Updated April 2, 2019
Liberal politicians and celebrity activists have once again climbed the battered stairways to their weathered soapboxes in misguided disgust toward conservatives.
It would do these impulsive metronomes a self-service to install mirrors on their righteous platforms. Over the course of the last four decades, the wage disparity between men and women has seen the greatest closure during republican administrations.
Jimmy Carter left office with women’s wages at 60.2% of men, the same as it was when he took office. No growth in four years. Ronald Reagan inherited Carter’s failed attempts to close that margin, and by the time he left office in 1988 the disparity had improved 5.8% to 66%.
George H.W. Bush would further that progress by 4.8% in just four years, leaving the disparity at 70.8% in 1992. Bill Clinton would close the decade with trivial 2.5% growth, improving the wage gap to only 73.3% when he left office in 2000.
The administration of George W. Bush, through war and a looming depressive economy, would still manage to leave a substantial mark in the area of equal pay, improving it by 3.8%. When Bush left office in 2008, the disparity had narrowed to 77.1%.
Barack Obama would find himself having eight years to animate the ringing of hands and promises of change to better the plight of equal pay. Furthermore, his Administration would enact the first new legislation toward the cause in more than 45 years. His promises fell mostly limp, seeing only 3.4% growth for women, closing his presidency at 80.5%.
Over 40 years, the progressive administrations of Carter, Clinton, and Obama were only able to close the wage gap by an unimpressive 5.9% in their 20 combined years in office.
By contrast, the conservative administrations of Reagan, Bush, & Bush closed the wage disparity by 14.4% over the combined 20 years of their administrations.
There’s another side to this manufactured hysteria by Democrats that gets little mention. Two legislations to the matter are already on the books. The Equal Pat Act of 1963 was produced and passed by majority-Democrats in both the Senate & the House. It was signed into law by a Democratic President, JFK.
Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was produced and passed by majority-Democrats in both the Senate & the House. It was signed into law by a Democrat President, BHO.
Are Democrats merely perpetuating their virtue signaling, or are they admitting that both of their previous attempts at this failed? They surely have not produced results, at least not at the hands of the Democrats.
The chants of wage inequality are legitimate, but the scapegoating is displaced and dishonest. Republicans have more than doubled the progress toward income equality than their Democrat counterparts.
Democrats and their unhinged celebrity activists have done more to fuel the flames of a false narrative than they have to bring results to their cause. Perhaps they could take a lesson from conservatives, who are results-driven and value critical thought over emotional arguments that are impulsive, inaccurate, and counterproductive.
Mostly, the argument of democrats is just flat untrue.
The data in this blog was compiled from the National Committee on Pay Equity, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.