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Obama Administration Promotes a Society of Helpless Victims

article by Liz Peek

Eric Holder stirred up a hornet’s nest the other day, whining to a mostly black crowd about the ill treatment he received from a Congressional Committee. Holder seemed to imply that he and President Obama have come in for rough treatment because they are black.

It was a stunning comment. This is, after all, Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States. The same Holder who grew up with two middle class parents, graduated from the elite Stuyvesant High School, went to Columbia Law School and has notched up a notable list of achievements since. His road would appear – in contrast to millions of other Americans – to have been remarkably smooth.

Note to Holder: get over it. You received no better and no worse treatment from Congress than Kathleen Sibelius, Hillary Clinton, or ex-CIA boss Mike Morrell. You got off light compared with poor Edward Liddy, who volunteered to manage a bankrupt AIG through the financial crisis for a salary of $1 a year, and received not only a mauling from the Hill for his trouble, but death threats as well. Your self-pitying (“What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”) is embarrassing.

But, it is not surprising. President Obama, for political reasons, has cultivated a culture of grievance among Americans. He tours the country convincing women that they are treated unfairly, telling them incorrectly that they’re earning only 77 cents for every dollar paid their male counterparts. Obama tells the poor that income inequality is the reason they have a hard time making ends meet, and reminds minorities that they have “not received a fair chance in life.” It is a calculated means of assembling a supportive coalition, and turning out the vote. But — it is costly to a country trying to regain its optimism and can-do spirit after a terrible recession.

Obama’s message is not only cynical, it is also mostly false. Any number of studies have shown what we have all observed in the workplace – some women do earn somewhat less than their male counterparts because many take breaks to have children, choose to work fewer hours, and often retire altogether in order to manage their home-life. The Washington Post Fact Checker says BLS data show that women who do not get married have virtually no wage gap; they earn 96 cents for every dollar a man makes.

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