WASHINGTON - President Obama and the Democrats have been peddling some whoppers lately about women in the workforce and Obamacare that are patently untrue, or based on questionable, exaggerated data.
Obama and his party are betting they can get away with such falsehoods because the news media swallows them whole, regurgitating their charges as facts. Washington's ultra-liberal press corps rarely digs into the veracity of his claims.
The first is the White House's election year claims that average working women are paid a great deal less than men, often for the same amount of work.
Here's what Obama said April 8 on equal pay for equal work: "Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns in 2014, that's an embarrassment. It is wrong."
When Obama and the Democrats get into trouble, they usually reach for the weapon they've used so many times before: demagoguery. And that's what they're doing now to boost the women's vote, as midterm election polls show they're going to get a shellacking in the Senate races in November
Is the president's statement true? Well, on Sunday, the Washington Post's highly respected "Fact Checker", Glenn Kessler, gave his statement "Two Pinocchios" out of four, but said he said he was "tempted to go one step further to Three Pinocchios."
Pinocchio is the 19th Century tale, made into a 1940 Disney film, of a little boy whose nose grows longer when he doesn't tell the truth.
Kessler's been warning Obama about his wage gap claim for quite awhile. In the 2012 presidential election, he looked into the math "and found it wanting." He questioned Obama's statement again when he used it in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union addresses.
But "he keeps using it, as do many other Democrats. So now it's time for a reassessment," he writes.
What he found is that his claim is based on very simple math that does not account for a wide and complex variety of factors and differences "in the life choices of men and women" that "make it difficult to make easy comparisons."
June O'Neill, the former Congressional Budget Office director who has been a critic of the 77 cent statistic, says the gap is due to many varying, statistical factors. Among them: the average woman has less work experience than the average male; more of the weeks women work tend to be part-time instead of full-time; women tend to leave the workforce for periods of time to raise children; they often want and obtain flexible work hours with lower pay; and tend to choose lower paying work.
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