27 Responses

  1. Joseph Greenwood says:

    I believe that within both arguments there is a fallacy. Are every single person in the study equal as far as education, experience, etc.? If not, than who cares about any gap.

  2. morganovich says:

    i fear that the political caveat of our time (if we are being honest) is:

    “i am a low information voter, and i am confused by this message”

  3. greenblue says:

    I fail to see why Dr. Perry claiming that discrimination isn’t a factor in the wage gap makes any more sense than the Administration claiming that it is a factor. The real story — the only story — that can be drawn from the numbers presented in this piece is that White House’s pay gap is smaller than that for the economy in general. Big deal. Such analyses are a waste of time and add nothing to the wage gap conversation.

    • Greg says:

      “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

    • Citizen Buddy says:

      greenblue thus concedes that income disparity is very evident in the leftist WH — but not a “Big deal”.

    • The White House gender wage gap is 2X the average 5.2% wage gap for the DC area.

      • greenblue says:

        Great! Then both the White House and the DC area in general score better than average. That’s what I would expect — and I say that without knowing which job categories are included in the DC numbers and which are not. You know, Dr. Perry, I can excuse a Washington Post reporter for finding a large degree of policy relevance in the WH numbers, but an economist with a PhD? And, I’m saying that as a fellow economist with more than 30 years experience analyzing statistics for the federal government.

        • Fine, I’ll stop writing about the gender pay gap at the White House when Obama stops his pay gap hypocrisy – telling us how unfair the national pay gap is and proposing new legislation, when he’s got his own pay gap at the White House.

        • givemefreedom says:

          greenblue: And, I’m saying that as a fellow economist with more than 30 years experience analyzing statistics for the federal government.

          You say you are an economist and you may have 30 years analyzing stats but you definitely have a reading comprehension and logical reasoning problem. Many posters here have explained to you that Dr. Perry’s posts on this topic are meant to highlight the hypocrisy of this administration.

          greenblue:I can excuse a Washington Post reporter for finding a large degree of policy relevance in the WH numbers, but an economist with a PhD?

          I would think that the last thing Dr. Perry cares about is whether you can excuse him for his posts. If you are an economist, as you say, then there is no excuse for the lack of understanding displayed in your posts.

          Do you understand what hypocrisy is?

        • mesaeconoguy says:

          A few things:

          You clearly do not understand Mark’s postings on this topic. Go read them again.

          30 years government experience? I wouldn’t go broadcasting that too loudly. You’re apparently responsible for the disastrous state of affairs we now find ourselves in, because you made a hash of your job. You are the problem.

          Mark is providing an exceptional service exposing not only the hypocrisy of this administration, but also their blatant and violent economic ignorance in matters of income mobility, and economic growth.

          The fact that you are unable to properly digest this information, and reach the appropriate logical conclusion – that this administration and its leader are dangerous economic ignoramuses – demonstrates a complete lack of both intelligence and general awareness on your part. You apparently share their willful ignorance.

          It is completely unsurprising that you would work for government, given your massive ignorance. We can only wonder what else you are fully unable to grasp.

          • greenblue says:

            Feel better?

          • mesaeconoguy says:

            Substantive leftist reply.

            Why would I feel better?

            The fact that morons like you are in government should scare the living shit out of everyone.

          • mesaeconoguy says:

            Oddly enough, you sound like a mindless government drone, which you are.

            I think Mark has his own Godwin’s law about brainless asshats who invoke Fox News.

            I couldn’t care less if you’re offended, idiot.

          • mesaeconoguy says:

            I’m sure you do, drone.

            He can do whatever he wants with his blog.

            Admonishing Mark for providing economic insight while attempting to bolster your credentials using 30 years of failure is hilarious, and tragic.

          • Givemefreedom says:

            Greenblue,

            Mesa could never call you a worse name than you called yourself: a 30 year government employee who analyzed stats.

  4. givemefreedom says:

    greenblue: I fail to see why Dr. Perry claiming that discrimination isn’t a factor in the wage gap makes any more sense than the Administration claiming that it is a factor.

    Have you actually read Dr. Perry’s posts on this issue? Or have you just glossed over them?

    Dr. Perry has not claimed anything about why there is a gap in the pay of Whiteh House staffers. All he has done is point out that there is one. His statement was that even in Obama’s own staff there is a wage gap and it is hypocritical of Obama to claim discrimination in the country at large when the gap exists in the White House.

    When the response from the president’s respresentatives was that there are many factors that affect the wages of males/females and the White House wage gap is not because of discrimination, Dr. Perry posted that those many factors are also relevant in the country as a whole and not just the White House. So for Obama to continue claiming that the gap in the country as a whole is due to discrimination is hypocritical.

    You can’t have it both ways, claiming that the gap in your own office is due to many other factors and is not discrimination but that the gap in the rest of country is due to discrimination, this is hypocritical.

  5. greenblue says:

    Well educated people work in the White House. I doubt anyone who is smart enough to get a job in the Administration would claim that the wage gap is entirely attributable to discrimination.

    I commented on Dr. Perry’s work six months ago. My opinion hasn’t changed. Studying the White House wage gap isn’t the best use of his time. There are more useful things to study.

    • Ron H. says:

      greenblue

      Do you really not understand this issue, or are you just a poor reader? Forget about the wage gap, the issue is big-time Presidential hypocrisy. That’s something we should all be concerned about.

    • mesaeconoguy says:

      Well educated people work in the White House.

      Good one.

      No, they’re not “well-educated” at all, and I contend that most are extremely limited in their mental capacity. All of them are highly economically ignorant.

    • Paul says:

      I commented on Dr. Perry’s work six months ago. My opinion hasn’t changed. Studying the White House wage gap isn’t the best use of his time. There are more useful things to study.

      Translation:”Stop pointing out my boyfriend’s rampant demagoguery!”

    • juandos says:

      greenblue says: ““…

      Hmmm, OK so where is the Kenyan Kommie Klown’s regime hiding these allegedly ‘well educated‘ people?

      I wonder which one of those well educated people though this would be a good idea?

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