Fairness Is Not Equality
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Barack Obama has lately confused his adjectives when speaking to the supposed equality flaws in America's employment system. What he should say and what this country needs is fair pay for women, which is not the same as equal pay. But that has not not stopped him from linking natural social behaviors to issues of equality in an attempt to convince single working mothers to cast their votes for him in November. If Mr. Obama's profound logic was used, then it would follow that Mr. Obama himself is a hypocrite because the women working in his Senate office are outnumbered and outpaid by men.
According to data calculated from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate, which covered the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 2007, women in Mr. Obama's office were being paid at least $6,000 less than men working for the Illinois senator. Also, of the five people in Mr. Obama's Senate office who were paid $100,000 annually, only one - Mr. Obama's administrative manager - was a woman. So, is the presumptive Democratic nominee really a hypocrite? Isn't he guilty of the very discrimination he claims plagues corporate America? It is certainly easy to take this position, and many will have a field day doing so. In fact, such an analysis is only doing what Mr. Obama himself is guilty of: taking sound-bite statistics and using them for political advantage.
What the situation needs is a little common sense. …