By Rob Roper
An analysis of senate office salaries by the Washington Free Beacon revealed that Bernie Sanders’ office boasts the worst gender pay gap in the Democratic Caucus – a whopping 47.6 percent.
This despite Sanders proclaiming in his usual bombastic way in an April 30 Op-Ed, “We are not going back to the days when it was legal for women to be paid less for doing the same work as men….” In the same piece, Sanders also called on us to “…wage a moral and political war against the gross wealth and income inequality in America…”
A statistic from the 2010 census that indicates women nationally earned .77% of what men make has been seized by Democrats as “exhibit A” in what they’re trying to convince voters is a “War on Women.” Although this number has been seriously disputed, even assuming it is accurate the gender pay gap in Sanders office is more than twice that large – something the senator would undoubtedly decry as “outrageous”… if someone else were guilty of it other than himself.
Perhaps it is this blatant level of hypocrisy combined with a transparently phony issue that has caused President Obama’s number to tank amongst women. Sanders may be the worst offender in this arena, but he’s not the only one by a long-shot. The White House itself has a rather tainted record in regard to women employees as well. According to a mid-may CBS News/New York Times poll, no less, Obama’s support among female voters dropped five points over a two month period, from 49% to 44% while Mitt Romney’s support among women rose 3% from 43% to 46%.
The big question is will Vermont women (and voters in general) continue to put up with a senator who does not practice what he preaches, and harms those whom he purports to help? Candidates John MacGovern (johnmacgovern.com) and Brooke Page are vying in the Republican primary for the privilege of running against Sanders in the 2012 election.
Bernie concluded his chest-thumping Op-Ed with, “The right-wing in this country is waging a war against women and, let me be very clear, it is not a war that we are going to allow them to win.” Well, it certainly appears that nobody’s beating Bernie in a war against women.