Liberals have an ability to parse words, and phrases in such an exacting way as to get their desired outcome without ever needing to reference concrete facts, or data–it’s nearly supernatural. This ability has been used brilliantly by Democrats, and even more effectively by their media drones to convince the American people that the Democratic Party is the Party of the people, and that conservatives are vile, xenophobic, misogynistic trolls.
The Huffington Post is particularly, and frequently vague when it comes to things like the truth, and in one of their latest screeds, Laura Bassett smears Republican Governor Scott Walker by heavily implying that he’s a misogynist, opposed to equal pay for women. After reading her piece, I felt the need to break it down to demonstrate just how full of half-truths, and blatant lies it is. Into the gates of Hell we go.
First, Bassett tells a half-truth, you know just to get the ball rolling:
Lie #1: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) released an ad on Tuesday in which his female lieutenant governor applauds his support for equal pay for women – just two years after the governor signed a bill repealing the state’s equal pay law.”
Oh, how awful! What a monster! Who would sign a bill repealing equal pay for women? Well, he didn’t actually do that. The “law” in question (2009 Wisconsin Act 20) was an amendment to an existing law, The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA), which was added in 2009. Act 20 added to the WFEA the ability to seek punitive and compensatory damages of up to $500,000 in the event an employer was found guilty of gender discrimination. This amendment, however, was redundant, as someone suing for gender-based workplace discrimination could already file a federal suit for punitive and compensatory damages. Given that, there was no need for a state amendment which would provide the same result.
Governor Walker repealed Act 20, he did not repeal the state’s equal pay law.
Lie #2: “The law gave victims of wage discrimination more avenues through which to plead their cases in court.”
This is a deceptively worded bit designed to make it seem as though by repealing 2009 Wisconsin Act 20, Governor Walker made it more difficult for women to even plead their discrimination cases in the first place. But as I mentioned above, Act 20 had nothing to do with “more avenues to plead…cases in court,” but rather, it amended the WFEA to include punitive, and compensatory damages, which are already covered by federal law. Act 20 did not provide women with better resources, or access when seeking out a discrimination lawsuit, it simply, and redundantly gave them the ability to pursue punitive, and compensatory damages in addition to back pay, reinstatement, and legal fees.
Lie #3: Bassett includes a quote from Marcy Stech, spokesperson for EMILY’S List: “Voters are too smart to fall for these last-ditch efforts to mask Walker’s record of working against economic opportunity for women.”
In repealing Act 20, Governor Walker in no way worked against economic opportunity for women. First of all, what does that mean in the context of Act 20? It’s a phrase that’s designed to be confusing, yet somehow palatable. What it’s intended to convey is that Scott Walker is against equal pay for equal work, but it means nothing in the context of repealing Act 20. As previously stated, Act 20 was redundant, and therefore unnecessary. And because it was in fact redundant, and unnecessary, how could its repeal work against economic opportunity for women?
Lie #4: “But the equal pay law appears to have been effective. Between 2009, when the law was signed, and 2010, Wisconsin women saw a 3 percent spike in median income measured as a percentage of male earnings. In the two years the law was in place, not one pay discrimination lawsuit was filed, and Wisconsin rose from 36th to 24th in the rankings of states with the best ratio of female to male pay. By contrast, after Walker repealed the legislation in 2012, Wisconsin dropped to 25th in wage gap rankings, according to 2013 data.”
This one is more of a speculative deception than a lie, but let’s not split hairs. Think about this for just a moment. If during the two years the amendment was in place, Wisconsin’s wage disparity ranking moved up 12 places, then why, in the year after the amendment was repealed, did the ranking only drop one place? It seems to me that if the amendment was as effective as Barrett speculates, its absence would instigate a faster, and more precipitous drop. Given that, it seems that Bassett may be conflating correlation with causation.
Additionally, Act 20’s redundancy diminishes the credibility of the statistical rankings even further. Federal law already provides an outlet for punitive, and compensatory damages to be sought, so why would a redundant state law cause such a surge in the state’s wage gap rankings in the first place?
Because the evidence lacks credibility, and Act 20 is redundant, Bassett’s assertions are suspect at best and irrelevant at worst.
Finally, Basset claims that not one lawsuit was filed following the enactment of Act 20. However, according to The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, that is not true. According to the WCJC, numerous lawsuits were filed, but simply not yet completed, due to the time it takes “to go through the entire legal process.”
This is just one example of how the leftist media spins circumstances to their advantage–which is just a nice way to say that they lie. This article on The Huffington Post has been shared more than 6000 times on social media, and “liked” 25,000 times on Facebook. That means that thousands of people have read, and shared what is essentially propaganda designed to smear a Republican Governor. Thousands of people have shared in a character assassination. Yet many who read the article will cite it for years to come as an example of the alleged conservative “war on women.” This is how a lie becomes a culturally accepted truth. Articles like this piece by Laura Bassett gain credibility through those who don’t know enough to see through the lies. These people spread those lies unwittingly, and become part of a massive cultural disease.