9-Year-Old and Hillary Deliberate the Gender Pay Equity Dilemma
It was just two days after Hillary Clinton dressed up in a circus tent for an unrehearsed family walk on the streets of Manhattan that she showed up in New Hampshire to stage-manage another event.
This time, it was at a town hall meeting.
Rather than exploit Bill, Marc, Chelsea, and baby Charlotte, the buzz is that Democrat toadies may have planted a 9-year-old in the audience to broach a scripted subject for Hillary to respond to. Although the boy's mother denies preparing her son, it appears as if Relic Reilly, whose twin brother's name is River, was coached to share his gender pay equity anxieties with Mrs. Clinton.
Relic was called upon, stood up, motioned toward his mother Bita, and said, "My mother, over there, is complaining that she does not get much more money than my father."
My mother is an engineer, I meant, teacher. My father is the engineer. And I think that my mother is working more harder than my ... I think my mother is working much harder, is working more harder than my father and she deserves to have more money, like, get more money, than my father. Because she's taking care of children and I just don't think it's fair.
Based on the concerns voiced by the boy, it appears as if he feels it's unfair for males who design software to earn higher salaries than females overseeing naptime at the tony Massachusetts Groton School's Cottage Children's Center.
The direction of Master Reilly's statement is not surprising because according to Kabalarian Philosophy, his unusual name describes someone who, "too often ... [looks] ... for an easy way of making money," which could explain Relic's obsession with seeing a glorified babysitter be paid an engineer's salary.
The name Relic also describes an individual who associates with people who "could influence [them] unfavorably and thereby mislead" them to do things like pretending to be worried about complex issues at micromanaged town hall meetings.
That's why, after Relic complained about gender pay inequity, his mother, who has been known to dabble in political activism, was accused of coaching her son. Mom denied any involvement but did admit that prior to coming to the town hall meeting, the family discussed what they might say to Mrs. Clinton if passed the microphone.
Then again, Relic also lives with his father Michael, a man who posted a question on social media as to whether a Republican member of Congress should be "lynched."
A release engineer at British Telecommunications, in 2013 Michael Reilly admitted on Facebook that he used to consider himself "a bit of a moderate." Then, in 2014, Michael went on rant and posted that his idea of a perfect 2016 GOP presidential candidate would be an "illegal immigrant…female, pacifistic, unemployed, homosexual, Hispanic, Muslim, alternative energy professor from the Bible Belt, living on food stamps, who had had an abortion under Obama-Care."
Now, lo and behold, 2016 is here, and out of the blue, Michael's and Bita's 9-year-old son is randomly selected to address the Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton about how gender affects pay scale differences in fields like software engineering and early childhood education.
What a coincidence!
Although well-versed in the subject, it did sound as if Relic was unaware of Hillary's pay equity motto, which is, "How do you know you're not being paid equally if you can't get information about what your work colleagues are being paid for doing the same job?"
If Relic had only asked his dad whether the female software engineers he works with, much like former Senator Clinton's female staffers, also earn 28% less than the men, the kid might have spared himself the pain of being dragged to another political event.
Either way, according to Relic, his mother feels she being unfairly compensated for running around all day wiping snotty noses and supervising finger-painting. In fact, Bita is so against everyone except herself making money that during the 2012 election, she had Relic carry a protest sign demanding that Mitt Romney release his filthy-rich tax forms.
Yet Bita doesn't seem all that concerned about Hillary charging $200,000 for a half-hour or forty-five-minute speech, which may be why Relic neglected to ask the former first lady how one woman earning $24 million in a year advances the cause of pay equity.
Moreover, while he was on the topic of closing the pay gap, on behalf of Mom and Dad, Relic really should have pressed Hillary to outline the simple game plan she and Bill used to amass almost $50 million between 2013 and mid-2015.
And then, looking ahead to his own entry-level foray into the workforce, who better than a 9-year-old boy to find out from a mom how, despite having zero experience, her daughter managed to finagle a $600,000 starting salary as a "special correspondent" at NBC?
Anyway, in response to Relic's original statement, the predictably disingenuous Hillary cackled uproariously before saying, "Oh, that is really so sweet!"
Problem is, when Hillary responded to Relic, she never mentioned her exorbitant speaking fees and didn't discuss how, as mere public servants, both she and her husband managed to amass a multi-million-dollar empire for screwing around, making excuses, and covering up.
Instead, Hillary predictably told Relic all about her support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and shared a distressing story about a man making more money on his first paycheck than his mother who was working at the same establishment, doing the same job, for four years.
After hearing such a sad story, thankfully, the thoughtful boy didn't become so upset that he required medical attention. Instead, Hillary Clinton was able to give the 9-year-old political plant a superficial retort to a staged question about a gender pay standard she spouts off about but chooses to personally ignore.
Jeannie hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com.