Obama’s Idealistic View of American Overtime


Have you ever watched a high schooler campaign for class president? To win, a wise candidate will know his audience. He will know that inexperienced high schoolers can be easily duped into believing even the most ridiculous promises. As long as those promises match student interest, the candidate has a decent shot of winning the election.

You’d think that once people graduate from high school and get a few years of the real world under their belt, they would stop falling for empty promises. You’d think they would be skeptical of broad changes to the free market that seem to have no downside. But as President Obama has proven time and time again, liberals are only skeptics when it comes to the Bible. When it comes to fulfilling their utopian vision of America, no dream is too outlandish. As long as the only ones to suffer are Christians or white people or the rich, they’re all for it!

This week, perhaps on a high from several liberal Supreme Court victories, Obama proposed a new overtime policy that could have extraordinary ramifications for the economy. Under his proposal, the income threshold for mandatory overtime would rise from $24,000 to $50,000, making millions of workers eligible for overtime. On the surface, of course, it sounds great. Anyone who falls in the income range between these two numbers should be jumping for joy. If Obama’s policy goes through, they’ll immediately begin making more money. What a coup!

Except, it doesn’t work like that.

“President Obama’s overtime-pay mandate is filled with job-killing incentives that will drastically increase the cost of hiring new workers,” said former Texas Governor Rick Perry. “Government shouldn’t be in the business of mandating how much employers pay, or the level of benefits they provide.”

Oh, but Democrats believe that’s exactly the business government should be in. And they seem unwilling to acknowledge that every time they stick their regulatory nose into the free market, it has unintended consequences. So it will be for this overtime policy.

As shocking as it may be, though, most employers are not going to just bend over and accept an enormous expansion of their payroll. They aren’t going to shrug their shoulders and submit to a rule that will cost them millions of dollars annually. They are in the business of making a profit, and they aren’t going to let some idiot in the White House prevent them from realizing that goal. Instead, they will almost certainly begin slashing hours, ensuring that anyone who would not be eligible for overtime simply doesn’t get that overtime anymore.

If Obama’s goal is to make sure American workers have more free time on their hands, his policy will be a great success. If it is to make Americans richer, though, it will fail. The free market rules all, even when the feds get crazy with their regulatory tape. If there is a loophole – no matter how small – any responsible company is going to find it and exploit it. Ironically, Obama’s overtime rule is more likely to cost workers money than it is to put more of it in their bank accounts.

  1. Croco Dile says

    “….You’d think that once people graduate from high school and get a few years of the real world under their belt, they would stop falling for empty promises…..”

    Ferdinand Lindbergh wrote in his book in 1968 :

    We should find a meaningful term for the masses with reference to their inadequacies of judgment. I propose, therefore, that they be regarded, in varying degrees, as HANDICAPPED, crippled, unable to make sound judgments and decisions in their own self-interest. They live blindly in a system that offers wide although not unlimited free choice and they are unable to choose wisely. They are victims of their own choices. Nobody protects them from themselves ! The masses are handicapped in that they are ready believers in tales and promises of nimbler wits, prone to give credence to the improbable or very doubtful. They believe that some obvious charlatan – a preacher, a politician, a vendor of cheap merchandise – is going to do something very good for them at only a slight fee or absolutely free. At their most extreme these people are the followers of astrologers, spiritualists, religious dervishes and messiahs of all kinds, very often political messiahs. They tend strongly to resist whatever is objectively the case if it does not harmonize with their delusions.

    Gullibility and muddle-headedness are functions of insufficient intelligence. The intelligent person is prone to make significant distinctions, to analyze, compare, reflect and seek out difficulties in proffered propositions whether flattering or promising to himself or not. Skeptical self-analysis is BEYOND the powers of the gullible because they already feel insecure, must (as they say) “believe in something” if only in believing. Intimations of any lack in their judgment are resisted. Hence it follows that they believe whatever ethnic, religious or national group to which they belong is inherently superlative. Having little sense of individual identity, they derive their identity from some extensive tribe – hence White Supremacy, Black Power, God-Jesus, Dallas Cowboys, etc.

    1. Don Berghuis says

      As an intelligent person (BA, Masters, PhD mensa membership), I submit that I examined the evidence and find it agrees with the Liberal/Democrt/Progressive view of our society. Lesser intelligence makes one a tea party acolyte.

      1. Croco Dile says

        Ferdinand Lindbergh was right about you, little Don 🙂
        You are the victim of your own choices.

        1. Jim says

          You are saying he is a pig in mud? You are saying he is a liar? What are you saying?

          1. Croco Dile says

            Go to my first comment and you should understand, Jim.

      2. sturgis says

        The claim of your academic accomplishments, has no bearing on your self claimed intelligence! However, don’t be too distraught. Your demeanor is emblematic!

        1. Jim says

          of what? What is his demeanor emblematic of?

      3. spot says

        Bet your education was not in economics.

      4. JOY IN TUCSON says

        HAH!……and i am an astrophysicist and believe in unicorns…no way would an intelligent person ADMIT to being a dim…

      5. Joe T says

        Once again liberalism so aptly demonstrates that they (you) are lost in the weeds of confusion of the liberal ideology and the forest of lies by Obama on a daily basis 24/7.

        Letting the
        liberals keep thinking their delusional thoughts, hastens the demise of the
        liberal agenda and brings more of their base – the ones who are finally seeing
        the truth behind their rhetoric to the ranks of Conservatives voters. People
        are waking up to the fact that liberal “solutions” do more harm than
        good to our nation, our people and our economy so their solutions are based on
        lies, fabrications and their Gruber mentality that the American electorate is
        stupid, makes poor choices and only they can lead us to the promised land. A
        promised land where the US becomes a 3rd rate 3rd world 2 bit country of
        misery, no hope, no change and divided.

        February 17, 2008,
        reprint – Psychiatrist Confirms: Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder

        As a clinical and
        forensic psychiatrist, Lyle Rossiter has treated over 1,500 patients and
        examined over 2,700 civil and criminal cases. Turning his hand to political
        psychopathology, the author of The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of
        Political Madness, has diagnosed an alarming percentage of the population as
        suffering from the grotesque form of mental derangement known by some as

        The Liberal Mind is
        the first in-depth examination of the major political madness of our time: The
        radical left’s efforts to regulate the people from cradle to grave. To rescue
        us from our troubled lives, the liberal agenda recommends denial of personal
        responsibility, encourages self-pity and other-pity, fosters government
        dependency, promotes sexual indulgence, rationalizes violence, excuses
        financial obligation, justifies theft, ignores rudeness, prescribes complaining
        and blaming, denigrates marriage and the family, legalizes all abortion, defies
        religious and social tradition, declares inequality unjust, and rebels against
        the duties of citizenship. Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods,
        services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure
        everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect
        everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage,
        educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions. Radical liberalism
        thus assaults the foundations of civilized freedom. Given its irrational goals,
        coercive methods and historical failures, and given its perverse effects on
        character development, there can be no question of the radical agenda’s
        madness. Only an irrational agenda would advocate a systematic destruction of
        the foundations on which ordered liberty depends. Only an irrational man would
        want the state to run his life for him rather than create secure conditions in
        which he can run his own life. Only an irrational agenda would deliberately
        undermine the citizen’s growth to competence by having the state adopt him.
        Only irrational thinking would trade individual liberty for government
        coercion, sacrificing the pride of self-reliance for welfare dependency. Only a
        madman would look at a community of free people cooperating by choice and see a
        society of victims exploited by villains. [From The Liberal Mind; The Psychological
        Causes of Political Madness by Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., MD]

  2. MILES E DRAKE says

    This makes perfect sense, as does the intentional shrinking of the labor force and relentless expansion of food stamp and disability benefits. Every American who gets a job and begins paying taxes is a potential regime opponent and every dependent nonworker is a likely regime supporter. Once the Maya and Aztec invasion completes our transformation into one-party Mexamericubazuela and the repressive apparatus of drones and SWAT teams and Jade Helm trains is in place, deceptive government lolly like this will not need to be promised, at least not in English.

  3. 83ragtop50 says

    To be expected from a low-life community organizer who has had life handed to him on a silver platter. Maybe if he had ever been required to hold down a real job he would have a different outlook…. but I doubt it. He was brainwashed before he left the womb.

    1. Don Berghuis says

      Not possible. Brainwashing in the womb results in Republicans.

      1. MAHB001 says

        LOL, “Republicans are brainwashed” is just part of your brainwashing, troll.

      2. Edward J Baker says

        It doesn’t take brainwashing at all to recognize innate truth, natural law, and the sacredness of life. It takes brainwashing to deny it, the sort that libs use to abuse their children.

      3. JOY IN TUCSON says

        it is always fun to have at least ONE joke a day..thanks! it can also be said that every aborted baby would be a democrat..

  4. zrevtom says

    If Obama really wants to help the American people, he should resign PERIOD. Stupidity and ignorance runs rampant in the Obama administration like Ambassadors who don’t know the language or where their assigned country is located, Low level military officers with no experience promoted to Levels of command because Obama has fired or forced into retirement the most capable officers in our military, I think the count is over 200 Generals, Admirals and Colonels, just like any god dictator would do, get rid of your strongest opposition and replace with inferior one who you can control. Muslims in the White House hold positions to make drastic changes to America, Communists and Gays influencing our school and our kids. Newspapers and TV stations who reports on the lies Obama tells and forces them down America’s throat, keep our kids stupid with no morals,
    God is on the Not Allowed list, descent food for lunches are taken away by the FATARSE Michelle Obama, her knowledge comes from where she sits on. Take another vacation on the American taxpayers, she has done less and spent more than any real 1st Lady. Any kid taking Eco 101 would know if you force employers to pay more they will simply make sure you won’t get it no matter what that stupid idiot who went to Harvard, of course we don’t really know if he went there with a C average but when you have Communists and Socialists supporting and then hiding his grades his papers, his place of birth, where and when he got the social security number of a DEAD MAN. only idiots go to harvard these days it is a Progressive cesspool of inept, incompetent professors who think their poop don’t stink only in Obama’s case the stink reaches the high heavens.

    1. gonzales27 says

      Great comment and can also apply to Hillary

      1. bobangelo says

        But you need to realize that he DOESN’T want to help. He hates America and everything it stands for. Every day and every time he opens his mouth, he knocks another brick out of the American way of life. Completely lawless , out of control and getting bolder and more arrogant every minute. He coming after the 2nd amendment next and martial law is probably a stones throw away. Where is Reagan when we need him.

    2. MAHB001 says

      0bama never wanted to help the American people. That is just silly talk..

      Great post.

      1. Ed Shick says

        He hates America and the Christian people , His love is Islam and Communism , When I was working over time saved our family as we had some very large medical bills for that time period , but today it is out of hand !

        1. MAHB001 says

          It has gotten worse since SCOTUScare.

    3. cherokeeman says

      Personally, I think he should bite the bullet.

      1. Ed Shick says

        It seems like it would be a Good idea , but he has a job to do and he is doing great for Islam and Russia which has an Adviser right in the White House , Born in Iran trained in Russia with Valerie Jarrott , Obama his family is all Communist !

    4. Jarhead says

      You avoided mentioning the massive growing corrupt in most (if not ALL?) Federal Agencies.

    5. MARYSWEET says

      obama has no interest in helping the American people. It is his plan to destroy the economy and, in fact, destroy everything about our country.

    6. Jim says

      I am so glad you mentioned the Communists Mr. McCarthy. They are still here after 60 years. We will get them this time for sure.

    7. gonzales27 says

      He has no desire to help the American people,his goal i to destroy it from within

  5. junkmailbin says

    ogayarab is once again buying votes from the dumb. I will give you time and a half, your boss will cut your hours so you do not get overtime, and you will get screwed on taxes as it always has been.
    liberal education has had a disastrous effect

    1. Karen says

      What a sneaky way to increase America’s taxes! Overtime pay is taxed higher than regular pay, or at least will usually raise you into a higher income bracket, therefore, more taxes paid by the American public to support the corrupt government! Slick Willie has made it look like he is doing something for the people, but is really doing something for his regime! As you notice, the government is slowly taking over what is/was our standard freedom in this country and doing it quite successfully!

      1. Don Berghuis says

        Oh, now that makes real sense. I get a raise and thus have to pay more taxes, so I would have been better off getting my wages cut, so I can go into a olower tax bracket and pay less taxes. Huh???

        1. Karen says

          You don’t get it stupid! You work, you pay more taxes! The Government will have more control over you and your employer, plus get more tax money from YOU to spend on, oh I don’t know, his foreign policy ie: giving aide to rouge countries, or maybe buying more rainbow colored bulbs for the White House display!

        2. Mark Lahti says

          Don please. Better to remain silent and let everyone think you’re stupid than to post this stupidity and let everyone know how dumb you are. Can’t fix stupid so better to just keep the pie hole closed.

        3. MRHapla says

          That was a real concern up to the ’60s…if income over $50,000/yr is taxed at 90%, why bother working more, harder or advancing? Same for a “livable” minimum, if you can live off of what a part time high school kid makes,,,you are the problem,,not the job pay scale.

      2. JOY IN TUCSON says

        karen….it has NOTHING to do with economics….and ONLY to do with him letting the ‘little'[ guy get a break…

    2. Jim says

      Just get ready for the next round of layoffs. Remember when obamacare went into effect? That very day there were massive layoffs all over the country. The jobs that were left went to part-time (30 or less hours per week). Now we’re going to further eliminate jobs by changing the overtime laws. Let’s not forget that he’s also in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, which is going to eliminate jobs and cause prices to skyrocket. If the $15 per hour minimum wage comes into being, the minimum wage earners STILL won’t be able to live on it. A loaf of bread will cost around $10, a gallon of milk will be about $15, and so on.

  6. TPS12 says

    We are on the same path as the greeks and we will pay the same price. Thanks to dems who think you can just keep making promises they can’t keep. Votes for now pay the piper later.

    1. Don Berghuis says

      Notice the recent Greek Referendum rejected the austeurty bank sponsore4d plan.

      1. Jim says

        Yep, and the Greeks will eventually go belly up. You can’t keep spending money you don’t have and you can’t borrow your way to prosperity. Nobody is going to lend Greece any more money until they agree to stop all the foolish and wasteful spending and get on a budget. The free ride is OVER, the bills have come DUE, and the Greek government is crapping its pants because they can’t keep delivering on the unrealistic promises they made. Looking at Greece, we can see the future of the USA if we don’t stop all our foolish and wasteful spending. We need to get on a budget and stop trying to provide for those who refuse to provide for themselves. As I’ve pointed out, you cannot continue to spend money you don’t have. Sooner or later, you have to pay back those loans.

        1. Douglas McIntyre says

          We have already evolved into a communist state….when we the people owe the Chinese so much money…We the People Must Work to Pay The Debt of The Government..we are in a communist economic environment. And as time unfolds it can only get worse. More and More people will stop looking for jobs, and Washington will continue to flood the labor market with low level employees…and more will need to depend on hand-outs to feed their families…and we have become Cuba! Driving around cars from long ago, living from day to day and happy to still be alive!!

  7. fred says

    The biggist fraud, grifter, illegal alien ever knows absolutely NOTHING about work or overtime, so he should just resign and STFU!

    1. MRHapla says

      Jail. I want him in jail.

      1. fred says

        I’m in complete agreement, what is the quickest way to get him there?

        1. MRHapla says

          Quick, now there’s the rub.

  8. MAHB001 says

    “Cloward-Pivin strategy called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty””

    Saul Alinsky would do anything to collapse Capitalism.

    Impeach the Alinsky Radical in the oval office.

    1. Mark Lahti says

      Right on MAHB001. As usual you get it, I get it, and a bunch of others get it. It’s just the libs, or socialists that can’t figure it out. But like you’ve said before. It’s not that they don’t get it. It is that this is their plan for destroying the American you and I believed in.

      1. MAHB001 says

        The controllers of the Dem party are EVIL.

        The rank and file Democrats are just followers, and they know not who they follow.

    2. albertbryson says

      You need to remember that Hillary Clinton is also Alinsky follower as well.

      1. MAHB001 says

        0bama and Hillary are one in the same when it comes to Alinsky

  9. Robert S. Allen says

    Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution vests all legislative powers in Congress. Is not a Supreme Court decision outlawing state bans on homosexual marriage itself pretended legislation? Such law-making powers rest only in Congress, not in the Courts or the Executive.

    The same goes for Presidential rule-making (legislation).

    1. MAHB001 says

      In the eyes of God, it is a homosexual union. That is what I am calling it.

      1. Robert S. Allen says

        Great call! Thanks.

      2. 1Clara2 says

        And as such, an abomination. This type of union is a gross sin punishable by eternal damnation. Look it up in the Bible. I think there are nearly 9 references to it, all of which condemn it.

    2. Mark Lahti says

      Yes sir. You got it exactly right. I just don’t understand for a second how the liberals can’t seem to get it. The SC does not have the power to make those types of rulings. It is the same as when Roberts helped rewrite the Obamacare law to make it work for them.

    3. 1Clara2 says

      Basically, that’s what Justice John Roberts said when he stated that this was only the “opinion” of 5 lawyers and nothing more.

  10. Robert S. Allen says

    Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution vests all legislative powers in Congress. Is not a Supreme Court decision outlawing state bans on homosexual marriage itself pretended legislation? Such law-making powers rest only in Congress, not in the Courts or the Executive.

  11. Albert L Biele says

    The original “Freedom of Religion” amendment was predicated on Christian-Judea values, and not on Hinduism, Islam, Buddha, or any of the thousands of religions that exist throughout the world. The intent of the law was to eliminate rivalry among the many Christian/Judea sects seeking freedom from European suppression. That suppression has now reappeared via the Supreme Court and the tyrannical leadership of the present administration.
    The Obama administration knows that they must totally eliminate Christianity in order to pave the way for the anti-Christ and his planned one-world-government. He says he’s a Christian, but supports laws that are contrary to God’s laws, attacks nuns, and has removed Christianity from every aspect of public display, while attending prayer with the Muslims. His goals haven’t changed; to disarm Americans so has to eliminate armed resistance when he initiates executive orders forcing American’s into a “One-World-Government. This man has been positioned by a group of billionaires, to convert America into a third-world-country, but the dead-beats in congress are more worried about the race card, then they are about the country. Our leaders are either brainless dim-wits who have trouble pronouncing the word “TREASON and IMPEACHMENT,” or their part of the plot. Americans had better hold on to their weapons; we have traders in both parties.

    1. Mark Lahti says

      My sentiments exactly. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    2. fred says

      Bravo Albert! If people don’t know their history, or have the education system teaching/lying to us like our children have the brains of a chimp, they will be doomed to repeat the same mistakes again imposded this time by a new cast of criminals running us into the ground, like the illegal alien born in kenya who has declared himself monarch over the country using executive orders!

      1. Albert L Biele says

        Thanks Fred. The problem is, they are not privy to the sacrifices that were made, for the freedoms they now take for granted. They were duped, believing his promise to fundamentally change America, without knowing what those change would be. If the country is still standing, after he go’s, He’ll be remembered as the president who almost destroyed America.

        1. albertbryson says

          They are not teaching the true history of the United States in our schools now . We need to restore that in our schools. We need to get rid of the consolidated big schools and bring back the small community schools in each small community regardless of size.

          1. 1Clara2 says

            That is precisely why I keep advocating Charter Schools because they are smaller and are under no obligation to most of Big Gov’t edicts. There is a school in my neighborhood that used to be a gov’t public school. So many families took their children out of it that it is now a Charter School. Hurrah and Halleluia!!!!!!

          2. albertbryson says

            I do support the charter school concept because the students do receive a better education

  12. PutinOnTheRitz says

    It’s good to see that “FixThisNation” is now campaigning against overtime pay. Now that is what I call standing up for the little guy! Assuming that the “little guy” is the CEO of some company who has seen his pay increase at eight times the rate of his workers. Assuming that the “little guy” is some CEO who believes that the ceiling for eligibility for overtime should remain where it was thirty-five years ago. Because, yes, let’s not do anything to reign in the pay of the fat cats; let’s stick it to the working men and women!

    1. Mark Lahti says

      Another moron who just doesn’t get it. In a free market enterprise system you can not have government dictate how you run your business. These folks will just find another way to maximize profits. It is the same as a $15.00 minimum wage. It is not going to work. It will have disasterous consequences and produce the exact opposite of what the “government” intended. The free market system thrives and produces at it’s best when left alone.

      1. PutinOnTheRitz says

        I’m so pleased to hear someone who doesn’t understand the complexities of the market explain to me why I’m a moron.
        Yes, your simplistic answer might appeal to people who have a limited understanding of the real world. But for the rest of us, who understand that the government already influences everything about the “free” market simply by collecting taxes and/or tariffs and then spending that money on roads, bridges, bombers, etc., know that the “free market system” does not thrive and produce at its best when left alone. One can guess that you know nothing of the “gilded age,” pretty much the heyday of laissez-faire policies. You probably know nothing of Theodore Roosevelt, who correctly recognized that the “free market,” when left to its own devices, produced monopolies like Standard Oil which completely destroyed any notion of competition or that “free market” of which you speak.
        Do you remember the Fifties and Sixties? Hmmm? The economy was humming along pretty well back then, when — relative to now — the minimum wage was much higher, taxes were much higher, and unions were far stronger. And, by the way, CEO pay — relative to the pay of the average worker — was much, much lower.
        Go back to school, dude. Learn something other than simplistic catchphrases.

        1. MAHB001 says

          Dude, the real world is Greece.
          What you are talking about is a Socialist policies.
          Socialist, entitlement policies put Greece where it is at now.
          You want to follow?
          Back in the 50 and 60s the Government was not as intrusive nor near the size it is now. That is why it was humming along.

          Make it simple, anything that expands Government is a socialist policy.

          1. PutinOnTheRitz says

            Dude, the real world is not Greece. At least, not Greece under the Euro. Prior to the EU, the currency of each individual country could rise and fall as needed; that’s the real “free market” in action. The Drachma, for example, might have decreased in value under current conditions to the point where Greek products became less expensive for other countries to import. Greek sales would have gone up and their economic conditions would have resolved.
            Socialism has nothing to do with it. Go look at Iceland if you want to see how the Greek situation might have been handled had they not been an EU member.
            Back in the 50s and 60s, the government was pretty much the same size as it is now, relative to the population. Go read a history book, OK?
            I take it you’re opposed to Social Security and Medicare, as well? And the Interstate system? And the TVA? And the FAA?

          2. MAHB001 says

            Sure, you guys eat your own when they get weak, and obvious.

            Face it dude, socialism isn’t working. The base is far worse off under socialism than Capitalism.

          3. PutinOnTheRitz says

            Can we get serious for a minute? I know you guys are supposed to be hyper-partisan over here, but just indulge me for one minute.
            First, there really aren’t any true “socialist” countries. There are countries that practice “democratic socialism,” which is a different beast. And quite a few of those countries are not only very successful – Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands are three countries that are doing well on all benchmarks, and are three of the countries with the highest “happiness” indexes.

            Yeah, Soviet-style “socialism” doesn’t work. Never has, and will never be adopted in a free-market country. Thought experiment: Go into a poor country, where the wealthiest .01% control everything, and ask “Hey! What do you say we set up a system where everything is shared equally?” The citizens of that country will go for it in a heartbeat, because the majority of the population will gain; only that top .01% will lose.

            Now, try that same question in a capitalist country, like the good ol’ U.S. of A. You’ll be chased out of town by an angry mob. In case the answer isn’t obvious, plenty of us have at least a small piece of the pie, and we have the hope that we might get even more.

            My point is that lots of people sling around the term “socialism” as if it’s the bogeyman, when it’s just one more political/economic theory. I can’t think of a single political/economic theory that, if put into practice on a “pure” basis, would work. Unbridled capitalism doesn’t work; we saw that back in the late 1800’s. Pure socialism doesn’t work, either, as we know. But some combination of the two? Like I said, the “happiest countries in the world” list, as published by Forbes, shows “democratic socialist” countries dominating the top 10. Here’s the list, in descending order: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland.

            We can have these arguments about political philosophy all day long; that’s fine. It’s even a good idea, if we keep it civil. But I’m a pragmatist. I want to know what works, where does it work, and why does it work. I’m not married to any philosophy, and I don’t have knee-jerk reactions to ideas from the right or the left. Which brings us back to this overtime thing, and here we have real-world evidence, empirical evidence. Raising the minimum wage is just plain good for the economy. We already know that. And we’re not even raising it to keep up with inflation; we’re just trying to get it to where it was back in the Reagan years. When I was a kid, you could get by on minimum wage. Now? It’s not possible, and places like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s would go out of business if it weren’t for government subsidies for their employees.
            It might seem wrong; I understand the argument from your perspective. But the evidence is just the opposite. And that’s the end of my post on this subject; I know this crowd all too well. Have a great day, MAHB001.

          4. MAHB001 says

            And have a great day yourself, PutinOnTheRitz…

            I do not have time to compose a proper response, but being a pragmatic myself, I would like to ask the following questions.

            What is “Democratic Socialism?”
            What is a “happiness” index and how does being at the top of that list justify socialism? Why do you use this index as a goal to impose more socialism on the United States?

            There is a reason why Soviet style socialism does not exist.
            “The goal of socialism is communism.” Lenin

            What makes you think that any type of socialism, including your “Democratic Socialism” doesn’t lead to communism?

            You say, “Unbridled capitalism doesn’t work; we saw that back in the late 1800’s.”
            I was not alive in the 1800’s, enlighten me as to why you believe capitalism does not work….

            What real world empirical evidence do you have that raising the minimum wage is just plain good for the economy?

            I am sorry for the short and incomplete response, I promise to get back to this post later.

        2. Karen says

          I don’t see what this has to do with the TPOUS sticking HIS nose into someone/everyone’s business and telling them how they are going to pay their employees! What are you going to accept from him next? Maybe that a working man can only have sex on Saturdays because it interfers with his work performance during the week?

          1. PutinOnTheRitz says

            Yours is an overly simplistic answer to a complex question, and it really has nothing to do with anything. You probably, statistically speaking, didn’t mind when the President stuck his nose into the business of ordinary Iraqi citizens, right? Do you mind that government “sticks its nose” into the business of, say, the meat packing industry to ensure that they don’t sell us contaminated steaks and burgers? Do you mind that government “sticks its nose” into the business of the airline companies to insist that their planes not fall apart? Do you mind that pretty much every government “sticks its nose” into the business of ordinary motorists, to insist that they stop at red lights and drive in the proper lane?
            You probably don’t.

          2. MAHB001 says


            You are comparing apples and oranges.
            Did the President stick his nose into the business of ordinary Iraqi Citizens, or the Iraqi Governments business?
            It is the Governments business to keep us safe, not put clothes on our backs or food in our mouths. Your examples do not apply.

          3. PutinOnTheRitz says

            I’m always surprised by how many people gloss over the Preamble to the Constitution, but here it is:
            We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
            That very long sentence states precisely what the business of the Government is. That’s what you signed on to when you decided to remain (assuming you were born here) an American citizen. We may disagree on the extent to which our government is supposed to “promote the general Welfare,” but it’s right there on that old sheet of parchment paper.

          4. MAHB001 says

            True, we will disagree all day long about the meaning of “promote the general welfare” means. We are both entitled to our interpretations. That is for right now.
            But what we were talking about was comparing apples to oranges. And I find it hard to understand why your comment appears here in this part of the thread…

            So when you applied Bush’s defense of America in Iraq, to 0bama’s meddling in business work ethics it is wrong, and not appropriate.

          5. Karen says

            You apparently miss the point! And NO I didn’t think the president had the right to STICK his nose in to the business of the people of Iraq or any other country! Our system isn’t perfect, why try to fix some other country. As for as government sticking their nose into theses other things that you mention, they are all things that could cause harm if not regulated and should be regulated by some entity, if not government. That does not give the right to allow the government to control how much money a person can make or how he should get paid. This does not require regulation from anyone but the employer who the person is working for! If I work 50 hours a week one week and am on a salary that compensates for when I work those hours, and the next week I take an extra day of during the week and went home 2 hours early on another day that same week and only worked 38 hours at the same salary,( I work salary, that means NOT hourly) who did I hurt that would require the government or any entity to have to regulate this? Government is SUPPOSED to work FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT CONTROL THEM!

  13. cvxxx says

    The real deal will be financial education in all schools. Without the basics of finance most cannot understand what some politician is really saying. Austerity does not work universally. Making states labs for economic experiments is not doing well at all. And is not preparing the nation for a future where many categories of employment are disappearing. The future requires knowledge in areas of study that were ignored. Right now STEM is the big thing. But will it last? Money probably will be around but not in the forms we know. To the current student in High School or College where are the required courses in finance?

  14. Wayne Thorson says

    Wrong, putting more money into the working class people will help the economy. They will go out spend their money and purchase goods which will raise the demand for products. Raising the demand for products is what creates jobs. It is the only thing that creates jobs. Just watch that show on T.V. called sharks and you will learn that the thing those sharks look for is how much demand there is for that product. A person doesn’t have to be very smart to figure this out. Everything in this blog is meant to make Obama look bad. Stop and smell the roses.

    1. Mark Lahti says

      Wayne come on now man. You look old enough to know better. Government can not mandate or dictate how the private market is suppose to work. That is again more socialism. It does not work for the very reasons the author states. Business in the free market system exist to make money, make a profit. Their very structure is designed to maximize their profits. When someone tries to change their business plan or strategy they find ways to get around it or back to where they need to be to make a profit. You can not legislate free market enterprises. It’s not that hard to understand. When several states decided to impose higher taxes and more restrictive regulations on business’s. Those business’s moved to other more business friendly states. Those restrictive states then became more welfare states. They went into debt because their tax base collapsed and they had more people collecting from the state than they did working and paying taxes. It really is economics 101.

      1. MAHB001 says

        Wayne is a troll. I have spent tons of time on him. He will not change.

        1. Reality Check says

          ya but your a moron.
          How could a moron effect change?

      2. Reality Check says

        “Government can not mandate or dictate how the private market is suppose to work”

        ALL economies are governed by government “regulations”.
        Please name ONE country that has a “free market”
        (like that will happen)

      3. Wayne Thorson says

        You are trying to compare apples to oranges. We are not talking about taxes. We are talking about giving the working class a raise. Just look at how much big business has grown. They can certainly start repaying the people that did this for them. Read up on what per cent CEO’s pay has gone up compared to the average worker. This will tell you who should have a raise and it will stimulate the economy.

    2. PutinOnTheRitz says

      Well, Wayne, just because what you suggest has always worked in the past is no reason to try it again! We should stick to things that have never worked. In fact, we should return to the 80’s. The 1880’s, that is…
      Every locality in the U.S. that has raised the minimum wage has seen a dramatic boost in the local economy. Every. Single. One. Keep up the good work, Wayne.

      1. Wayne Thorson says

        Putting more money into the working class will always work. It’s only just plain common sense. Nothing will ever stimulate the economy more than giving the working class a raise.

  15. mickeymike2 says

    According to Hilary, private business doesn’t create jobs, government does. That seems to be the case under liberals. We keep getting more and more people in government. Problem is, the government doesn’t generate wealth. They take the wealth away from private industry to pay the government employees. When that isn’t enough, they print money and create debt. Now you know why we owe more that $18 trillion. Most liberals have absolutely no idea how the economy works or what it takes to run a profitable business. Obama’s only business experience was trying to make non-workers believe that they were entitled what others worked for.

    1. headonstraight says

      Hillary seems to be in agreement with the big time conservative Eric Erickson, whose web site recently reported this statistic on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s accomplishments:

      “Yesterday, Rick Perry gave a speech on economics to unveil his plan. Perry, of course, created 1.5 million jobs while the rest of the nation lost 400,000.”

      So-o-o-o, Erickson believes that government creates jobs.


      A state’s governor, a GOVERNMENT official, “created 1.5 million jobs”??

      A while back, right wingers jumped all over the President when he referred to jobs being created by government. Will they beat up on Erickson, a favorite of the right, for saying the same kind of thing?

      1. MAHB001 says

        Nice play on words soros troll. Quit trying to deceive people and try to gain some of your credibility back.

        Taking credit for jobs created in ones state is what all politicians do, and if you go back and actually listen to Perry you will find that he gives credit to the State, not himself.

        Hillary on the other hand says private business doesn’t create jobs. the Government does.

        If you own a business, YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT.”
        Borock 0bama.

        1. headonstraight says

          Yes, he gives credit to the state. In other words he asserts that GOVERNMENT created those 1.5 million jobs. In case you don’t get it, the STATE is GOVERNMENT!

          1. MAHB001 says

            Wrong again oh bigoted one.

            He give credit to the people of the State, the businesses of the State and claims, rightfully so, that it is a partnership between the State, (your definition) and the businesses and people of the State.

            He would be as wrong as 0bama and your sorry arse to claim that the State created those jobs.
            However he would be correct to claim that Capitalism is FAR more business friendly than the slavery of socialism.

      2. mickeymike2 says

        A government can create the environment for job creation. But when the government does the hiring it is overhead, pure and simple. And it is paid for by taxing others.

        1. headonstraight says

          Erickson did not say that, “A government can create the environment for job creation.” He said that, “Perry, of course, created 1.5 million jobs….”
          Obama was vilified by the wingers when he alluded to jobs created by government, but a big time conservative can say what Erickson said and the right wingers will give him a pass or find some devious way to explain it away. Hypocrisy!

  16. Francisco Machado says

    “Unintended consequences” – A program devised by the Obama administration’s economic advisers and lawyers will produce unintended consequences? I would propose that they know very well what the consequences will be and that they are not unintended. Further, both in analysis and in retrospect, it is generally reasonable despite vast tanker ships of rhetoric that the consequences of Obama’s programs are not unintentional.

  17. Shauna says

    Posting some of the latest CBO report….

    The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007–2009 recession and slow recovery. Between 2008 and 2012, financial turmoil and a severe drop in economic activity, combined with various policies implemented in response to those conditions, sharply reduced federal revenues and increased spending. As a result, budget deficits rose: They totaled $5.6 trillion in those five years, and in four of the five years, they were larger relative to the size of the economy than they had been in any year since 1946. Because of the large deficits, federal debt held by the public soared, nearly doubling during the period. It is now equivalent to about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—a higher percentage than at any point in U.S. history except a seven-year period around World War II.

    If current law remained generally unchanged in the future, federal debt held by the public would decline slightly relative to GDP over the next few years, CBO projects. After that, however, growing budget deficits—caused mainly by the aging of the population and rising health care costs—would push debt back to, and then above, its current high level. The deficit would grow from less than 3 percent of GDP this year to more than 6 percent in 2040. At that point, 25 years from now, federal debt held by the public would exceed 100 percent of GDP.

    Liberals are seriously in some kind of dream world…..dumb fucks.

  18. Obie Miller says

    Our constitution enumerates only certain powers to the federal government. This president, however, is completely ignoring our constitution anytime it differs from what he wants. I can find NO place in our constitution giving him the authority to make this “overtime-pay mandate”. We ALL are required to uphold the law. Does not the law also apply to our president?

  19. JOY IN TUCSON says

    ANYTHING to make it look as though he is concerned about the ‘little guy’…which of course is absurd..

  20. Reality Check says

    Funny that you cons who supposedly are “for the people” want to let people work FOR FREE.

    because the Obama administration wants to fix it.

    such hypocrisy.
    and you wonder why you loose elections?

  21. Bruce Wayne says

    The president is getting exactly what he wanted,POOR people that are going to be dependent on the
    government because NO business owner is going to give anyone over time.This IS the president’s plan!

  22. Michael says

    How can “he” tell business to put people on -overtime? Most business run 40 hours and then finish for the week. Under obama most employers run and employee under 40 hours so how does that work for overtime?

  23. m g says

    His base is already getting overtime pay. Middle management who is being targeted see right through him and his reasoning/

  24. Joe T says

    If POTUS Obama sincerely would have a desire to better the USA he would commit Hari-Kari.
    No one needs him around any longer to muck things up and listen to any further LIES from HIM.

  25. MARYSWEET says

    obama has no business telling private enterprises how to handle their overtime situations. Each company will have different needs and one size DOES NOT FIT ALL. He is butting in where the federal government has no business but then that is all he does is interfere in matters where the federal government should not be involved AT ALL!!!!!

  26. abinico says

    If the free market had its way, we’d all be working for free, as slaves. And let me point out that ‘free markets’ is not an economic concept – it is a self serving political concept. Economics deals with market competitiveness, from competitive to monopoly.

  27. Paul Pray says

    like I have said before, when all these “mandates” like Obamacare, and strict penalties like fines and increase cost and “Hobbylobbies” issue with Obamacare, business should just shut down. The owners need to make a lot of money then sell out and close down. All of them.

  28. Dee Ward says

    Does sound good on the surface BUT….. I have been a “salaried” employee for decades and almost every company I have worked for ignore the CURRENT labor laws for salary exempt employees. The laws only help you if you are willing to accept that you no longer want to work at that company. Even though that cant retaliate they will find something to get rid of you. You also have to be willing to burn that bridge for a positive review to future employers and they can research legal records if you sue. MANY employers will not take you on if they know you sued your previous employer. With good paying jobs becoming fewer and far between most will not risk it. I have a feeling the unintended consequences will be worse than any gains.

  29. jdbixii says

    Wages are nothing more than a reflection of corporate or company profits sufficient to afford them. Overtime is given on the basis of a corporation or company having work to be done which can not be completed during the normal work day. No well-managed company will be affected by the president’s suggestion should it become law. Necessity is still the mother of convention.

  30. organic girl says

    The idiocy of this president is staggering.
    A sane person would guess such behavior and lame ideas came from a 7-year-old.

  31. Joe T says

    Check the last set of statistics!!

    The percentage of each past president’s cabinet… Who had worked in the private business sector…prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is; a real-life business…not a government job.

    Here are the percentages.
    T. Roosevelt………. ….38%
    Wilson ………………….. 52%
    Hoover…………………… 42%
    F. Roosevelt…………….50%
    GH Bush………………….51%
    Clinton ……………………39%
    GW Bush…………………55%
    Obama ………….. ……….8%

    This helps explain the incompetence of this administration: ONLY 8% of them…have ever worked in private business! That’s right! Only eight percent—the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents! And
    these people are trying to tell our big corporations…how to run their business? How can the president of a major nation and society…the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business…when he’s never worked for one? Or about jobs…when he has never
    really had one? And, when it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? They’ve
    spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs. Or… As “community organizers.”

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