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Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage



Published: Tue, January 28, 2014 @ 9:57 a.m.

Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address today to announce he’s raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats’ hopes for gains in Congress. Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress will be wrapped in a unifying theme: The federal government can play a key role in increasing opportunities for Americans who have been left behind, unable to benefit from a recovering economy.


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1JS(460 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

-FACT OR FICTION-

STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE

My fellow Americans. As you know global warming has been defeated and the North Pole has

been saved. Winter sports can now be enjoyed in most of the states many months of the year.

This has been accomplished by a heroic mission of dispersing aluminum flake in orbit over

the North Pole to shield it from the harmful rays of the sun. The efforts of our space

program have paid off. Summer temperatures will now be cool, comfortable and springlike with

an occasional snowstorm. Until more greenhouses are built to grow food we will be importing

food from Kenya under a mutual aid pact. Tourists coming here for winter sports will be our

main industry.

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2JoeFromHubbard(876 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Forcing businesses to pay more for wages than the prevailing market will decrease the number of available jobs.

But, that's the Obama way, dictating and interfering with a free market economy ultimately destroying the resultant prosperity it has brought this country.

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3Dagwood(108 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Hooray more unemployment. Forrest Gump would be a better leader for this country than Barry. Raising the min. wage will only increase the costs for employers therefore limiting there hiring and decreasing their spending. Consumers will be affected because suppliers will have to increase the prices of their products to make up for the shrinking profits due to employment costs.

Why does this administration continue to reward the least deserving?

"Are you stupid or something?"

Obama: "Stupid is as stupid does sir"

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4eivo(1455 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The Liar can do what he wants, but if Boehner allows this to come to a vote in the House, I will no longer support him and actively work for whoever his challenger is in the Republican primaries.

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576Ytown(1153 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Double edge sword. Raising the minumum wage means the working poor may lose welfare benefits creating more out of pocket cost. Small and mid size businesses that can't afford the higher wages will cut back. Note: hidden wages include employer federal, state and social secutity taxes, health and workers comp benefits which also go up.

The POTUS wants to raise the minimum wage for govt. contract employees. So very generous of him. Who pays for that? We do!

Our focus needs to be on middle class jobs to allow people opportunity for advancement and independence. Unfortunately our middle class is been eroded from the top down and from the bottom up in recent years.

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