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Obama Ups Minimum Wage For Gov’t Contractors

From the Associated Press:

Obama to raise federal minimum wage

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – … Illustrating his willingness to act on his own, the White House says Obama will announce that he will sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for new federal contracts. The measure affects only future contracts, not existing ones, and would only apply to contract renewals if other terms of the agreement changed. As a result, the order would benefit far fewer workers than the number foreseen by advocates of federal contract employees.

Notice how even the AP tries to minimize Obama’s latest outrageous executive action. No matter how you slice it, Obama is defying Congress, who are the elected representatives of the people.

If Congress had any guts, they would make Obama pay for this increase out of his own pocket. That is, they would only appropriate enough money to pay the current rate for these contractors.

Still, the issue dovetails with what will be Obama’s broader call for an increase in the national minimum wage to $10.10 and for future increases to be tied to inflation. Obama last year had called for an increase in the minimum wage to $9.

How come Obama is now calling for a bigger increase than last year? We’re constantly told by this administration that there is no inflation?

The address 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…

Yes, like those poor government contractors who have been ‘left behind’ with no opportunities. Which is why DC and its surrounding environs are suffering so.

The president will present Congress with an agenda largely unchanged from what he called for a year ago, but one that nevertheless fits neatly into this year’s economic opportunity theme. He will continue to seek an overhaul of immigration laws, an increase in the minimum wage and expanded pre-school education.

But after a year in which those proposals languished and gun control failed, the White House is eager to avoid letting Obama be defined by quixotic ambitions. As a result, he will stress success through executive actions, though their reach would be far more modest than what he could achieve through legislation…

"Success through executive actions" is a fancy way of saying ‘dictatorship.’ Lest we forget, as President, Obama’s job is not to make the laws, he is supposed to enforce them.

By the way, remember how Obama warned the Supreme Court about going against the will of the people as expressed by Congress when they were about to rule on Obama-Care back in April 2012?

The White House says the hike in minimum pay for federal contract workers would most benefit janitors and construction workers working under new federal contracts, as well as military base workers who wash dishes, serve food and do laundry…

Oddly enough, these are contract workers who are largely represented by the SEIU. What a coincidence, huh?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Ups Minimum Wage For Gov’t Contractors”

  1. Petronius

    My goodness. And here I always thought that the Constitution, and not the President, was “the Law of the Land.”

    And that Article I of the Constitution vested all legislative functions in Congress, not the president.

    But then I didn’t go to Harvard Law.

    But certainly the divine Nerobama does not propose to set himself above the law?

    What was it he said the other day? Something about “I am not a dictator”?

    But those were the good old days, before his “Pen-and-Phone” strategy.

    The Magna Carta (1215) established the principle that the laws and customs of the realm were of greater authority than the king himself, and that if the king did not observe these laws, the people reserved the right to compel his obedience to the law.

    But then I suppose they don’t teach the Magna Carta at Harvard Law.

    Of course that was then and now is now. And in the US we have “a living Constitution” (as Justice Stephen Breyer, former Harvard Law professor, so fondly calls it) that can mean whatever we want it to mean on any given day.

    Yes, we are so very fortunate to live in the Age of Obama, when words have lost all meaning.

    Note, however, that his decree is probably of no practical effect because in most cases the wages of employees on government contracts are established by labor union collective bargaining agreements. And because CBA wage rates are far higher than the paltry $10.10 minimum set by the President.

    Note also that the rules governing wages and fringe benefits of employees on Federal government contracts have already been established by acts of Congress.

    These statutes, which Nerobama here ignores, are the Service Contract Act (for service employees) and the Davis Bacon Act (for construction employees).

    These New Deal statutes probably ought to be repealed because they tend to reduce competition and drive up the cost of government contracts, since they make it rather difficult for non-union firms to win a contract.

    In any case, however, the President is without authority to override Congressional statutes which (we are always reminded) are “the Law of the Land.”

    But I guess if you’re a Harvard Law genius you can do whatever you choose, and there will always be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to uphold your choices:

    1. Stephen “Living Document” Breyer
    2. Elena “Little Boots” Kagan
    3. Sonia “the Shredder” Sotomayor
    4. Ruth Bader-Meinhof Ginsburg

    And a timely warning to Chief Justice John “Yellow Streak” Roberts should assure a fifth vote in order that the Constitution and laws continue to mean whatever the divine Nerobama says they mean. Period.


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