Pay Equity: Barack Obama has criticized John McCain's actions in the case of Lilly Ledbetter, who sued for alleged pay discrimination. But if Obama supports equal pay for equal work, why doesn't he do it in his office?
If all you used were data culled from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate, covering the six-month period ended March 31, 2008, you'd think McCain was the champion of Rosie the Riveter and Obama the heartless male chauvinist troglodyte.
Crunching the numbers, Obama's 28 male staffers were paid a total of $1,523,120 for an average salary of $54,397. Obama's 30 female employees divided $1,354,580 for a female average salary of $45,152. Obama's female staffers, on average, make just 83 cents to the dollar his male staffers make.
McCain's office, by contrast, is a feminist fantasy. McCain's 17 male staffers carve up $916,914 for an average salary of $53,936. His 25 female employees split $1,396,958 for average pay of $55,878. In McCain's office, a woman earns $1.04 for every buck a man makes.
Practice what you preach, Sen. Obama.