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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.
~ President Barack Obama – State of the Union speech 2014

President Obama has finally decided to move the country forward . . . with or without the cooperation of Republicans in Congress . . . by executive order.
Because Republicans have been sitting on their thumbs for the past five years, effectively prolonging the Great Recession by costing the economy trillions of dollars, by ruining job prospects for millions of Americans, by causing millions of American families to lose their homes, by driving thousands of businesses into bankruptcy, and by hampering the operations of multiple governmental agencies by withholding administrative, management, and judicial confirmations.
It’s no secret that Republicans, led by shameless politicians like House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been working a 2-part strategy against President Barack Obama . . . and the American people . . . since January 20, 2009.
How does it work?
Frighteningly simple.

  • Part 1: Republicans in the House and Senate obstruct every effort the president makes to strengthen the economy (remember the American Jobs Act?).
  • Part 2: Exploit anemic job growth to make President Obama look bad.

The net effect has been disastrous . . . costing business billions of dollars in lost profits, further destroying our crumbling infrastructure, increasing the numbers of foreclosures across the country, ruining the lives of countless men, women, and children . . . in the name of Republican political expediency.
President Obama is evidently sick and tired of the game and has decided to no longer to play by Republican rules.
He’s off to fairly good start . . . on January 28, he signed an executive order to raise the minimum hourly wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2015.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but Republicans don’t like it when the president does something positive for the American people . . . it makes him look good and Republicans can’t have that, now can they?
Republican House Speaker John Boehner jumped to denigrate the president for raising the minimum hourly wage for federal contractors by saying, “I suspect the president has the authority to raise the minimum wage for those dealing with federal contracts. But let's understand something: This affects not one current contract; it only affects future contracts with the federal government. And so I think the question is, how many people, Mr. President, will this executive action actually help? I suspect the answer is somewhere close to zero."
Given John Boehner’s record of stunning incompetence as House Speaker, no thinking American would be surprised to hear that he continued with another inane statement, “When you raise the cost of something you get less of it. The very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to be hurt by this."
Boehner again showed his true colors by suggesting that an increase in the minimum wage for federal contractors would somehow hurt minorities who hold low-wage jobs and would therefore be "bad policy."
Is there any substance to Boehner’s reaction to the president’s executive order?
Of course not.
I know what you’re thinking: Davy, what are you talking about? John Boehner wouldn’t be against President Obama’s executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors unless he had a good reason, would he?
You’re right . . . Boehner has a great reason for taking a position against President Obama’s executive order and here it is: The president's action underscores the fact that Boehner and Mitchell and their GOP pals in the House and Senate are willing to cause millions of Americans to lose their jobs, homes, and self-respect just to make the nation's first black president look bad.
Doesn’t it?
By the way, if you doubt my premise, you can always call Boehner at 513-779-5400 or 202-225-6205 and ask him yourself.
Let us know what he says, willya?

Comments? Questions? Contact the author at: or Tweet: @DavyZJones



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