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  •  This is ridiculous. Blaming the President for (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicans' effort to block the increase in minimum wage? So the President and OFA's fundraising is the cause of Republican immorality and cruelty on this issue?

    Ok, when his crew is in the midst of raising billions for OFA and their PAC, theres no way in heck they're going to alienate those donors by pushing a minimum wage increase. No way.
    His "crew"? What????

    The President spoke of the minimum wage issue during the 2012 State of the Union address (Somehow according to you he really wasn't sincere). He then spoke on the issue during this year's 2014 State of the Union Address (He somehow wasn't sincere here either).

    The President even couched the argument in terms of women's income:

    Today, women make up about half our workforce.  But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work.  She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job.  A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too.  It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.  This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves.  Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.

    Now, women hold a majority of lower-wage jobs – but they’re not the only ones stifled by stagnant wages.  Americans understand that some people will earn more than others, and we don’t resent those who, by virtue of their efforts, achieve incredible success.  But Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.

    In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Many businesses have done it on their own.  Nick Chute is here tonight with his boss, John Soranno.  John’s an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough.  Only now he makes more of it: John just gave his employees a raise, to ten bucks an hour – a decision that eased their financial stress and boosted their morale.

    Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.  To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.  And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

    Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here.  Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.  This will help families.  It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.  It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program.  So join the rest of the country.  Say yes.  Give America a raise.

    The slogan give America a raise was coined by the President to prevent legislators from increasing the minimum wage???

    This is the kind of stuff that has been going on for more than five years in terms of some criticism of this President on the Left and Right. Accusing the President of all kinds far out conspiracies.

    In terms of OFA, I'm greatful for OFA, for this organization played a major role in helping to re-elect this President. This, I have no doubt, is the reason why so many of his critics hate this organization. OFA to some on the Left is exactly like ACORN to some on the Right. And the far-out conspiracy theories are just as similar.

    Neither the President nor OFA are responsible for the inability of Congress to increase the cruel and dreadful minimum wage.

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