President Barack Obama’s spokesman and his chief economic advisor stomped on his critical “gender pay gap” campaign theme as they rushed to defend his huge Obamacare network from a damaging new report.
Obamacare is good because it allows a spouse to work fewer hours so he or she can devote more time to other activities such as childrearing, White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a Tuesday press briefing.
Obamacare “creates an opportunity that has a net benefit for that family, for the community, and broadly speaking… creating that kind of choice for people [to take a lower-paid job] is a good thing,” he said.
“What’s with the White House suddenly doing an about-face on the gender pay gap issue?” asked Janice Shaw Crouse, the director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute at the conservative Concerned Women for America.
“First the President bemoans the supposed gender pay gap in his State of the Union speech, using that as evidence of the ‘war on women’” and of deliberate discrimination, she told The Daily Caller.
“Now they are explaining low labor force participation as [people] making a deliberate choice to drop out” of work, she said. But “if there’s a choice in a family, in all likelihood the wife will be the one to go part-time,” while the husband works full-time, she said.
“It is outrageous for [Obama] to turn around after the CBO report to try to convince the public that the unintended consequences of his policies — lower-paying part-time work and 2 million jobs lost — are actually going to prove beneficial to women, said Crouse.
Carney’s boss is claiming that invidious sexual discrimination has pushed women’s wages down to 77 cents for every dollar made by men, regardless of women’s choices.
“Today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” Obama claimed in the Jan. 28 State of the Union speech. “That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment,” he said. “It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode,” he said.
“This year, let’s all come together — Congress, the White House, businesses from Wall Street to Main Street — to give every woman the opportunity she deserves,” Obama declared.
Obama’s pay-gap claim is likely intended to spur November turnout by women.