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Carly Fiorina Wastes Valerie Jarrett on “Equal Pay”

Last night, the White House laid off the general #WaronWomen rhetoric, since they no longer need single women under the age of 35 to vote for them in droves in order to “save their birth control,” as though anyone was physically stopping them from filling a prescription at Wal-Mart. The President did, however, touch on the subject of “pay equity,” playing on the tried-and-true assumption that women in the workforce make less than men do, which persists despite all evidence to the contrary.

In a “won’t you think about the ladies?” moment, the President urged Congress to pass a bill that would demand pay equity, even though there are already laws against discrimination on the books, and overall merit pay discrepancies between the genders is due largely to union and government influence. Unfortunately, even if you were screaming this impotently at the television screen, you could hardly make a dent in the administration’s self-satisfaction. Which is why watching Carly Fiorina lay waste to White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett on this exact subject, using these exact talking points, live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe is totally worth it. 

A study released last year found that women employed in the White House make an average of 13% less than their female colleagues, a figure that hasn’t changed since Obama took office. Obviously the gap is largely due to comparative experience, job levels and achievement, and job description, but considering that the White House doesn’t take that into account when analyzing the national pay gap, one can hardly be expected to take it into account when analyzing theirs. The White House contended at the time that they have equal pay for equal work, but don’t give that excuse to others.

Valerie Jarrett basically ignored Carly Fiorina and touted the Lily Ledbetter Act, which did little except extend the statute of limitations to sue discriminatory employers under already exsiting laws into infinity, which seems less like a milestone achievement when you say what it is out loud. She also yelled. 

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