GOP strategist Castellanos and MSNBC’s Maddow spar over gender pay gap

After asking permission, Castellanos offered another refutation Maddow’s central point on pay discrimination.

“When you look at, for example, single women working in America today between the ages of, I think, 40 and 64, who makes more? Men or women on average?  Men make $40,000 a year,” he said.

“Women make $47,000. When you take out the marriage factor, look at some economics. My point here is that we’re manufacturing a political crisis to get away from what this election really wants to be about. And that is the Obama strategy in this election.”

A closer look seems to indicate Castellanos was basing his argument on a recent Wall Street Journal article by Kay Hymowitz explaining the pay gap phenomenon. Hymowitz, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of “Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys,” finds that woman voluntarily lower their earning potential because they choose to have children.

“The main reason that women spend less time at work than men — and that women are unlikely to be the richer sex — is obvious: children,” she wrote.

“Today, childless 20-something women do earn more than their male peers. But most are likely to cut back their hours after they have kids, giving men the hours, and income, advantage.”

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