I think it is generally good advice to keep Mark Twin in mind when you read newspapers. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”  This quote is applicable to the latest “news” headline from the Times Picayune. “Worst state for women? Liberal group says it’s Louisiana.”  Really? Before we round up all Louisiana’s male chauvinist pigs and fleece them for the 23% of wages they are alleged to be denying the state’s women-folk, maybe we should check the The Center for American Progress’s facts.
It turns out that the story’s marquee statistic “women only earn 77% of what men earn” is not a statistic at all. I won’t bore you with the details of why, but I will tell you that researchers at Stanford conducted the same study 2 years ago and concluded that the “gender pay gap” has been whittled down to a mere 9%  and even that doesn’t take into account career choices of occupation and industry.
The study praises the “Best states” for women to live: Vermont, Maryland and California. That’s funny, the Tax Foundation ranks states by tax burden heaped on their women (and men’s) shoulders and breaks the results down into quintiles. The first quintile has the lowest tax burden, the fifth quintile the highest. Our 3 champion feminist states rank in the highest quintile  while lowly, gender-gapped Louisiana is in the top 5? I couldn’t find the term “tax burden” in Progress or the Picayune’s “report”. We don’t need parasitic, non-profit researchers to tell us that cost of living in LaPlace is a lot less than La Jolla yet there’s no mention of that in the “report.”
The members of Gal Queda that put out this demagoguery don’t check their 30 year old facts but they have funding goals to meet that rely on working women’s continued misery but what’s the local fish wrap’s excuse?
 Twain, Mark, Tom Sawyer, Detective, 1918, appendix