Gender Income Gap? President Barack Obama Pushes a Political Myth to Get Power

From the President’s recent speech in the East Room of the White House:

THE PRESIDENT: The first time Lilly and I stood together in this room was my tenth day in office, and that’s when we signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  (Applause.)  First bill I signed into law.  And some of the leaders who helped make that happen are here today, including Leader Pelosi and Senator Mikulski and Congresswoman DeLauro.  (Applause.)  I want to thank all the members of Congress and all the state legislators who are here  and all the advocates who are here, because you all contributed to that effort.  And I want to give a special thanks to the members of the National Equal Pay Task Force, who’ve done outstanding work to make workplaces across America more fair.

We’re here because today is Equal Pay Day.  (Applause.)  Equal Pay Day.  And it’s nice to have a day, but it’s even better to have equal pay.  (Applause.)  And our job is not finished yet. Equal Pay Day means that a woman has to work about this far into 2014 to earn what a man earned in 2013.  Think about that.  A woman has got to work about three more months in order to get what a man got because she’s paid less.  That’s not fair.  That’s like adding an extra six miles to a marathon.  (Laughter.)  It’s not right.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Ain’t right.

THE PRESIDENT:  Ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  It’s not right and it ain’t right.  (Laughter.)

America should be a level playing field, a fair race for everybody — a place where anybody who’s willing to work hard has a chance to get ahead.  And restoring that opportunity for every American — men and women — has to be a driving focus for our country. 

Now here is the President’s latest tantrum destroyed in under four minutes.

Politicians specialize in pointing out alleged inequalities–then misrepresenting the reason for those differences—and, finally, casting themselves as the only ‘saviors’ who can deliver the “oppressed.”

This is a path to greater cultural rancor and division and, ultimately, to more power for politicians who go about “solving” that which is not truly a problem (and making things worse, virtually every time). This also serves wannabe tyrants in that government is then increasingly needed to keep people from killing one another, based on the stoked animosities over illusory slights.

In a similar manner to Barack Obama’s nonsense about “income inequality” (which is most keenly fostered by bad government economic policy) this latest rant about unequal pay based on sex is largely a political myth, designed only to give the President and his “party” more power.