The ultimate job killer: Obama to raise minimum wage via executive order

Earlier this month, President Obama vowed to circumvent Congressional gridlock with his phone and his pen. This morning, the White House announced one of his first executive orders of the New Year – raising the minimum wage for new government contractors to $10.10 an hour. The President is expected to further elaborate on the plan during tonight’s State of the Union address.

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“Tonight is the state of the union address. It’s a circus, and I think everybody in the country knows it,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The President is going to be talking about increasing the minimum wage because he cares so much. Really? If you really care so much, why don’t you just increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and then tie it to inflation… Could we just get somebody honest in Washington D.C.?”

TheBlaze reports the increase from the current national rate of $7.25 will not benefit existing federal contractors. Instead, it will be a benefit enjoyed by new hires only, and according to the Associated Press, contract renewals will not be affected by the increase unless “other terms of the agreement change.”

As Glenn explained, if the President really cared about bettering people’s lives via the minimum wage, he would raise it much higher and tie it to inflation for all workers, but he will never do that because such an act would greatly reduce the power of the federal government.

“If you really believe that the minimum wage is the way to fix things, and it doesn’t hurt the economy, all you have to do is sign – through executive order – a new minimum wage that is $15, $20, $25 an hour and then slave it to inflation. But they won’t do that,” Glenn said. “You know why they won’t do that? Because then you no longer need them. They can no longer trot that out as a very popular solution to all of our woes and our problems. And if you know anything at all about the minimum wage and how it works, you know that it is a job killer. They are now going to take and kill even more jobs.”

Tonight’s address will be filled with vague promises and hyperbolic rhetoric that will undoubtedly appeal to the President’s base. The TEA Party and the Republican Party will each deliver rebuttals that will similarly appeal to their own base. Glenn warned against taking anyone at his or her word this evening.

“Tonight you will hear a president that will act as though he is the most righteous man on the planet. He is not going to tell you the truth,” Glenn concluded. “And I don’t believe the Republicans will tell you the truth, either. The truth is we are a nation on the verge of moral, social, and economic collapse.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    If Congress ($175,000.00 annually) is not going to step up and raise the minimum wage somebody has to in addition to the munimum wage it’s too bad the President cannot also extend Unemployment Benefits. Every person working a 40 hour week deserves a Living Wage

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Maybe if Obama did not spend money like a drunken sailor than maybe our money would be worth more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Why raising the minimum wage is a moronic pipe dream.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTVmjg1LD2o

  • Anonymous

    Presidential fiat is part of the thinking that will destroy the Constitution and America. Deceived, desperate Americans seem to be OK with this. People will get their “minimum wage” until the country collapses — then wages will be nothing as an entire nation plunges into economic chaos. It isn’t that people do not understand and do not assist with the plight of the poor — it’s that the President doesn’t understand the
    plight of the country or economics and is willing to wreck both for a perceived short-term relief.

    Raising the minimum wage will raise prices for everyone, including the poor. Poverty will become more expensive and those with truly nothing will sink yet further into
    poverty. The higher prices will increase expenses and reduce the purchasing capability of those who do offer true charity. The poor will get poorer. The President is enabling and dictating the very thing he claims to be against.

  • landofaahs

    JC Penny, Sears, Sam’s Club are all laying off and closing stores. I don’t think paying higher wages are going to help their bottom line and cause them to hire more people. This train wreck is going to be interesting to watch. Of course those living it will be suffering much pain but I can do nothing about it. I will of course avoid the pain myself.

  • landofaahs

    Sadly poor people are to stupid to even realize that prices will rise to offset any gains in salary they make and besides that, they will be in a higher tax bracket. Tax the poor. LOL But Obama loves you. LOL

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    You mention the 40 hour work week. Let’s use that here. A raise from $7.25 an hour to the $9.00 an hour proposal from Obama would be a difference of $1.75 an hour. So…$1.75 X 40 = $70.00. There are 52 weeks in a year, so the annual difference that an employer would have to dish out of his/her profits would be, hmmm, let’s see 52 X 70=$3,640 per employee per year. Next year the mandate for businesses of 50 or more employees to provide Obamacare to all of their employees means covering the cost of insurance PLUS, hmmm, let’s see 50 X 3,640= $182,000! PLUS the cost of covering the employees’ insurance! A minimum wage increase would result in massive layoffs because that $182,000 could have been quite useful in helping to provide the coverage. Last I checked, a business owner can do whatever he/she wants with their company. A lot of people who are demanding a “living wage” AND insurance are about to get neither. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. The only thing ANY human being DESERVES is God’s grace and nothing else. Business owners live by these maxims at all times.

  • Cindy Reedy

    you are an idiot

  • Anonymous

    I hope when these businesses start laying off employees……they tell them the reason WHY they are losing their jobs. He is ONLY doing this because his approval rating is ROCK BOTTOM…..and this is where he gets most of his votes, the minimum wages earners who are under educated and under skilled.

  • Anonymous

    These people who think like garak99 are like children who still live with mom and dad, or on mom and dad’s doll, or are working and on their own but only care about their own day to day life and what bar they are going to tonight or what music they are going to buy with their paycheck, etc. They do not absorb the wisdom and knowledge that will give them an IQ above a 6 year old on how the world works.
    And this administration is like having child protective services knocking at your door to take your kids away while telling them it is because YOU are a bad and abusive parent and do not really love them or know how to take care of them properly…….

  • Anonymous

    I personally do not know any “stupid” poor people. It is the uneducated who are ignorant to understanding how the world works or how business works.

  • Anonymous

    When Wil presidents learn that nothing but nothing is accomplished by raising wages? It works for a couple of months and then prices rise to fill the gap. Which means not only are people who had their wages go higher still as poor as they’ve always been but because prices are higher whole new groups of people can’t buy what they used to buy before prices and wages rose. If the president really wants to help the economy there would be laws they prices go lower across the board with wages staying the same as they were before this morning. Having anyone and everyone able to buy anything they want helps jobs get created because supply and demand would be equal.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you are correct. Plus, they obviously didn’t pay attention in math class.

  • Anonymous

    If there was no minimum wage at all, people might consider becoming useful to their employers.

  • Anonymous

    That is precisely how the liberals talk about conservatives, the uneducated ingnorants. Obama will keep telling lies, just like the way he formulated his obamacare and the press will support it all the way. All of this is another diversion from the real problems of America.And the beat goes on…..

  • Anonymous

    I beg to differ with you. Do you not look to a raise on YOUR job? If the minimum wage is not high enough to offset welfare, are you not surprised that people on welfare can’t see the point in getting a minimum-paying job? Why work for a measly $7.25 per hour if one can collect way more through welfare? Where’s the incentive?

  • Anonymous

    If my boss wants to give me a raise, I’m going to have to do more, learn more skills, become more valuable to the company. I guarantee you my boss would be irate if he was FORCED to give me a raise.

  • Anonymous

    I’m self-employed so the only raises I get are when I sell more things. Wil I raise prices because that’s what my competitors will do? Nope, having prices rise all around me is good for my shop since more people will be looking for bargains. Meaning it’s sad that other shops won’t get customers but I would be getting them instead. Which is kinda good but it’s sad it would be at their expense. Nobody should have to go out of business. As for what you are saying about people on welfare I’m also getting that. Lots of people supplement their government checks. The government lets people do that up to a certain amount. For people on disability the top amount they can make is fifteen thou a year before having to get off the dole

  • Anonymous

    That would start getting into piece-work where the amount of product completed is what people get paid for. In a service economy that doesn’t work very well since each customer order would have to be counted as work completed. Which would be even MORE income unequal than we have now. Plus, with actual product being counted the people who couldn’t keep up with a daily quota wold be fired. Meaning more unemployment.

  • Anonymous

    You thought I meant that we should get rid of the existing minimum wage. I’m saying that it should never have been instituted in the first place, but…like you say, we’re kind of stuck with it now aren’t we?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah,we are sort of. I’m not sure when minimum wages for everyone started nor why but maybe it was a way to get more people to shop or something

  • Equis

    everyone knows that these minimum wage jobs are entry level jobs normally attached to young people getting work experience or working while going to school. However, in this economy the older unemployed are taking these jobs to the misfortune of the young. So now the balance is effected and you up the wage which will leave our young people without experience or jobs to help them through school. Then the businesses up there prices and cut hours or staff. Looks like a vicious cycle and we haven’t even addressed inflation.

  • Anonymous

    x ray tech – I have to disagree – the educated are just as ignorant in understanding how the world and business works – Oregon senators merkley and wyden stood before a group of people this last weekend proclaiming that they were going to legislate to raise minimum wage…stupid idiots…

  • Anonymous

    a 40 hour a week job is a thing of the past for many people…

  • mspatdev

    obammy has used his executive power already to put the minimum wage to go up. The reason that Congress hasn’t done it, is because to many people in the USA sent letters, emails, mail, etc. to not have the wages go up. There is a lot of other stores that are going out of business. These jobs are for our youth to learn how to go and get a job. They learn to get up out of bed, to go and work hard, etc. It helps them prepare for future jobs that make more money. These jobs are entry jobs and not to support a family of four to have some spending money. Pretty soon, no one will be able to go through a drive-in for a quick meal, to go to a restrurant to eat out and a whole bunch more things. This really hurts the very low income and the low middle class and the children. THIS IS A BIG, BIG SIN TO DO THIS. A lot of people are not making it through obammy and his communist ideas. That little bit of food that they can go out to eat once in awhile helps their morale. The dictator in the w/h wants to take this all away with $10.10 raise. This is so very disgusting.

  • mspatdev

    When the people get laid off and loose there jobs, then they sure in heck are not going to believe him or vote demo.

  • landofaahs

    Then you don’t know any poor Obama voters. As far as uneducated people, that’s not quite correct. Obama is educated and he doesn’t know what makes an economy work as evidenced by the crappy economy we are in. You cannot sustain a vibrant economy on endless debt like we are doing. The piper will be paid and the longer we wait the worse it will be. The recipe for success is free market capitalism without crony capitalists being kept afloat by government.

  • mspatdev

    You forgot to put in taxes such as Federal of all kinds, State, Counties, Cities, etc. There is a lot of taxes for all of them. Look at your phone bill or internet and see how many taxes are being taken our.

  • mspatdev

    I agree with you. The whole government needs to take a class in 101 and 102 Economics.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    EIGHT SOL ALINSKY STEPS (glenn missed one– there’s only seven here but i provide it below for your block copy/paste pleasure):

    1. control health care and you control the people;

    2. increase poverty level as high as possible. poor people are easier to control and won’t fight back when you’re providing everything for them to live;

    3. increase the debt to an unsustainable level that way you’re able to increase taxes and that produces more poverty;

    4. gun control: remove the ability to defend themselves from the government;

    5. welfare: control every aspect of peoples’ lives, food, housing and income, education. take control of what people read and listen to. take control of what children learn in school;

    6. religion: remove the belief in G-d from the government and schools;

    7. class warfare: divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. it causes more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor.

  • Anonymous

    You mention the 40-hr. work week. Let us use that here. Where did that come from? Progressive social movement(s). Who said it would be the end of business, the end of the “free market,” a communist takeover, a violation of the right of contract, etc.? Those right of center. Same can be said about child labor laws, the 8-hr. work day, among so many other things. I bet most working-class conservatives, perhaps most conservatives in general, would not vote to eliminate the 40-hr. work week or the 8-hr. day. Today, it just seems that “that is the way things are,” but people had to fight–lose their lives and their livelihoods–for those gains. Progressive gains. If GB and his followers are at all ideologically and intellectually consistent, they’d support repeal of any laws that prevent a business owner from, as you say, doing “whatever he/she wants with their company.”

  • Guest

    “Forget everything you learned in school boys and girls, the rulebooks are being rewritten. Today, the President announced one of the first executive orders of the new year: raising the minimum wage for new government contractors. Why is this a job killer?”

    1) Obama needs congressional approval to increase/decrease taxes and spending. This executive order is not extra-constitutional.

    2) R. Reagan had far more executive orders than Obama has had. Beck didn’t mention that, does he?

    3) “I have no idea what I’m doing with the economy….” ~~Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck Show, 11/26/10

    And you believe what Beck, who refers to you as “boys and girls,” says. Why exactly?

  • Fat Lip

    Federal Reserve NOTE NOTE NOTE currency ? if you say so keep on believing I don’t !!

  • Anonymous

    I think we’re right on track, sadly. One of the last pieces of the puzzle being obamscare. I hope more people wake up before it’s too late!

  • Guest

    If you believe anything spewed by Mr. Beck, you’ll believe any horse$hit thrown your way.

  • Fat Lip

    I don’t need Glenn Beck anymore than I need you so go enjoy and spread your horseshit to some other like you .

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see someone call minimum wage what it really is: Increase cost of labor! BTW if their is a minimum wage increase how about a labor cost decrease? You see how stupid this really is?

  • Guest

    What “horseshit” is that exactly? I didn’t make any claims. Tell me, are all teabaggers this stupid? Try writing as if you actually graduated high school.

  • Fat Lip

    It don’t matter much to me to mean that much to you best of lump to you butthump. twy whitinug lige you gaduted hiscool Idiot! Xpect nofinga moor phum vee

  • Anonymous

    I find it funny when liberals call their bosses “slave drivers.” Why not quit?

  • Anonymous

    Teabagger? Why do you feel the need to refer to Tea Party members as teabaggers? Does that make you feel big? I mean I just wonder what you’re compensating for. There are plenty of people who vote Republican and are rude to Liberals. There are plenty of rude Liberals too. How are you any better than the people you hate? This country is in the tubes because we’ve become rude to each other. I will label you as a Left-leaning person. Nothing derogatory. It solves nothing to insult people.
    Did you vote for Obama? I voted for Romney. We both did what we felt was good for the nation. I don’t like the policies of Liberals but I’d save any one of them from a burning building. Would you do the same for a Conservative?

  • Anonymous

    Never underestimate the power of denial. There were Soviet political prisoners who were Communist sympathizers but were thrown in jail anyway. Many of them didn’t renounce Communism even though it oppressed them.

  • landofaahs

    A $50 an hr minimum wage means nothing if nobody will hire you for it.