Nate Jackson / Apr. 17, 2015

No ‘Equal Pay’ for Michelle Obama?

So-called income inequality has been and will continue to be a “war on women” theme for Democrats, who know little else but pitting one bitter constituency against a better off one. This time, Barack Obama is complaining that his wife isn’t paid well enough. “Let me tell you, now, Michelle would point out first ladies get paid nothing,” he said. “So there’s clearly not equal pay in the White House when it comes to her and me. But before we were in the White House, I wanted to make sure Michelle got paid as much as she could. I want a big paycheck for Michelle. That wasn’t a women’s issue. If she had a bigger paycheck, that made us able to pay the bills. Why would I want my spouse or my daughter discriminated against? That doesn’t make any sense.”

There are perfectly legitimate reasons for most of the slight income inequality that does exist, but it’s also not nearly the problem Democrats want you to believe. Not to mention “first lady” isn’t a paid or elected position. More to the point, Obama’s bill-paying sob story must be a reference to Michelle’s stint as vice president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she earned a salary of more than $300,000 in 2005 alone and nearly $900,000 between 2004 and 2008. We’d say that falls outside the experience of most middle-class Americans. But next thing you know, they’ll be telling us they, too, left the White House “dead broke.”

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