Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than MalesHa, ha, ha.... Glass ceiling and less pay. But he "supports" a bill to make it easier for women who've been discriminated against to collect fair compensation.
By Fred Lucas
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
June 30, 2008
(CNSNews.com) - While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has vowed to make pay equity for women a top priority if elected president, an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men.
That is in contrast to Republican presidential candidate John McCain's Senate office, where women, for the most part, out-rank and are paid more than men.
Obama spoke in Albuquerque, N.M. last week about his commitment to the issue and his support of a Senate bill to make it easier to sue an employer for pay discrimination.
On average, women working in Obama's Senate office were paid at least $6,000 below the average man working for the Illinois senator. That's according to data calculated from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate, which covered the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 2007. Of the five people in Obama's Senate office who were paid $100,000 or more on an annual basis, only one -- Obama's administrative manager -- was a woman.Sad, but it gets better:
The average pay for the 33 men on Obama's staff (who earned more than $23,000, the lowest annual salary paid for non-intern employees) was $59,207. The average pay for the 31 women on Obama's staff who earned more than $23,000 per year was $48,729.91. (The average pay for all 36 male employees on Obama's staff was $55,962; and the average pay for all 31 female employees was $48,729. The report indicated that Obama had only one paid intern during the period, who was a male.)
McCain, an Arizona senator, employed a total of 69 people during the reporting period ending in the fall of 2007, but 23 of them were interns. Of his non-intern employees, 30 were women and 16 were men. After excluding interns, the average pay for the 30 women on McCain's staff was $59,104.51. The 16 non-intern males in McCain's office, by comparison, were paid an average of $56,628.83.
The Obama campaign did not respond to written questions submitted on the matter Thursday by Cybercast News Service .So, the answer is stonewalling and criticizing McCain who doesn't engage in the practice while he does. Priceless. Just priceless.
During his Albuquerque speech, Obama criticized McCain for supporting the Supreme Court ruling on the pay-equity issue.
"Sen. McCain thinks the Supreme Court got it right," Obama said. "He opposed the Fair Pay Restoration Act. He suggested that the reason women don't have equal pay isn't discrimination on the job - it's because they need more education and training. That's just totally wrong."
Obama continued, "Lilly Ledbetter's problem was not that she was somehow unqualified or unprepared for higher-paying positions. She most certainly was and by all reports was an excellent employee. Her problem was that her employer paid her less than men doing the exact same work."
Just one more issue to show that Obama is another phony "limousine liberal" who talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. He funds the war. He won't fully support women's rights. Gays can go to hell in their quest for equal rights. He talks about equality then sticks it to his women employees. He supports FISA and the dismantlement of the Constitution.
Sometimes he sounds like Nixon, but without the garrulous personality and paranoia.