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Old 01-17-2014, 11:45 AM
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Congress controls the purse strings?...Oh that's so old and Constitutional...Who needs that?...

Obama weighing executive action on minimum wage hike

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President Obama is considering using his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, he told Senate Democrats during a closed meeting at the White House.

Lawmakers present at the Wednesday night session said Thursday that Obama did not bring up the matter himself, but appeared receptive to the idea when questioned on the topic.

“The issue was raised,” Sen. Barbra Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday. “He said he was looking at it, as he looks at everything else.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who was also in attendance, offered a similar account and said he has heard from members of the president’s staff that he is seriously considering executive action on the measure.

Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing for an across-the-board hike in the minimum hourly wage, from $7.25 to $10.10. But Republicans are cool to the plan, warning it could hurt the economy.

Federal contractors represent only a fraction of the nation’s employees. Businesses that together received more than $446 billion in federal contracts employ some 2 million workers, only some of whom are paid the minimum wage.

Still, an increase for that segment of the workforce could generate momentum toward a raise for all workers now paid the lowest amount allowable by law.

Proponents of the plan say Obama need not wait for Congress to pass legislation. Sanders and Boxer were among 15 senators who sent a letter to Obama in September, urging him to set a minimum-wage preference for private companies doing business with the federal government.

An executive order to that effect would be tantamount to setting a minimum wage for federal contractors, they said.
So if two companies are bidding on a federal contract, Obama will go with the one that pays more because he made a UNILATERAL decision that the taxpayers should shill out more of their money...
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He actually has this power under the law. I know most of you on the right don't like it but a simple fact as precedent was pretty came under the Davis Bacon Act on government run programs.
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So if two companies are bidding on a federal contract, Obama will go with the one that pays more because he made a UNILATERAL decision that the taxpayers should shill out more of their money...
It's been pointed out time and time again.
With minimum wage employers, tax-payers are already shilling out money to provide assistance to the low wage employees.
For example: http://www.ilsr.org/new-study-finds-...ost-taxpayers/
The study, “Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs,” found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by.
How much the federal contractors are culpable for? Admittedly unknown and would vary per company
But let's not pretend it doesn't exist...
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So the government, who is over 17 trillion in the hole and proven they suck at making intelligent business decisions, wants to stick their snout into the free market and dictate wages?

I have a bad feeling about this. This is like Willie Nelson comin' over to your house to give tax advice.
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It's been pointed out time and time again.
With minimum wage employers, tax-payers are already shilling out money to provide assistance to the low wage employees.
For example: New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers | Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The study, “Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs,” found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by.
How much the federal contractors are culpable for? Admittedly unknown and would vary per company
But let's not pretend it doesn't exist...
Whatever the case may be when it comes to federal contractors, I'd prefer that my tax dollars go to wages for working, and not welfare.
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It's been pointed out time and time again.
With minimum wage employers, tax-payers are already shilling out money to provide assistance to the low wage employees.
For example: New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers | Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The study, “Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs,” found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by.
How much the federal contractors are culpable for? Admittedly unknown and would vary per company
But let's not pretend it doesn't exist...
So let's shell out more, destroy some businesses, cost a bunch of people their jobs and increase what we're spending on welfare. All to buy more votes from the young demographic that is getting hit the hardest by the ACA and deciding to stay home in November. Nice to see that you support the purchasing of votes by your elected officials.
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So the government, who is over 17 trillion in the hole and proven they suck at making intelligent business decisions, wants to stick their snout into the free market and dictate wages?

I have a bad feeling about this. This is like Willie Nelson comin' over to your house to give tax advice.
...and smoking all your weed while he's there.
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Whatever the case may be when it comes to federal contractors, I'd prefer that my tax dollars go to wages for working, and not welfare.
..and when raising the MW costs jobs and puts more people on welfare, the net end result will be more tax money getting paid out for less results.
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Whatever the case may be when it comes to federal contractors, I'd prefer that my tax dollars go to wages for working, and not welfare.
I would prefer my tax dollars going to the lowest bidder capable of doing the job, preferably a US company.

If the Obmacare web site taught us nothing else, it should have taught us that government has no expertise and no business making market decisions.
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..and when raising the MW costs jobs and puts more people on welfare,
We haven't yet established that it would cause this sort of effect in the job market, we're not at "when" over here. What is true though is that keeping the minimum wage as anemically low as it is right now, does put people on welfare.
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