For a long time I have been suspicious that emerging from the recession wasn’t good for everybody. It seemed like a positive thing for the president. He said it was what he wanted and still talks obsessively about bailing us out from the “worst economic crisis” since the Depression. Still, it must have been painful to try to fix something that dumped so many excuses for spending on hardworking people into his newly-elected lap.
It should not be a shock that President Obama sees workers as a collective instead of individuals pursuing goals and careers. He has a habit of viewing things from the left. Somewhere below his Oval Office perch employees fill slots in an economy he still wants to engineer. This was painfully evident in a talk about skills training at a community college in Michigan.
Trying to connect the dots between housing, equality, and success in a way that makes sense is quite a stretch, even for Barack Obama. Our incomes are not secured by our equal protection rights. Neither are our houses, though they had a lot to do with the bad mortgages for unaffordable dreams that helped cause the president’s Great Recession.
A pack of cowardly hypocrites just sold out their hero president, betrayed their agenda, lied to the American people, and it all happened in one day over a trade bill. We probably shouldn’t expect anything better from Democratic Party members who have to look to the future and answer to their union and special interest overlords as election season nears.
It is highly unlikely that McDonald’s corporate elite were quaking in their boots when a horde of Fight for $15 derelicts descended on the company’s headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois. Most of us were working that day so we couldn’t join in on the fun. Besides, protesting for higher pay is for idiots. There are better ways to occupy your time that will achieve the same thing.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez is carrying on the Hilda Solis tradition of reassuring illegal workers that breaking the law by working in the United States is not something that should interfere with their labor rights. While we wait for Barack Obama to make good on his threat to pull an immigration order out of his trick bag, the Labor Department is doing its part to let “at-risk” illegal workers know that they deserve a better life just by coming to America.
Is America still in a recession, or is the problem that we have not dedicated enough funding to poor people with the flimsy excuse that we are helping the middle class recover?
No one likes to admit it, but poor people are not good for rousing sympathy from taxpayers, especially when calls for more spending are politically motivated.
Why would anyone want to work in an economy where hard work has great value and a minimum wage increase is the reward? The kind of hard work politicians and activists are using to try to force a minimum wage increase is not effort directed at something the economy values.
Paying too much for hard work that requires no skills should not be one of our goals.