Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Yet another ridiculous study pops up, purporting to show how mothers should be paid some outrageously high salary. This one even comes with a link to a salary calculator.

Unfortunately -- as you might imagine -- there is no explanation available as to how exactly these "salaries" are calculated. Nor is it explained how a mother manages to qualify as a psychologist (other than amateur), a facilities manager, or a CEO.

Indeed, most people could claim that their job entails quite a number of rather esoteric functions. Some time back, The Old Sarge noted that he should qualify as a babysitter, mediator, groundskeeper, management consultant, and systems analyst. Given that, his paycheck would have to be at least triple what it was.

It's always intriguing, of course, when people with a political agenda make these sorts of wild-eyed claims without revealing any of their raw data or methods of calculation.


At 7:38 PM, May 03, 2006, Blogger Galt-In-Da-Box said...

Sounds like more feminist-"living wage" bullcrap.

At 6:06 AM, May 13, 2006, Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Yup. You know what they say: "Figures don't lie, but liars figure".

At 7:04 AM, May 31, 2006, Blogger white trash republican said...

I think it's just to make the stay at homes feel even more crappy about their choice.
("See?! This is what you COULD have been making, what wasted potential!")
But in order to garner such wages, one would have to be an expert in each individual field. A Mom can't do that. We are a jill of all trades and a true master of none, we just do what we can do to keep the household going...and hope our kids turn out alright.

I ain't falling for the thinly veiled 'class envy' stunt.

At 8:35 AM, May 31, 2006, Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Good for you. The highest rewards of motherhood cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Which is maybe why there's so much effort being expended to wipe it out.


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