Equal Pay? Acta non Verba Senator Obama
Senator Obama is accusing Senator McCain (via this ad, for instance) of not being for equal pay for equal work (specifically as it concerns woman and men). This is based on John McCain’s opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Legislation is fine, Senator Obama, but what about putting your policy position into practice?
“Barack Obama says he’s for equal pay for women, but women working in his Senate office earn an average of $9,000 less than men. By contrast, women in John McCain’s Senate office actually earn an average of nearly $2,000 more than men. The American people understand that real leadership for the change we need is all about what you do, not just empty words.” — McCain-Palin spokesman Brian Rogers
The Boston Globe tries to spin this:
The study that McCain’s campaign cites, however, notes that a major reason for the disparity is that McCain has more women in senior, higher-paid positions — not that women are being paid less than men for the same job.
So, let me get this straight. To follow the Globe’s line of reasoning: just because Senator McCain has more top-level–and thus higher-paid–women campaign staffers than Senator Obama doesn’t mean that Senator McCain necessarily supports equal opportunity and equitable pay for women. I guess he just makes it look that way by his actions.