President Obama calls for increase to federal minimum wage
- $9federal minimum wage proposed by President Obama, in his State of the Union address tonight – the current federal minimum wage for an untipped job is $7.25 per hour.
Right now, leaders from business, law enforcement, faith communities, all agree. Now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform. Now is the time. Time to get it done.President Obama, calling for comprehensive immigration reform, subsequently citing his administration’s increase of “boots on the ground” along the Mexican border. He did seek to strike a balance between liberal and conservative dialogues on immigration, however, stating that undocumented immigrants would go “to the back of the line.”
Now is not the time to gut these new job-creating innovations… today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re poised to finally control our own energy future. …But for the sake of our children, we must do more to combat climate change.President Obama, segueing from praising increases in American oil and gas production, to speaking more solmenly of the dangers of climate change. Obama cited the recent glut of hottest years on record, and referenced numerous, unusually forceful weather incidents – Superstorm Sandy among them – as reasons he will seek to wield executive power to act on climate reforms, even if congress passes.
We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science, and act before it’s too late.President Obama on climate change
I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.President Obama, rejecting the notion of cutting Social Security to balance the deficit
These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would decimate or military readiness, education, research… it would certainly hurt our recovery.President Obama, speaking out against the looming sequestration budget cuts. He also condemned the thought of holding off on the defense cuts, while still enforcing cuts to programs like Social Security: “That idea is worse.”