Sen. Kamala Harris successfully bears aloft the banner of Barack Obama.
As “a person of color”? Yeah, sure — but mainly by pandering to ignorant ideologues.
“Look, women are still not paid equal for equal work in America,” she said recently at a campaign stop.
“The law says that men and women should be paid equally for equal work, but what we know is that in America today, women on average are paid 80 cents on the dollar of what men are paid for the same work. African American women, 61 cents on the dollar, Latinas 53 cents on the dollar. And these are actually not debatable points.”
Well, these points are not debatable . . . in the sense that they have no merit, and everyone who has studied this objectively knows this. Politifact titles its article covering her statement: “On Colbert, Kamala Harris flubs wage gap statistic.”
“Flubs” puts it lightly.
Lies is more like it.
Former President Obama surely fibbed, too, when, in 2016, he said, “[t]oday, the typical woman who works full-time earns 79 cents for every dollar that a typical man makes.”
He knew that he was misusing statistics. He has been made aware of the debunkings of the 79¢ myth. And he understood; he’s no dummy.
The stat is not about “equal pay for equal work.” It aggregates incomes. There is no job-for-job equality and no consideration of real wages (with benefits, for instance). It is just that women-as-a-class take home less pay than men-as-a-class, per capita.
“It is known,” as was said on Game of Thrones.
The lie continues because of America’s “game of thrones.”
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.