President Obama declared today National Equal Pay Day, as he called for equal pay for equal work between men and women. The day is designed to call attention to his campaign talking points, and chiefly to honor his own accomplishments on women's economic issues.
"I call upon all Americans to recognize the full value of women's skills and their significant contributions to the labor force, acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination, and join efforts to achieve equal pay," Obama said in the declaration. Certainly, women's work (in and out of the home, as Hilary Rosen had to admit) is very significant and wage discrimination is unjust. But this declaration is about getting Obama reelected, and nothing else.
The declaration summarizes the same Lilly Ledbetter Act legislating equal pay that the president mentions in every campaign fundraiser, and it comes a week after the Obama campaign tried to argue that Mitt Romney doesn't support equal pay for women because one of his staffers didn't know what the act does.
Lest there be any doubt about today's exercise of presidential authority, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., "celebrate[d] National Equal Pay Day" by attacking Romney. "It is shocking and disappointing that in this day and age Mitt Romney and Republicans aren’t willing to stand up for working women across America who on average earn just 77 cents on the dollar," she said in a statement.
Romney has said he supports equal pay, but Lilly Ledbetter doesn't support him. They rolled out a statement condemning Romney for his staffer's ignorance about the Lilly Ledbetter Act and featured Ledbetter in a video attacking Romney and praising the president.
In the video, Ledbetter says "this is not Republican and it's not Democrat." But Obama and Wasserman Schultz want so very badly for women to believe otherwise, and so the president is using his authority to declare national days in order to praise himself and help Wasserman Schultz perpetuate the "Republican War on Women" meme that the DNC thinks is so profitable.