Dear leftosphere, please stop lying. Coloradans aren’t stupid. A reader recently sent us a flyer distributed by Fair Share Action that offered a litany of ways that liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall is “working hard for hard-working families”. (Because he knows what it’s like to be a family scraping by?) One of the ways that Udall is supposedly “working hard” is that he is “fighting to ensure that women get paid the same as men when they do the same work”.
Fair Share, you’re just asking to be spanked.
First of all, we reported in April that Udall paid his female staffers 82 cents for every dollar his male staffers earned, which is far less than his opponent, Cory Gardner, pays his women. In fact, Gardner pays his women $1.04 for every dollar his male counterparts make. His staff roared that but, but, but, context…senior staffers…whatever will stick…. Fine, then, the question becomes why are all your senior staffers men? The office couldn’t find qualified females up to senior level staff jobs? We highly doubt that. But, charity begins at home. Either pay your women better or trust women in leadership roles.
Next, what Fair Share is describing above is actually already a law, but thanks for trying to pass it again. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:
“The Equal Pay Act [of 1963] requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment.”
We’ve caught Udall on several occasions trying to make up for his ridiculously lackluster career in the U.S. Senate. (His greatest achievement was a bipartisan seating chart. Someone should hire this guy to head White House protocol, not represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate.) But, attempting to claim that he’s trying to pass a law that’s been on the books for over fifty years is rich.
Then, there’s the continued victimization of women that the left is consistently trying to shove down everyone’s throats. The fact of the matter is that women, for the most part, are paid equally for equal work, but there are a lot of inputs into what “equal work” looks like. The Heritage Foundation breaks it down:
“Education, choice of industry and occupation, hours worked, experience, and career interruptions all affect the productivity—and compensation—of workers, whether male or female. Accounting for such factors reduces the difference between average male and female wages to just 5 cents on the dollar. Other factors, such as the cost of fringe benefits, may account for much or all of the remaining gap.”
Every time the left tries to shove this talking point on Colorado, we will come back with an even more pointed post. So, please keep mentioning this, we love writing this post over and over and over again.