Chelsea Clinton has a habit of lying.
She pushed one lie in particular that is near and dear to liberals’ hearts.
But this time, her lies finally caught up with her.
Clinton has adopted all kinds of left-wing causes as she has become a prolific social media user.
One is the so-called “wage gap.”
Liberals and feminists claim women only earn a fraction of what men do.
They push the debunked claim that women only earn 77 cents for every dollar taken home by men.
It’s fake news designed to create pressure for liberal legislation to regulate businesses and pay off their trial lawyer donors by opening companies up to frivolous lawsuits.
And Chelsea Clinton is taking the lead on promoting this false claim.
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— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 22, 2017
The reality is that the wage gap doesn’t exist.
It’s fake news.
Men aren’t paid more than women because of the patriarchy or inherent sexism in the American economy.
It’s because of life choices.
The Obama administration illustrated this.
Women in the Obama administration earned 77 cents of what men did.
But that was because women took lower paying jobs and there were more women in the administration.
Ashe Scow wrote in The Washington Examiner:
Those who perpetuate the myth of the 23-cent wage gap myth do so even though they know the real reasons for the gap. President Obama continues to claim women earn less than men even though, using the same statistics to arrive at the 77 or 78-cent figure, his administration has its own wage gap. When that was pointed out, the administration responded by saying it was because there are more women in the administration but they hold lower-paying jobs, which skews the average. A side-by-side comparison of men and women working the same jobs found no such wage gap.
The acknowledgment that the 77-cent figure is inaccurate hasn’t stopped the White House from still bringing it up from time to time, although Obama himself has slowed down on its use recently.
Even The Washington Post’s liberal fact checker, Glenn Kessler, debunked the claim.
“June O’Neill, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office who has been a critic of the 77-cent statistic, has noted that the wage gap is affected by a number of factors, including that the average woman has less work experience than the average man and that more of the weeks worked by women are part-time rather than full-time. Women also tend to leave the workforce for periods to raise children, seek jobs that may have more flexible hours but lower pay, and choose careers that tend to have lower pay.
Indeed, BLS data show that women who do not get married have virtually no wage gap; they earn 95 cents for every dollar a man makes. (Another interesting fact: Women who are members of unions make almost 91 cents compared to their counterparts.)
In 2011, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis surveyed economic literature and concluded that “research suggests that the actual gender wage gap (when female workers are compared with male workers who have similar characteristics) is much lower than the raw wage gap.” They noted that women may prefer to accept jobs with lower wages but greater benefits (more flexible parental leave) so excluding such fringe benefits from the calculations will exaggerate the wage disparity. One survey, prepared for the Labor Department by the CONSAD Research Corp. during the George W. Bush administration, concluded that when such differences are accounted for, much of the hourly wage gap dwindled, to about 5 cents on the dollar.”
Chelsea Clinton repeated this lie about a wage gap.
But spreading fake news has finally caught up with her.