Pete Buttigieg, a graduate of Harvard and Oxford, a Rhodes scholar, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a former consultant for McKinsey whose employees are considered some of the smartest in the business, wants Congress to pass a new law requiring a “simple annual statistic” that calculates “for every dollar paid to a man, how much less was paid to a woman.” He calls this a “bold yet simple” idea which might fly for another candidate, but for the wonkiest candidate in the 2020 bunch, there’s absolutely no way he believes his own BS:

He calls his plan, mandated gender transparency:

For starters, and Buttigieg knows this, it’s not “simple” at all:

And he knows when you do any sort of legitimate statistical analysis, the pay gap all but disappears:

For example, from his alma mater:

Even some of his fans know this:

And remember when Google did this? Whoops:

What’s frustrating is that Buttigieg seemed like the type of candidate who might talk about this issue in a way without pandering to his base. But, alas:

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And we’ll keep waiting:

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