I was wondering how many readers of the Daily Republic watched the president’s State of the Union Address the other night. Did anything he said stand out?
Well for me, there were a couple of things, the first being the same old, tired rhetoric about income equality and raising the minimum wage. He said that the federal minimum wage is worth 20 percent less today than when President Reagan was in office. Could it be worth less today because we have a much larger federal debt at about $17.3 trillion, compared to when President Reagan was in office?
He also went on to say that raising the federal minimum wage would help small business. People would have more money to spend, that is if you were able to keep your job because small business would have to raise their prices and/or lay people off to stay in business. This raise in the minimum wage would only be for new federal contract workers. It would only start when the government awards new contracts. So tell me, how would that help everyone else.
The second and the most troubling thing for me was when he said that he would sidestep Congress whenever and wherever necessary to narrow economic disparities between America’s rich and poor. So President Obama wants to forget about the Constitution. You know, the three branches of government thing: the executive (president), legislative (Senate and the House of Representatives) and judicial (Supreme Court and lower courts). This is that pesky checks-and-balance thing this president does not like.
He wants to do what only he wants to do and let’s forget about the Constitution.