New Obama EO will raise minimum wage 39% on new federal contracts

posted at 8:01 am on January 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Tonight’s State of the Union speech will feature in large part a threat by Barack Obama to go it alone on policy, as he’s unable or unwilling to negotiate with a Republican-controlled House. Obama will make good on his threat at least once, in forcing federal contractors to pay a 39% increase in the minimum wage across the board for all new contracts:

President Obama plans use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for federal contract workers, according to multiple reports.

He will outline the proposal in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

The White House highlighted janitors and construction workers on federal sites as some of those who would be helped by the executive order. The administration also mentioned workers on military bases.

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“Hardworking Americans — including janitors and construction workers — working on new federal contracts will benefit from the Executive Order,” the White House said in a statement, according to reports.

This raise amounts to a 39% increase from the current $7.25. The last time the minimum wage was increased was 2009, so that’s about 7% a year — a very far cry from the wage growth overall during that period. Here is the data charted out by the BLS on private-sector compensation growth, unadjusted, over the same period:

bls-wage-growthThe large increase will mean higher costs for taxpayers in a couple of ways. The way the White House crafted the EO (or at least their statement), federal contractors will have to pay $10.10 as the minimum wage for all workers if they agree to any new contracts for the federal government. That means that their labor costs will escalate rather dramatically, especially since that new minimum will have to get scaled into workers earning above the current minimum. Raising the floor in a workplace means raising a few levels above it, too. Increased labor costs will force companies to bid higher rates on federal contracts. We will be paying more for the same services and products we currently buy as taxpayers — a lot more.

This will shrink the pool of contractors, too, which will also mean less competition and higher prices for taxpayers.  Large companies that can split off their federal contract work into subsidiaries will presumably be able to avoid applying the new minimum wage to other business units. Smaller contractors probably won’t be able to manage that, and that will make them less competitive. And some companies will simply choose not to pursue federal contracts at all, leaving the government with fewer options, and less flexibility.

Furthermore, because these companies will not be able to recoup all of the costs of labor through price increases, they will have to find ways to increase efficiency. That means fewer jobs will get created, and some will get lost — as happens every time the minimum wage gets hiked in any significant way.

Can Obama do this? On new contracts, sure. But it’s going to end up being a disaster, the way most of his unilateral moves have been. Taxpayers will pay a high price for Obama’s mostly-impotent muscle-flexing.

Update: Of course, the question here is just how many federal contractors actually pay a minimum wage to workers — and how many workers that impacts. It will impact hourly workers probably no matter what, especially for those who hire in at less than the new minimum. In my last job as a hiring manager, our floor was above that level (and we weren’t federal contractors anyway), so a minimum wage hike would have no direct impact, although it might have had some indirect impact in the competitive marketplace. At that time, though, the civilian workforce participation rate was near its all-time high and the unemployment level in Minnesota was in the 3% range.

I’d guess that some federal contractors still have workers in that range, and hourly workers in the range just above it. If not, then this is meaningless anyway. I suspect that the White House is counting on it being a non-sequitur in the marketplace.

Update: A question from the comments: “Where’s his budget authority to do this?” Congress authorizes spending levels, not contract terms. The executive branch negotiates contracts within their authorized spending levels. So yes, a President can issue this kind of EO, but it doesn’t give him any more money to spend, so when prices go up …. things won’t get done until Congress authorizes more money.


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My God, will SOMEONE please provide any numbers that reflect how many actual people this is alleged to impact. Because until otherwise, I’m going with ZERO. An empty gesture from an empty suit.

deadrody on January 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Can Obama do this? On new contracts, sure. But it’s going to end up being a disaster, the way most of his unilateral moves have been. Taxpayers will pay a high price for Obama’s mostly-impotent muscle-flexing.

…he’s promoted all the Benghazi… criminal government workers too! Such a leader!

KOOLAID2 on January 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Also, many federal contracts are cost-plus. The costs to taxpayers will be more than just the increased labor prices.

blammm on January 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Hopey, the Community Agitation Crock-Stirr’r in Chief,
is once again, paying,er,playing politics, in buying
more votes, for future DemonCrats elections!!

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I can’t imagine any job on any federal contract paying less than $10.10 already.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Can Obama do this? On new contracts, sure.

Where’s his budget authority to do this?

I know, I know. The Constitution no longer applies.

Bitter Clinger on January 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Only $10/hour?

Why won’t Obama end poverty and make it $50/hour?

gwelf on January 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Tonight’s State of the Union speech will feature in large part a threat by Barack Obama to go it alone on policy
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Presidential Self-Isolation,..hmmmm, an interesting study!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

At some time the public is going to react in an ugly way to this filthy stupid rat-eared dictator. Just look at Greece or Ukraine. Bottom line, American cities are going to be in flames before this evil bastard is put in his place.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Look at those greedy capitalist 1%ers who are making more money but firing people or reducing their hours!

/libtard

gwelf on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I can’t imagine any job on any federal contract paying less than $10.10 already.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

This is aimed at cafeteria workers and janitorial staff. Unionized contract workers at federal facilities.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Look!

Santa Claus is back!

/Woo-hoo

Key West Reader on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Its good to be the king

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Its good to be the king

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Except that we deposed the king in the late 18th century.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Also, I really hope someone will be tracking this grand experiment. We’re told over and over and over that a minimum wage increase won’t affect the cost of services or goods by that particular company.

Let’s track these contracts and see how much they jump after this change.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

This is aimed at cafeteria workers and janitorial staff. Unionized contract workers at federal facilities.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

And you think they make less than $10/hr?

LOL

Okay… sure.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Obama has a pen and a phone…

What could go wrong? you ask

kcewa on January 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM

That means fewer jobs will get created, and some will get lost — as happens every time the minimum wage gets hiked in any significant way.

Exactly!

As a Senator, Barack Obama supported 3 hikes to the minimum wage in 3 years, and the employment-population ratio went down each time the minimum wage was raised.

On 1/3/2007, the balance of power in Washington, D.C. shifted from Republican to Democrat, as Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, and Harry Reid became Senate Majority Leader. Democrats, including then-Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, etc., inherited a GOOD economy from the outgoing Republican majority.

Those Democrats inherited from Republicans an Employment-Population Ratio of 63.4%.

On January 5, 2007, just two days into the new Democrat majority, Democrats introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage three times in three years. That bill was eventually passed as a rider to troop funding (the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007), and the minimum wage was raised three times in three years, from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour (a more than 40% increase in 3 years).

Each time that the Democrat majority raised the minimum wage, employment dropped.

The Democrat majority raised the minimum wage:

1) Up $0.70 to $5.85 per hour on 2007-07-24,
2) up $0.70 to $6.55 per hour on 2008-07-24,
3) up $0.70 to $7.25 per hour on 2009-07-24.

… and the Employment-Population ratio dropped to:

62.9% in July 2007,
62.2% in July 2008,
59.3% in July 2009,

and has been
At or BELOW 58.7% for OVER FOUR YEARS (52 consecutive months since September 2009)!

And of course, the Democrats now want to foolishly raise the minimum wage AGAIN, to over $10/hr!

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

ITguy on January 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I call BS on this. I have worked in and with DOD for over 30 years and have seen and talked with thousands of contract janitors, food service workers, laborers, etc. I had 60 contractors working for me when I retired. Virtually none of them are paid minimum wage. Most make significantly more than minimum wage due to not getting any benefits from their contract company. The contract people who worked for me were entry level clerks who started at $14 an hour.

This is a sop to his base nothing more and will not raise anyone’s pay.

Johnnyreb on January 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

So,..Hopey/Changey, is going to say Congress is Boinked, Team GOP has an alleged Civil-War,..and its imperative for Hopey to go it alone, as time is
of the essence,…since America is in CRISIS, and theres no time to wait!!

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:16 AM

…doesn’t matter!…like the company that they hired to set up the ObamaCare website…bidding doesn’t mean shit!…it goes to people with connections…and you pay WAY MORE than you should…so the “Connections”….get rich!

KOOLAID2 on January 28, 2014 at 8:17 AM

HN…I don’t think obama knows that

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

So will he blame any resulting disaster on Bush?

stenwin77 on January 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Operation Pffft starting…now

By the way, did HG get rid of the emoticons in the Headlines?

22044 on January 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 2h

Obama to lay out go-it-alone approach in big speech http://reut.rs/MoRxnR
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Obama to lay out go-it-alone approach in big speech

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:05am EST
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/28/us-usa-obama-speech-idUSBREA0R07T20140128?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Where’s his budget authority to do this?

I know, I know. The Constitution no longer applies.

Bitter Clinger on January 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Update: A question from the comments: “Where’s his budget authority to do this?” Congress authorizes spending levels, not contract terms. The executive branch negotiates contracts within their authorized spending levels. So yes, a President can issue this kind of EO, but it doesn’t give him any more money to spend, so when prices go up …. things won’t get done until Congress authorizes more money.

Thanks for the update, Ed.

The bolded part was what I guess I was getting at.

Bitter Clinger on January 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 1h

Obama to lift minimum wage for federal contractors: White House http://reut.rs/1f6Kn0M
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Obama to lift minimum wage for federal contractors: White House

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:56am EST
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/28/us-usa-obama-speech-wage-idUSBREA0R0KJ20140128?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM

as he’s unable or unwilling to negotiate with a Republican-controlled House.

Wha? All he has to do is move his chair back, look down and say, “Boehner! Go get me a sandwich!” How hard is that?

onomo on January 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

We don’t need no stinking legislative or judicial branch homes!

racquetballer on January 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

This is aimed at cafeteria workers and janitorial staff. Unionized contract workers at federal facilities.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

That’s overhead though. Those costs really don’t relate to the contract being bid on.

blammm on January 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Remember many union contracts are indexed to wage increases such as this… knee pads anyone?

theblacksheepwasright on January 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

So yes, a President can issue this kind of EO, but it doesn’t give him any more money to spend, so when prices go up …. things won’t get done until Congress authorizes more money.

He’s issuing this so that he has a meaningless bargaining chip to go into the debt ceiling talks. Boehner can say he walked away with compromise legislation when no actual compromise took place.

blammm on January 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Obama to raise minimum wage for government contract workers

A survey by the National Employment Law Project of contractors who manufacture military uniforms, provide food and janitorial services, and truck goods found that 75 percent of them earn less than $10 per hour.

kcewa on January 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

The Growth Of Government: 1980 To 2012

1/24/2013 @ 2:05PM
******************

Introducing the GE/P Ratio

The following table shows the number of government employees, total population and the GE/P Ratio. It essentially takes a snapshot at the end of each presidents term and compares it to the point when they took office.

In my previous article, we discussed one cause for the demise of the middle class which is higher taxes. In general, higher taxes have a depressing effect on a population and its economy. Higher taxes are sometimes a result of government expansion, which poses an headwind for the private sector and impedes its growth.

In this article, we’ll examine the total number of government employees (GE) as a percentage of the population (P). We’ll call this the GE/P Ratio. A higher ratio indicates a higher percentage of government employees relative to the total population. We’ll examine this ratio at the end of the last five presidential terms, including Obama’s first. I should note that the numbers are in millions and the number of government employees includes federal, state, local, etc. Although I am using the end of presidential terms as the periods measured, this is not meant to imply that any president is solely responsible for this growth.
MORE…)
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2013/01/24/the-growth-of-the-federal-government-1980-to-2012/

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM

39% raise – geez I’d like to get that.

I hate that man.

gophergirl on January 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Here is the data charted out by the BLS on private-sector compensation growth, unadjusted, over the same period:

Ed,
FYI, when you change the time period of the graph on the BLS site, it changes the URL to “http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet”, and that URL is not useful to others when they click on it.

You may want to change that link to http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CIU2010000000000A and just let readers know to adjust the timeframe themselves….

One other thing to note about that graph is that the average 12-month percent change in Total compensation under George W. Bush with a Republican majority (2001-2006) was 3.5%, while the 12-month percent change in Total compensation under Barack Obama with a Democrat majority (2009-present) has been 1.9%.

Under Democrat majorities, not only has employment tanked, so have raises for those who are employed.

ITguy on January 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM

I thought in his first term he got legislation passed that all government contracts had to be union labor.

docflash on January 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM

If you review any of the Wage Determinations (WD) that the DOL issues that contractors can be bound to in a government contract, there are very few labor categories where the minimum allowable wage is less than the 10.10 figure. So in reality the immediate impact will not be significant. The problem with it is that over time it will create an upward pressure on wages for federal contractors, because that employee who was making 11.00/hr will think that they should be making 14.00/hr now. It also creates problems because the WDs are supposed to reflect the prevailing wage in the county it applies to, and this increase, since it is not tied to the wages in a given county, could end up distorting how they establish future WDs.

Ironwood297 on January 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM

At some time the public is going to react in an ugly way to this filthy stupid rat-eared dictator. Just look at Greece or Ukraine. Bottom line, American cities are going to be in flames before this evil bastard is put in his place.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

DrillBurn baby DrillBurn!!

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Morning Joe ‏@Morning_Joe 9m

Obama faces ‘tune out factor’ going into SOTU: http://on.msnbc.com/1ljDC1O #morningjoe
=====================

VIDEO:(12:50)

Morning Joe 01/28/14
Obama faces ‘tune out factor’ going into SOTU
Top Talkers: President Obama will deliver his SOTU Tuesday evening to a nation that many believe is divided or troubled, according to new NBC News/WSJ poll results. The Morning Joe panel discusses.

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/obama-faces-tune-out-factor-going-into-sotu-128982083662

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

HN…I don’t think obama knows that

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

So here’s the follow-up question. Where the hell is Congress screaming about checks and balances and the Executive’s inability to rule by fiat? Seems to me like the Congresscritters aren’t overly upset that the lazy stupid devil is stealing their power.

I guess the Waterloo for them was when they and their staff was expected to enroll in Obamacare. After thwarting that attempt to make them live like normal folks, they’re good.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

So as we as a nation struggle with crippling debt and a private labor market in crisis Mr. Obama is to raise the cost of running the government by artificially increasing wages above the private market?

Oh, and the president is going to do this unilaterally as if he’s running some tin-pan dictatorship not a democratic republic built on a constitution of checks and balances? More importantly, against the collective will of a majority of our citizens?

The state of the union is terribly dangerous.

Marcus Traianus on January 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

ITguy on January 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

True, but isn’t this exactly what the Democrats want? Increasing their demendent class.

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

I don’t have any issue with workers making more than $7.00 per hour and seriously would like a listing of federal workers who
do get paid this amount. Where I live fast food workers make
significantly more than that. Of course, I would also like to
know what the federal pension, etc. benefits are for the $7.00
govt. worker. Perhaps they work for $7.00 per hour for 20 years,
then retired at $80,000.00 annually. Who knows!

I have a friend who is a retired teacher whose pension yields
her over $8,000.00 a month; I know she wasn’t paid $96,000.00
annually when she was working. I admit I don’t know exactly how
all that works.

However, I do know the unintended or intended consequences of raising the minimum wage.

Let’s say a low level office worker earns $10.00 an hour and a mid level office worker makes $15.00 per hour. If the $10.00 an hour employee gets a raise, then the mid level office worker expects
to be compensated accordingly because their job is more complex,
important to the company, whatever. The result is that the cost of the product, no matter what it is, goes up; therefore, the selling price of the product goes up and consumers pay more.

Now this might not matter (now) to the federal government because
our a$$hat politicians only spend taxpayer money. It would matter to private industry because higher costs threatens a company’s existence because at some point they cannot compete.

Amjean on January 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Wha? All he has to do is move his chair back, look down and say, “Boehner! Go get me a sandwich! Reggie will take over while you’re gone” How hard is that?

onomo on January 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Edited for accuracy.

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I for one am not going to waste one minute watching this lazy incompetent coward shuck and jive through another lie-filled SOTU. He’s going to claim to support and respect our troops (big lie). He’s going to claim that Obamacare is working. He’s going to claim the economy is improving. He’s going to claim that he has created jobs. He is going to assert that the state of the union is better than it was when he took over in 2008 (big big lie).

The fact of the matter is that the state of the union sucks. But he’ll lie. Democrats will rise to their feet and clap at every lie like the trained baboons they are. There will be no honesty or reality as the rat-eared wonder talks about income inequality, rights for sodomites, and more “freebies” for the parasites who still support the socialists in power.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Hopey is Buying Votes,…………….again!!

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Excellent question HN

Squishy GOP

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

The state of the union is terribly dangerous.

Marcus Traianus on January 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Well said.

I just wonder what the tipping point will be. It’s close.

gophergirl on January 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Obama to raise minimum wage for government contract workers

A survey by the National Employment Law Project of contractors who manufacture military uniforms, provide food and janitorial services, and truck goods found that 75 percent of them earn less than $10 per hour.

kcewa on January 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

From the actual report linked by WaPo

For this report, researchers gathered information on conditions facing workers in federally contracted jobs through worker interviews. The interviews were conducted in several stages, starting with a list of general questions about workplace conditions. Follow-up interviews were conducted with those workers willing to share their experiences. It was not a statistical survey, and the workplaces and employees were selected at random. However, the researchers did strive to interview workers in a variety of occupations across numerous sites and to achieve a level of diversity in age, sex, and race. Because federal contractors are not required to report on wages, benefits, or other working conditions as part of fulfilling their contractual requirements, the government does not have adequate data for a full statistical analysis of all the private sector jobs it finances. The information is not available to taxpayers, journalists, or policymakers.

So, the survey is meaningless. It’s all anecdotal and not statistical, factual information.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Republicans can’t make the case for hot chocolate in Alaska. The children have taken over and are running the island.

MT on January 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Interesting, he’s supportive of raising minimum wages for federal contractors, but doesn’t mind giving the shaft to retired military….

ErikMcA on January 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

The GOP must get out and proclaim with every interview that Obama is doing this on the backs of non-government employees who must now pay more taxes to afford Obama’s largesse…

Of course when most Amerocans don’t PAY taxes they don’t care…

Skywise on January 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

People do realize that companies don’t have to actually have people at minimum wage to be impacted by this. This will be the new base for wages. Workers currently earning 5$ above minimum are going to expect that their work is STILL worth that difference so will be expecting some sort of commensurate raise.

Suppliers may very well have employees working minimum and when they have to pay their labor more they will have no option but to raise the prices of what they sell to manufacturers with fed contracts.

katiejane on January 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Obama’s pen will eventually run out of ink, along with his big-spending agenda.

Rovin on January 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Obama: “Hey, can we make this debt-ceiling raise a bi-weekly thing?”

Ukiah on January 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I for one am not going to waste one minute watching this lazy incompetent coward shuck and jive through another lie-filled SOTU.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Happy Nomad: Democrats have everything to lose tonight, and if Hopeys
Speechy, is Nirvana, after five years of talk and do-
nothing President,..tonight is going to be h*ll of a
ride,..or,..Changeys SOTUA Speech goes down like a Stuka
in flames, or, not!!

Everytime Obama puts out a program,..with no jobs, Team
GOP won’t clap much,..just a hunch!:)

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The state of the union is terribly dangerous.

Marcus Traianus on January 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Well said.

I just wonder what the tipping point will be. It’s close.

gophergirl on January 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

gophergirl: The line in the sand eh,hmmmmmm:)

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Also, I really hope someone will be tracking this grand experiment. We’re told over and over and over that a minimum wage increase won’t affect the cost of services or goods by that particular company.

Let’s track these contracts and see how much they jump after this change.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Well, keep hoping, but this is the kind of thing the MSM simply doesn’t do anymore. It doesn’t fit the narrative and it’s too much like work. Someone somewhere will track this, but the likelihood of it getting any play in big media is approximately zilch. “Alaska man plans to heat his house this winter with unicorn farts”–front page. “Alaska family found frozen to death”–page 17C.

SacredFire on January 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM


YUP,..everthing is rosey with Hopey:
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Tweets All / No replies

The Associated Press ‏@AP 6m

MORE: Businesses cut back sharply on their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in December: http://apne.ws/MpgmjA
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US durable goods orders drop 4.3 percent
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
— Jan. 28, 2014 8:48 AM EST
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-durable-goods-orders-drop-43-percent

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Everytime Obama puts out a program,..with no jobs, Team
GOP won’t clap much,..just a hunch!:)

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Not clapping is okay I guess but the occasion really calls for booing and a few more Joe Wilson “you lie” moments. Also, I wish the GOP “response” was leaked just before the SOTU instead of a mild wishy-washy discussion after the nation has already been lulled to sleep by an hour of boring lies.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

US durable goods orders drop 4.3 percent

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Tonight’s spin- The economy is getting better but not good enough. I guess five years of clicking his heels together and wishing for economic improvement hasn’t worked.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I’ll wager the government unions have a sliding scale based on a multiple of the minimun wage, so they’ll be in line for a 39% pay increase, with the attendant increase in union dues and union donations to the Rats.

Steve Eggleston on January 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

US durable goods orders drop 4.3 percent
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
— Jan. 28, 2014 8:48 AM EST
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-durable-goods-orders-drop-43-percent

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

WHOOPS! What was that about a recovery?

Steve Eggleston on January 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Well, keep hoping, but this is the kind of thing the MSM simply doesn’t do anymore. It doesn’t fit the narrative and it’s too much like work.
SacredFire on January 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Oh yeah they do… As soon as the GOP gets a president in office again they’ll suddenly be all about investigation and being “fourth” house of government… Until they can get their guy back in office again…

Skywise on January 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

WHOOPS! What was that about a recovery?

Steve Eggleston on January 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Steve Eggleston: Exactly,…besides make a glass of HopeyKOOL_AID,
it’ll look better,…(I Kid):)

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

things won’t get done until Congress authorizes more money.

Well we know that will happen so…

p0s3r on January 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

At some time the public is going to react in an ugly way to this filthy stupid rat-eared dictator. Just look at Greece or Ukraine. Bottom line, American cities are going to be in flames before this evil bastard is put in his place.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

All part of the plan. He needs those national emergencies in order to power grab in a big way or did you think the ramp up of DHS and local police to military gear and the removal and replacement of military command structure was just for fun?

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

So I’m pondering, could this be a payout, to
Hopey’s,

One Million Man, Obama’s “Civilian National Security Force” !!!!

After-all, its been five years, and implementation of his
Feds Army could now be operational!:
(snark)

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

What was that about a recovery?

Steve Eggleston on January 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

That’s so four years ago. To keep harping on it is racist or something……….

June 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Administration today kicks off “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long focus on the surge in Recovery Act infrastructure projects that will be underway across the country in the coming months – and the jobs they’ll create well into the fall and through the end of the year. The Recovery Act has already funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Not sure what everyone’s deal is. The man is a tyrant. He will continue to do things like this while he is in office. He does whatever he wants whenever he wants. I would argue that the only reason he has not written as many E.O.s as previous presidents is becuase he gets his shadow agencies to do push his agenda. We will continue to see him act unilaterally and it will probably escalate.

JAGonzo on January 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Speaking of that, where’s that “Weekend at Bernie’s” Ramirez cartoon Ed brings out every late-spring? We need something to warm us up.

Early expectations are that the advance read of 4th quarter real GDP will be up by a seasonally-adjusted/annualized 3.0% when it comes out on Thursday. Something tells me it won’t make it.

Steve Eggleston on January 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

How many union contracts have some type of clause linking union pay rates to the minimum wage? I know there used to be this sort of clause in some private-sector union contracts; that is why unions were so intent on getting the minimum wage jacked up.

Some would wonder why unions were so interested in the “little guy.” They weren’t interested in the minimum wage worker in the least! Their interest was pure selfishness, because it meant automatic… and huge… raises for union workers without the union bosses having to fight management for increases.

svar42 on January 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

That’s so four years ago. To keep harping on it is racist or something……….

June 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Administration today kicks off “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long focus on the surge in Recovery Act infrastructure projects that will be underway across the country in the coming months – and the jobs they’ll create well into the fall and through the end of the year. The Recovery Act has already funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Happy Nomad: Most Excellent recall, factiod thingy, and its GroundHog Day
again:)

Btw,..I’m shoot’n that off to tips!!

BTW,..is this the Linky:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/administration-kicks-recovery-summer-with-groundbreakings-and-events-across-country

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

So, the survey is meaningless. It’s all anecdotal and not statistical, factual information.

ButterflyDragon on January 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

It’s probably only a handful of workers anyway…

kcewa on January 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

H/T,….

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2010
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Administration Kicks Off “Recovery Summer” with Groundbreakings and Events Across the Country

President Obama, Vice President Biden and Other Administration Officials to Highlight Surge in Recovery Act Infrastructure Projects This Summer
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Administration today kicks off “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long focus on the surge in Recovery Act infrastructure projects that will be underway across the country in the coming months – and the jobs they’ll create well into the fall and through the end of the year. The Recovery Act has already funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small. For example:

Highway Projects: There will be six times as many highway projects underway in July 2010 as in July 2009 – projects will surge from 1,750 last summer to over 10,000 this summer.
Clean and Drinking Water: This summer over 2,800 clean and drinking water projects will be underway versus just over 100 last summer – more than 20 times as many.
Home Weatherization: This summer, 82,000 homes will be weatherized versus 3,000 last summer – 27 times as many homes this summer as last.
National Parks: This July, nearly 800 projects will be underway at national parks versus just over 100 last July – 8 times as many this summer.

As part of Recovery Summer, President Obama, Vice President Biden and other Administration officials will travel to more than two dozen Recovery Act project sites in the coming weeks, highlighting the surge in project activity and the Recovery Act’s steady climb to 3.5 million jobs by the end of the year.

On Friday, June 18th, President Obama will travel, to Columbus, Ohio to mark the first of many significant Recovery Act milestones coming this summer – the groundbreaking of the 10,000th Recovery Act road project to get underway. The road improvement project in downtown Columbus is expected to create over 300 construction jobs and will contribute to the broader economic development effort underway in the area around Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, June 21st, Vice President Biden will travel to Midland, MI for the groundbreaking of the new Dow Kokam advanced battery manufacturing facility – a project made possible by a $161 million Recovery Act advanced battery grant awarded last year. In addition to creating 1,000 construction jobs, Dow says the project will eventually employ 800 permanent manufacturing workers. The groundbreaking is one of many milestones advanced battery awardees will hit this summer as they gear up to manufacture advanced batteries, vehicle components and electric vehicles with the $2.4 billion in Recovery Act grants the President and Vice President announced last August.

Details on the kickoff events Cabinet Members will be holding across the country on Thursday, June 17th and Friday, June 18th are below. Details on additional Administration Recovery Summer events will be released throughout the summer as they become available.

Thursday, June 17th

Department of Labor
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will travel to Michigan on Thursday, June 17. She will be joined by Executive Director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers Dr. Ed Montgomery. During the visit, the secretary and Montgomery will tour Macomb Community College’s engineering and advanced technology training programs. The secretary also will make an important announcement related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the creation of jobs across the state of Michigan.

General Services Administration
Administrator of General Services Martha Johnson will join Pennsylvanian workers at the construction site of the new energy-efficient solar roof of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office & Insurance Center to highlight GSA’s 218 active federal building construction projects across the nation. This summer, GSA Recovery Act construction projects are quadrupling and workers across the country are installing solar power arrays at dozens of Federal buildings nationwide, dramatically increasing GSA’s solar power generation and reducing the federal government’s consumption of energy.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims will travel to Baltimore, MD, to visit Wayland Village Senior Housing, an affordable housing project that is currently under construction with HUD Recovery Act funds. He will discuss this transformative project that is creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. As summer heats up, Recovery Act-funded construction projects are kicking into high gear and putting HUD’s dollar investment and American people to work. By the end of this summer, HUD will have rehabilitated 230,000 housing units.

Friday, June 18th

Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Annapolis, MD and highlight how American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments in Maryland and throughout the country are allowing people in thousands of rural communities to access clean and safe water. Through the Recovery Act, USDA Rural Development received $3.6 billion in funding, which is helping to rebuild and revitalize drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage systems throughout rural America.

Department of Energy
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi will travel to Manchester, NH to visit a newly weatherized home with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen where they will highlight the progress the Administration’s weatherization program has made over the last year. This summer, the Administration expects to weatherize 82,000 homes – 27 times as many homes as were weatherized last summer. Home weatherization saves consumers on average $400 per year in utility costs.
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/administration-kicks-recovery-summer-with-groundbreakings-and-events-across-country

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I would argue that the only reason he has not written as many E.O.s as previous presidents is becuase he gets his shadow agencies to do push his agenda. We will continue to see him act unilaterally and it will probably escalate.

JAGonzo on January 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

To me, it isn’t how many he’s written, but what he’s written them for. Sure Reagan issued 300-400 EO’s, but I am fairly certain they were issued within the limitations of the Constitution. That is where this President veers off the reservation. He uses the EO to bypass Congress, shred the Constitution, and tighten his grip on absolute power. Yes, I agree, he’s a tyrant. As someone who has a strong understanding and appreciation for history, all those it could never happen in America thoughts I have had over the years have come full circle since January 2009. It’s now happening in America.

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Speaking of that, where’s that “Weekend at Bernie’s” Ramirez cartoon Ed brings out every late-spring? We need something to warm us up.

Early expectations are that the advance read of 4th quarter real GDP will be up by a seasonally-adjusted/annualized 3.0% when it comes out on Thursday. Something tells me it won’t make it.

Steve Eggleston on January 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Steve Eggleston:You Rang:)
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Ramirez: Weekend at Recovery Bernie’s!
posted at 7:10 pm on September 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
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http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/03/ramirez-weekend-at-recovery-bernies/

http://media.hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/ramirez-bernies.jpg

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Only $10.10 per hour?

People can’t live on that.

If he has the authority to raise it to 10.10, then he could raise it to whatever he thinks is right.

But he didn’t. And he won’t. Uncaring tightwad.

In addition to not understanding markets, he doesn’t understand what hard work is.

fadetogray on January 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Agreed. I also think the question about him not leaving office is valid. The closer to 2016 we get, the better idea we will have. It is hard for me to see a person like obama just give it all away after he has amassed it.

JAGonzo on January 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Once again Dear Leader is all show. No go.

GarandFan on January 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

June 17, 2010
Administration Kicks Off “Recovery Summer”

For 144 consecutive months of Republican majorities, January 1995 – December 2006, the Employment-Population ratio never dropped below 62%, averaged 63.3%, and ended slightly above average at 63.4%.

THAT is what the Democrats “inherited”.

Now, after 7 years of Democrat majorities, the Employment-Population ratio has been at or below 58.7% for 52 consecutive months (since September 2009)!

ITguy on January 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

If I was the GOP and obama tried to do this, I would get it fast tracked to SCOTUS. Because according to constitution, he can’t do this. ALL spending increases must begin the House

ConservativePartyNow on January 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

1) I could be wrong but arnt Govt contract workers all paid scale wages? (Davis – Bacon)

2) Wouldnt it be a little more productive to work on raising the value of the dollar rather than increasing compensation for work done?

Koa on January 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Agreed. I also think the question about him not leaving office is valid. The closer to 2016 we get, the better idea we will have. It is hard for me to see a person like obama just give it all away after he has amassed it.

JAGonzo on January 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

He’s got nothing holding him back now. Once If they leave office, they can’t vacay on the taxpayers back, so giving that up will be a tough pill for them to swallow.

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Tweets All / No replies

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 17m

Pres Obama has not yet signed the Executive Order to raise minimum wage for federal contract workers.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 28m

The hike in minimum wage is not retroactive. WH says the higher minimum wage will apply to those working on new federal contracts.

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The executive branch negotiates contracts within their authorized spending levels.

This is true, but he also doesn’t have the authority to promulgate a new rule when it comes to government contracting. The LAW actually provides for how those contracts will get awarded. Setting a wage floor is not something that he can simply make happen (constitutionally or legally) with a stroke of the pen.

GWB on January 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Il Duce and Hitler were pikers compared to Obama and his fascist superstate.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“Blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought!”

PackerBronco on January 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Obama is aiming for the Acorn crowd of govt. contracting…

albill on January 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Gotta luv a goon that spends YOUR MONEY so freely

Yep….sprnd’n other people’s money…Ain’t it Grand

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM

NOW I C

sachquash Michelle’s extended (at tax payer expense) Hawaiian vacation was economic development don’t cha know.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Republicans can’t make the case for hot chocolate in Alaska. The children have taken over and are running the island.

MT on January 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Like the novel “Lord of the Flies”? Although in Obama’s case, it should be called “Forward with Lies”.

Steve Z on January 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Barack Obama
2m
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says President Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers; warns against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution – @AP

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says President Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers; warns against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution – @AP

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

What a puss

RandallinHerndon on January 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Shorter Obama:

Hey, taxpayers!

F*ck you! How do you like that?

At some point, I think you’ve made enough money.

Good Lt on January 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Yeah, most people don’t understand that raising the minimum wage for Federal workers is really a tax increase on private sector workers.

The Republicans must expose this for what it is……

redguy on January 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Barack Obama
2m
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says President Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers; warns against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution – @AP

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

So what if he does???
Where does the Federal government steal it’s money from?
From you and me.

Boehner should come out and say that private sector workers are losing
and it is Obama’s fault.

redguy on January 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on January 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

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