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Obama tips his hand in annual speech

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From page A8 | February 09, 2014 |

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.

Rudolph Madronich

Fairfield

Letter to the Editor

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  • Tax PayerFebruary 09, 2014 - 5:18 am

    That is why impeachment proceedings should be in full effect but folks are scared they will be called racists.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 09, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Rudy, I am also against raising the minimum wage and that's where we part ways here. You should do some studying about the whole "sidestepping" thing. You will be surprised to learn how many and how often all (but one, and that’s only because he died a month after taking office) president’s used Executive Orders. You should also develop a better understanding of the Constitution your Part y certainly hasn’t avoided the temptation of subverting it.

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  • G-ManFebruary 09, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Nobody"s questioning presidential authority re: exec orders..it's when those orders are meant to circumvent Congress or to amend passed legislation that problems arise..a president can't unilaterally change or amend a law..but no biggie..executive orderers don't carry the weight of law not even the weight of regulations which in effect ARE laws...the next president can simply undo them... .

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  • Rudolph MadronichFebruary 09, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    CD this is not about what other Presidents have done in the past this is about what President Obama said about how he would bypass congress whenever and wherever to get what he wants and that is what is scary about the road he is taking this country down. Try as you may you can not defend this.

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  • Mike KurchibullFebruary 09, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Load of Kurchibull!

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  • Mr. PracticalFebruary 09, 2014 - 7:21 am

    In spite of passing a minimum wage increase last year that caps at $10 in 2016, Steinberg and Leno introduced another bill this week that would raise it to $12 in 2016 and index it for inflation annually starting in 2018. At the historical average inflation (3.3 percent), the minimum wage would nearly double in the next 20 years. A bill were also submitted that would mandate a business owners paid sick leave policy. The worst of all is a bill that would allow employees to have a lien filed against the employers real and personal property in a wage dispute, without regard to validity and without due process. Basically, the employee can go to the state, tell them that the owner owes them wages and ask for a lien to be filed on the business owners house. The state sends the employer a letter giving 20 days notice of the lien.

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  • The MisterFebruary 09, 2014 - 7:40 am

    If Obama says the Constitution no longer applies, then who are we to say it does?

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  • G-ManFebruary 09, 2014 - 8:22 am

    We the People>>.comes to mind

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  • Save AmericaFebruary 09, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Put all registered democrats in concentration camps!

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  • Puddin TaneFebruary 09, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    Soooo conservatives compare Obama to Adolf, and your solution is to send democrats to the camps? I'd say the irony is lost on you.

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  • TiredFebruary 09, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    He is so distrusted by congress (and 51% of Americans) that nothing will get done until he leaves office.The way he bypassed congress and made changes to OBAMA care with out consulting lawmakers in those changes is not something you do as a leader in a polarized political arena. Unfortunately immigration reform will take a backseat because the President has built such a distrust with congress we the people will suffer as a result." Yes we can" has turned into "no we cant because of them"..

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  • Obama is a Colossal Fraud!February 09, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    1. If you like your health coverage and your doctor..you can keep them! 2.Raising the debt ceiling..doesn't increase the Nation's debt. 3. The Government isn't spying on Americans...The NSA admits to willful violations of the privacy of Americans. 4. The IRS isn't targeting Americans affiliated to Conservative and Tea Party organizations....IRS officials refuse to testify by taking the Fifth Amendment! THIS PRESIDENT IS A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY AND NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED!

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  • G-ManFebruary 09, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    You forgot Benghazi,Fast and Furious, and his Asst Secretary of State has a potty mouth

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  • Rudolph MadronichFebruary 09, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    I can not believe it nothing to say from Mike i guess he can not defend this or try to put a spine on it.

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  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 09, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Which line would you like me to comment on?

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 09, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Or a spin, for that matter. Lol!

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  • rlw895February 09, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    Did Obama really say "that he would sidestep Congress whenever and wherever necessary to narrow economic disparities between America’s rich and poor?"

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  • rlw895February 09, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    "...whenever necessary....???"

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  • rlw895February 09, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    The answer is NO. That's what one of his opponents SAYS he said, which is why you can't trust that source. Don't any of you look this stuff up before you pile on? It simply reveals your anti-Obama bias. You should be ashamed.

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  • rlw895February 09, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    Here's what he REALLY said: "...what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do." "Wherever and whenever I can" means something quite different than "whenever necessary." It means "within the constraints of the law," for one thing. Presidential power to issue executive orders is limited, and Obama has done nothing so far that exceeds those limits. Game, set, match.

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  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 09, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Do you think anybody is paying attention?

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 10, 2014 - 6:30 am

    rlw895, THANK YOU!!!! Context is a beautiful thing. Nope, can't "spin it," but Mr. Smith and Rudy et al will do it anyway. LOVE this stuff! :)

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  • Rudolph MadronichFebruary 10, 2014 - 11:38 am

    rlw895: You liberals are always try to put your spin on the truth I quoted my source and you say it is not true. Then you ramble on as to what he said, And you failed to quote your source. You wrote So whenever and wherever i can take steps without Legislation to expand opportunity for more American families. So is taking steps to bypass legislation bypassing Congress and The House of Representatives? I guess you do not thing so but it is the Congress and House of Representatives is the Legislative branch of the Government, or do you want to forget about that and not be bothered with the constitution just like President Obama.

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  • Rudolph MadronichFebruary 10, 2014 - 11:41 am

    That also goes for you CD. What do you have to say about that.

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  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    JM, I think the point is that all Presidents have used the power of the Executive Order. Obama isn't doing anything illegal or unethical. If you want to call Obama's actions unconstitutional, you would also have to call every other President unconstitutional too, going back to George Washington. As far as the number of Executive Orders goes, the last President to issue fewer was Grover Cleveland. Relax, this is another non-issue pumped up by your fiends at Fox.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 10, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Mr. Madronich, if you could just for a moment comprehend the importance of context, you'd realize your conversation just ended. You folks accuse everyone of spinning but you haven't even processed the information properly. The source was directly from Obama's mouth, Good grief man, if you want to participate here bring the correct tools! Game. set and match rlw895.

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  • rlw895February 10, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    RM: WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? You didn't provide a source for your statement about what Obama said. Did you have one? I assumed you just "paraphrased" what Obama said to change its meaning. The "Obama opponent" I cited was YOU. My source is the public record of the actual words of Obama's speech. I looked it up online. So, no "spin" here, just truth to counter your lie. Spit away while you twist in the wind; no one is listening.

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  • JBFebruary 09, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    He is community organizer for the rich and those who subscribe to his nonsense. He has no experience and it is really showing ,because of his actions or lack there of. If the man would put forth the effort that he put into his first campaign to get elected we would all be better off. Once he got elected he really showed his true colors, he has done nothing to better this country, because he is an elitist. This country is in real trouble and I can't wait to see what comes out about this president once he leaves office. I will celebrate for sure.Can't wait till he is out of public office.

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  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 10, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    Don't worry, Fox will dream up a new villain for you to be angry at.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 10, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Perception is a wonderful attribute. Looking beyond the nonsense presented us every day and sorting through it to find the truth is rewarding. There are so many outlets providing actual unedited texts and transcripts along with unedited videos to get context and make sense of things. I am proud to say I have discovered those and practice their use with great amusement. But I’ve grown weary of the mind-numbing resistance to factual information. I’m done with the constant ignorance, the deliberately argumentative responses because somebody just can’t grasp the language. Too many people are packed in a box and have no escape plan. Not sure I could live like that? Oh well…

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 10, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    CD: Who is spinning who? Remember the dem spin about how Obamacare should do away with those health plans that people were happy with because the plans were no good anyhow? Now we are hearing that people are lucky that Obamacare is doing away with their lousy jobs that enslave them. Wake up and smell the coffee, man! Do you see a pattern here? It's called SPIN. And spin trumps context every time.

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  • rlw895February 10, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    Be careful, Mr.S, you are travelling down RM's road. That report doesn't say what you say it says.

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