Nancy Pelosi Bringing Class-War Roadshow to Ohio

Nancy Pelosi and other leftist luminaries at an April 2014 "Raise the Wage" Rally in DC

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will address a Tuesday, June 3 Ohio Statehouse stop on her national “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” bus tour.

The event takes its name from the House Democrats’ 2013 “economic agenda for women and families,” which Pelosi discussed at length with Center for American Progress (CAP) last September.

During her CAP speech, Pelosi thanked union bosses and abortion providers for their help pushing the Democrat agenda.

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds “fits comfortably with what CAP is doing, with what our sisters in the Senate are doing, what labor unions and others around the country are doing, in keeping with what Planned Parenthood is doing in terms of health,” Rep. Pelosi said.

Pelosi assured the deep-pocketed leftist group that hiking the federal minimum wage “affects our whole country, it affects our families, and it affects our women,” and accused House Republicans of “preying on people” by trying to cut entitlement spending.

Minority Leader Pelosi, one of the wealthiest members of Congress with an estimated net worth of more than $20 million, has invested heavily in companies whose bottom lines are impacted by the laws enacted in DC.

“Women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men,” union-funded leftist group ProgressOhio asserted last week in an announcement of the Ohio Statehouse rally. “This creates an income gap of $11,084 annually.”

The “77 cents for every dollar earned by men” canard is a frequently repeated but thoroughly debunked figure.

“The Department of Labor statistic underlying the ‘wage gap’ claim simply compares a full-time working man’s median wages with those of a full-time working woman, ignoring the many factors that affect earnings, including number of hours worked, industry, years of experience, and education, to name but a few,” explained Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) Executive Director Carrie Lukas in April 2012.

“When such information is taken into account, the wage gap shrinks, and in some cases even reverses,” Lukas added.

IWF summarized its “gender wage gap” research in a YouTube video released last spring.

Heritage FoundationAmerican Enterprise Institute, and other national center-right groups have also worked to refute the narrative that wage discrimination based on gender is a problem that demands federal action.

Although the 77 cent statistic is clearly misleading, the number is repeated by President Obama, congressional Democrats, and union bosses desperate to convince women that bigger government is vital to their success.

Federally-mandated “fair” pay for women is one front in the decades-long class warfare campaign leftists are waging with renewed vigor in an attempt to distract from the Obama Administration’s growing list of policy failures and scandals.

As The Huffington Post acknowledged last month, Pelosi’s bus tour is also meant to improve Democrat voter turnout for the upcoming November mid-term elections.