The Washington Post reports that the average male employed at President Obama’s White House earns significantly more than the average female. The average male makes $88,600 per year; the average female makes $78,400. According to the Post, the gap exists not just in low and mid-level jobs, but also among those who work at the highest echelons of the White House.
The “pay gap” is, of course, a staple “war on women” talking point among Democrats, including Obama. Just last month, the Post reminds us, the president argued that “this is not a women’s issue, this is a family issue.”
Actually, it’s a phony issue, as the White House’s explanation for its pay gap demonstrates. White House officials told the Post that even if the aggregate statistics show a gap, men and women in the same roles at the White House are paid similar amounts. Therefore, said its spokeswomen, “at the White House we have equal pay for equal work.”
But when Obama and other Democrats beat the “pay gap” drum, they use aggregate statistics as evidence that women don’t receive equal pay for equal work. Because that’s what petty demagogues do.