It has been widely reported that a key aspect of Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address will be income inequality. By stoking animosity among the various economic classes, fewer eyes will be on the fiscal disaster his administration has caused.
Building on his established reputation as an imperial president, Obama is expected to announce his latest decree during Tuesday night’s speech: a nearly 40 percent spike in the minimum wage for federal contract employees.
The current hourly floor of $7.25 will soon jump to $10.10, according to White House sources.
A recent statement indicates the goal is to “lower turnover and increase morale,” though no mention was made of the financial impact such an unwarranted, universal raise would cause among the taxpayers forced to foot the bill.
Obama intends this announcement to be a sign of things to come throughout the private sector, as well.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough cited “a proposal in both the House and Senate to do that … not just for contractors but for the federal minimum wage across the board.”
The action comes after a mere 32 legislators – out of 535 – signed a letter asking Obama to usurp even more power by issuing another fiat proclamation.
“We think $10.10 is the way to go,” McDonough said. “Nobody who works full-time and works hard at their job should live in poverty.”
Obama has made it painfully clear that he has no intention of compromising with Congress throughout the remainder of his second term. This unilateral move will further cement that promise.
With his eyes toward imposing the same minimum wage requirements throughout the private sector, it is obvious to almost everyone except Obama that such an increase will result in an unsustainable rise in operation costs for any business relying on unskilled labor.
Disregarding the fact that the vast majority of minimum-wage workers are not the sole providers in a household, Obama wants to saddle the poor with higher retail costs by ensuring high school kids make more than $10 per hour flipping burgers.
If the leftist mindset refuses to acknowledge the obvious result of such a policy, one wonders why Obama doesn’t set the minimum wage at $15, $20, or $100 an hour. After all, it’s just money.
–B. Christopher Agee
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