If what Joe said was true then there is no further discussion to be had.
Based on all the signaling, suggestions, and other symbolism from this administration it was only a matter of time before we would hear about the mythical gender pay gap. Today is the ”official’’ Equal Pay Day, which marks the fabricated point on the calendar that women supposedly have to work up to in order to earn a male’s salary from the previous year. To celebrate this auspicious date President Biden invited the loudest of cranks on the subject to the White House, female soccer star Megan Rapinoe.
The speech started off with Jill Biden recanting a story of starting her career as a teacher and encountering pay disparity right out of the gate. (Jill’s teaching career is beginning to approach that of John Kasich’s mailman father as far as compulsory vocational political anecdotes go.) Dr. Jill says when she began her job she earned 75% as much as a male who started along with her. She gives no further details; frankly, this sounds like a matter of her union doing a piss poor job, but the Bidens will never slander the labor leaders.
Jill also mentioned how the pandemic allegedly is widening the disparity of pay between the genders, but this is also not explained. I probably will be considered intolerant for also mentioning the teaching unions again, because those teachers are not working currently, ensuring that 60% of our students are still not back in school. But then she turned it over to Rapinoe, and things only turned more obtuse.
Megan took to the podium and ran through a litany of the tropes surrounding the pay disparity. She mentioned she knows what it is like to be in a full stadium. Well, possibly during the finals, but largely Megan you receive a lower salary because women’s sports do not draw near what men’s sports do. Not just soccer; the WNBA, professional women’s hockey, and across most of the collegiate levels women have a hard time drawing crowds.
As Megan Rapinoe met with Biden yesterday she was still calling for equal pay, despite unequal returns on performance.
Note, during her kneeling, the stark lack of fans in the stands as she expects the women's teams to be paid the same. pic.twitter.com/gn0U69jr96
— Brad Slager- Tavernus Bourbonicus Neanderthal (@MartiniShark) March 25, 2021
She then displayed her ignorance with this delivery.
“I’ve been disrespected and dismissed because I am a woman. I’ve been told that I don’t deserve any more than less because I am a woman. Despite all the wins, I’m still paid less than men who do the same job that I do.”
You may do the same job, but you do not get the same results — and I am not talking about titles here, but the revenue. Otherwise, if this were solely about the trophies she could claim the same salary as the NFL Super Bowl champions. The payouts are determined by the generated returns from tickets purchased, ratings delivered, and sponsorships attracted. The women’s team is simply not the same draw. Yet Rapinoe is doing something else; she’s lying. The US Soccer Federation has shown that through various payment structures the women’s team received more payouts than the men. They also have health benefits and a retirement plan, things not afforded the men. So the mewling about fairness and equality is all rather daft.
She then turned things over to President Biden and things did not become any more clear. He informed us that one of the first things they did when he took office with President Obama was pass a law regarding equal pay for the genders. And yet — here we are, 12 years later, still complaining about the very same issue? This is because, as has been noted over the years, the pay disparity is due to numerous factors, most involving personal choice and not due to institutional unfairness.
Then the President completely unraveled the entire argument with what sounds like a boilerplate declaration. “There’s not a single thing a man can do that a woman can’t do as well or better. Not a single thing.” Well then, let’s play this out, shall we? If the women can play as well, or better, then why do they participate in a segregated league? Why does Megan play in a females-only arrangement, when she can compete directly with men in the sport? If the President’s words hold true then Megan and her teammates would be on the same rosters as the men and receiving those same salaries. But, as Dave Rubin noted, there seems to be a bit of a difference regarding the results between the genders.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) March 24, 2021
But who has time for facts and reality when dealing with emotional outrage? It is probably patriarchal of those like myself who insist on looking at the data and the results.