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Obama Orders Overtime Pay For Salaried Work

From a cheering New York Times:

Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and STEVEN GREENHOUSE | March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.

Really? This is something a President can do with his phone and pen? Who knew? Hell, why doesn’t Obama just quit fooling around and order all businesses to hire more people and to pay them a nice living?

On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.

Which means that "several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians" are going to be losing their jobs. And fewer of them will be hired in the future. But never mind. Nobody will notice before the midterms.

Mr. Obama’s decision to use his executive authority to change the nation’s overtime rules is likely to be seen as a challenge to Republicans in Congress, who have already blocked most of the president’s economic agenda and have said they intend to fight his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25…

Oh, if Obama is doing it because Congress won’t raise the minimum wage, then it’s okay.

Mr. Obama’s authority to act comes from his ability as president to revise the rules that carry out the Fair Labor Standards Act, which Congress originally passed in 1938. Mr. Bush and previous presidents used similar tactics at times to work around opponents in Congress…

So why doesn’t the NYT cite some examples of previous Presidents doing this? (Hint: probably because no President has ever done this before. Unless they acted during a time of war.)

The proposed new regulations would increase the number of people who qualify for overtime and continue Mr. Obama’s fight against what he says is a crisis of economic inequality in the country…

And never mind that it will drive up the cost of doing business across the board. Which means higher prices, which will hurt ‘the poor.’ And never mind that it will mean fewer people being hired, which will also hurt ‘the poor.’

And never mind that we don’t live in a banana republic. — Or do we?

The overtime action by Mr. Obama is part of a broader election-year effort by the White House to try to convince voters that Democrats are looking out for the middle class. White House officials hope the focus on lifting workers’ pay will translate into support for Democratic congressional candidates this fall…

In other words, it’s more good old fashioned Democrat vote buying. And the Democrats know there won’t be any negative consequences for them. The news media will blame the lack of hiring in the future on the weather and, of course, the Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Orders Overtime Pay For Salaried Work”

  1. Enthalpy

    What a putz.

  2. GOP response to criminal acts: “Who brought the doughnuts?”

  3. captstubby

    “losing their jobs”
    a local distribution firm announced it was laying off 60 employees.
    one of them who was employed from they start told me it will be more like 100 to get the ax,.
    she said every one of them was in the “6 years or more seniority .”
    and next year when the TIF runs out, it will close the doors.
    this is the face of what workers in the real world face .
    “drive up the cost of doing business…”
    or maybe the firm are just as#%oles.

  4. Petronius

    1. Perhaps Mr Pen & Phone would like to start a bit closer to home, say, with members of our armed forces and DoD civilian employees, all of whom are routinely expected to put in overtime gratis.

    2. “corporations that have had soaring profits” –– such as? (Trying to think of one and coming up empty….) Or maybe it depends on his definition of “soaring”?

  5. canary

    I hope he got permission from the unions to do this.


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