The PJ Tatler

When Even Ruth Marcus is Slamming the Democrats' 'Equal Pay Demagoguery'...

…you know that the Democrats have stirred up a backlash.

Here’s a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Not that you’d know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrat are happily flinging at Republicans who dare to oppose the measure.

“I don’t know why you would resist the idea that women should be paid the same as men and then deny that that’s not always happening out there,” Obama said Tuesday. “If Republicans in Congress… want to show that they do care about women being paid the same as men, then show me…They can join us, in this, the 21st century and vote yes on the Paycheck Fairness Act.”

Oh come on.

Before you start checking the byline at the top of this piece and emailing the editor that there’s been a terrible mistake, let me be clear: I support ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work — I have a bit of a vested stake in that issue myself. Unequal pay remains a problem, although not at the women-earn-77-cents-on-the-dollar level of Democrats’ sloganeering. Most relevantly, I’d vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act in the unlikely event that someone elected me to Congress.

Marcus, unlike any Democrat in Congress, allows that there are problems with the Democrats’ “Paycheck Fairness” gambit. It’s a purely cynical political ploy, and as policy it’s more of a gift to trial lawyers than an actual equal pay measure. Marcus also calls Obama and the Democrats out for being the shameless shills that they have become. It really is shocking that the party of Jefferson has become the intellectual wasteland that it is now.

And then there’s the shameless hypocrisy. Every Democrat office that has been checked — Barack Obama’s, Wendy Davis’, Mark Begich’s, Mary Landrieu’s, all of them — show pay gaps for women too. There’s an old saying that applies here — if you want to change the world, start with changing yourself.