By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.
Upwards of ninety percent of the American electorate finds Secretary Hillary Clinton untrustworthy and what she said at a recent roundtable on equal pay in New York — in advance of the Democratic primary in New York on April 19, 2016 — shows exactly why. She has been widely reported as saying: “Some say there isn’t a gender pay gap.” … “That is just wrong. The typical woman working full time in 2014 was paid 79 percent of what men were paid.”
By contrast, an extensive economic and social science research literature shows unequivocally that Secretary Clinton’s Big Lie — that women are paid only 79 cents on the dollar for purportedly equal work — is fraudulent. A course in elementary statistical analysis would instruct that covarying the really important pay determinants — such as the number of hours worked, education, job hazard risk, job travel requirements, college major choice and occupational choice — would cause the purported gender pay gap to vanish or virtually vanish — Secretary Clinton’s “experience” notwithstanding.
For decades, Secretary Clinton and her fellow establishment Democrats successfully have pandered this Big Lie to entice women to vote for them. What appears to be different in 2016, however, is that a more enlightened and better informed electorate is beginning to look behind the curtain.
Younger voters, men, and most especially straight white men simply are not buying what Secretary Clinton is selling.
The Big Lie Technique worked well for Der Fuhrer Adolph Hitler in the 1940’s when the populace had limited access to the truth. However, in 2016 with all the internet access to honest and accurate data that the electorate has available to them, Big Lies hopefully are on their way out.
Honesty and credibility hopefully are on their way in.
Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Florida International University in Miami.
Mama’s Note: Honesty and credibility will prevail only with people who are not convinced that they can successfully live at someone else’s expense while controlling the thoughts, choices and actions of everyone around them. I suspect we have a way to go before we reach that point.
But it would seem that many of the otherwise criminally deluded are starting to realize how incredibly destructive and evil Hillary is. And that’s progress, no matter what else is going on.
My “vote” this year: None of the above.