Obama doubles down on minimum wage; GOP still zeroed in on Obamacare

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February 23, 2014

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For the second week in a row, President Obama used his weekly address to push for a hike in the nation’s minimum wage while Republicans tried to keep Obamacare — and the negative effects of it — front and center.

The dueling strategies are a reflection of the paths both sides are likely to take heading into the crucial midterm elections, with the White House pushing its income-equality agenda and the president painting himself as an ally of the middle class.

Republicans, on the other hand, are intent on keeping the focus on the president’s signature health-care reform law in the hopes its fallout will hurt Democrats in the fall.
In his address, Mr. Obama again called on Congress to pass legislation raising the national minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25; he’s already signed an executive order to that effect for all federal contractors.

The president also said Congress should follow the lead of private companies such as Gap, Inc., which voluntarily have increased employees’ salaries.

“Right now, there’s a bill before Congress that would boost America’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. That’s easy to remember — ten-ten. That bill would lift wages for more than 16 million Americans without requiring a single dollar in new taxes or spending,” the president said. “But even though a majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans across the country support raising the minimum wage, Republicans in Congress don’t want to give it a vote.

  • Linda Dawson

    higher pay is not going to help if the unaffordable healthcare act is going to slam you for making more money. This is only going to cause full time jobs to be replaced with part time jobs or disappear entirely as small businesses go under.

  • Brer_Rabbit

    Don’t trust democrats or republicans that say that they want to decrease unemployment or raise the minimum wage that also support legalization for illegal immigrants. Those with wages below $10.10 are in competition with unskilled foreign legal and illegal labor. If legal immigration for low skilled workers was cut and illegal aliens were prevented from taking these jobs, by a national enforced E-Verify program, this labor market would tighten up and wages would rise due to supply and demand.

    Those that want to raise the minimum wage while still flooding the unskilled labor market with cheap foreign labor are hypocrites. Those who don’t want to raise the minimum wage but still continue to flood the unskilled labor market with immigrants are also hypocrites and just as bad, because their interest is in obtaining cheap labor at the expense of American workers.

    • dolor

      I agree, also this goverment needs to fix the mess they have caused in this country and its finacial woes, first. Then we can talk about a wage increase, when we are all feeling a little more comfortable. Soon the middle class will be gone. There will be the rich and the poor.

  • Jerry Rowden

    When I prayed for a good crop, God sent me a hoe, shovel and strength.
    When the 37% ask for a good crop, their somehow entitled to my crop, free.

    The rise in food stamp recipients is absolutely insane.
    We need jobs Mr. President, not more Government handouts.
    There are people who truly need help and should get it. Jobs,jobs,jobs.

    • I Seigel

      The rise in the number of billionaires is absolutely insane.
      We need jobs, Mr Boehner and Mr McConnell and Mr Cruz, like you promised with your “laser-like focus” during the last election. Not more Republican obsession with Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.
      Jobs, jobs, jobs.

  • Jerry Rowden

    I don’t trust Obama one bit. He’s a wolf in sheeps clothing.
    The minimum wage should increase (annually) at the rate of inflation.

    • ray

      Good idea, but remember that the rate of inflation does not include things like food and fuel for cars. Both those have risen drastically over the past few years. Without the increase in the minimum wage have you not noticed that the price of a meal at any given restaurant has gone up over the past three years by about 30%. That’s the increase in the price of groceries and fuel not included in the inflation calculation. Once again trickery and deceit by the govt. Couple that with interest rates being held near zero for 5 or more years and you start to see the tip of the iceburg

      • Jerry Rowden

        Ray, I stand corrected. My Social Security increase was one and a half %. A slap in the chops if you ask me. Somehow those who work hard deserve a raise too.

  • ray

    Obama was awarded 4 pinocchioes for his lie about health insurance, period.
    Obama was awarded 3 pinocchioes for his lie about the number of ObamaDontCare sign ups, period. Since this award was awarded by the left leaning Washington Post we know it is true, period. If fact, this was the Lie of The Year as awarded by the media.

    Since Obama is a proven liar, the primary question is – If he was lying then, is he lying now? Once the trust is broken all bets are off, he is a proven liar, period, as he would say.

    In this case everyone knows and recognizes that if you raise the minimum wage there will be less people hired in those businesses like Burger King when the minimum wage is paid. Additionally Obama wants to legalize another 10 million or so illegals so they can pass the E-Verify to compete for those jobs. Wake up America. This man will destroy the country unchecked.

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