It’s become an annual tradition for the Colorado State Senate to call for equal treatment of women. But this year there’s a twist: The resolution will condemn the Obama White House for paying female staffers significantly less than male staffers.
Federal records show the average male in the Obama Administration makes $71,000 per year, whereas the average female staffer makes $60,000 per year.
But Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, offered an amendment that noted female staffers in the White House earn an average of 18 percent less than male staffers. The pay disparity was the subject of recent news reports and has been circulated widely among conservatives.
“I think that is unacceptable,” Brophy said.
But Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, a co-sponsor of the resolution, urged fellow Democrats to accept the amendment.
“As soon as Michelle (Obama) finds out about it, they (female staffers) will all be in good shape,” Aguilar said.
The amendment passed with 15 Republicans and nine Democrats in favor and 11 Democrats opposed.
For the record, I think Aguilar is being a little naive. Michelle Obama knows female staffers around her are making less. She doesn’t care. The White House could pay female staffers more, but then Michelle would have to cut back on her luxury vacations on the taxpayer dime. And she’s not going to do that.
Besides, even if the administration suddenly moves to fix the disparity it’d be nothing more than a political reaction. They’d be temporarily responding to public demand — not changing the long-term culture that made such disparity acceptable even in the most left-wing administration in history. So who cares?