp underpaid female staffer that updated the biographies with Obama info add that to EVERY Presidential biography except Washington’s.  A real Coup!  you’re a genius!

  • Wouldn’t you know it … it’s the Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)—47.6 percent

    • Well it’s real simple I learned long ago if you are a student or uneducated then Socialist = stupid. and if you are an adult with an education then Socialist = evil.  It really is that simple.

  • That all proves you don’t have to be a liberal democrat to be a hypocrite but you have to be a hypocrite to be a liberal democrat.

  • I wonder how much Monica Lewinsky made in relation to her male, er, counterparts.

  • Someone tell these Dem women to go bake me a pie…

  • Senate Dems: Loud, but clueless
    That headline says it all – short and true.  But if were the editor, I may revise to:
    Senate Dems: Morons & Idiots who follow Harry Reid & Barack Obama and won’t shut the hell up
    I know that’s a bit longer and uwieldy, but hey, I’m not really an editor.

    • Four More Years .. of this crap ?
      Does anybody really want to give Nancy Pelosi a loaded plane full of liquor ?