State of the Union: Obama, the rich, the poor and California

In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is expected to talk about the gap between rich and poor Americans. He has benefited himself. At the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, his credit cards were maxed out and he had difficulty renting a car.

Then Democrats promoted him at their 2004 convention, he landed in the U.S. Senate, became a presidential candidate, sales of his books took off, and he became a multimillionaire. Nice work if you can get it.

Meanwhile, under him real wages — for middle-class and poor folks — have dropped 3.2 percent during his presidency.

Income equality also is the excuse for action California. Reports the Chronicle:

“When state voters cast their ballots in November, they could be making decisions on several measures intended to bring the income levels of rich and poor closer together. They include a cap on hospital executives’ pay, more taxes on oil companies and a higher minimum wage.”

If those pass, here’s what would happen:

  • Cutting hospital execs’ pay would encourage the best of them to leave the state, making our hospitals less efficient, possibly killing some patients.
  • Taxes on oil companies would be passed on to drivers through higher gas prices at the pump.
  • A minimum wage would destroy tens of thousands of jobs, as companies unable to make the higher payrolls closed their doors or, if they could, moved to other states and countries.

What helps

What really helps the poor and middle-class is what President Reagan did in the 1980s:

  • Cut taxes.
  • Cut spending.
  • Cut regulations.

Executive action

But that’s not going to happen. The president wants to keep Obamacare perking as his legacy. He needs its tax increases to fund its regulations and spending.

And he’s now unilaterally imposing new regulations through executive fiat:

“But he doesn’t like to do this, does he?” the NPR host asked Podesta.

“Uh, I think he’s warmed up to it,” Podesta replied, laughing.

“And I think you’ll see that across a wide range of topics, including retirement security, moving forward on his climate change and energy transformation agenda,” said Podesta. 

“There’s a lot that he has the authority to do that’s vested in him under the laws of the United States and his constitutional powers, and I think that he’s looking forward to a year of action, and I think he’s looking forward to tonight (when he gives the State of the Union speech) as a breakthrough year where he can lay out some of these practical, concrete ideas that will get people onboard a stable economic footing and see their wages going up for the first time in a long time,” said Podesta. 

Actually, such dictatorial powers are not “vested in him.” But who follows the Constitution any more?

Government workers

One group seeing its wages increase is government workers:

President Obama, in the first of potentially many executive actions tied to his State of the Union address, will unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour, from $7.25, in an effort to build momentum for a minimum wage hike for all Americans. 

The executive order, which had been pushed by progressive Democratic lawmakers, applies to all contractors performing services for the federal government and would affect more than 2 million employees, according to an administration official.

Of course, that’s easy to do if the costs are passed on to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, Congress, and the American people and democracy have become superfluous as the country gets poorer by the minute. That’s the state of the union.

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  1. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit
    The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit 28 January, 2014, 13:06

    I truly look forward to another wonderful speech and plan by the President. Except for the do nothing congress, this has been a great Presidency!

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    • Dyspeptic@yahoo.com
      [email protected] 29 January, 2014, 09:14

      [gratuitous insults deleted….]

      The correct reaction of any sane and decent person to yet another Obushma harangue is…. Yawn.

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      • Dyspeptic
        Dyspeptic 29 January, 2014, 13:21

        If you are going to edit my comments because they offend your delicate sensibilities that’s fine but at least be fair and consistent about it. On this same page Ted Steele has called other commentators “clowns”,”moronic”, “low class” and “racist” AND THOSE COMMENTS ARE STILL POSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        If Ted’s comments were edited properly they would all have to be deleted for lack of substance, irrelevance and petulant insults. Then maybe we could focus on discussing the actual content of the articles.

        And publishing my email address is very petty and malicious. Apparently this website has the same respect for privacy as the NSA.

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  2. billyBS
    billyBS 28 January, 2014, 13:26

    Go Planet climate. Change.

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 28 January, 2014, 15:19

    I love watching the State of Confusion Address in January. It’s like a free ticket to Kabuki Theater. Where nothing you see is real. All an illusion. Make-believe. A bunch of scoundrels smiling and back slapping one another screwing the nation deeper into the ground. Another year older and $17 trillion in debt.

    The SOCA is definitely the best group performance of the year when the team that wears different colored jersey fool the viewers into believing that we have an adversarial political system which governs based on the national interests versus individual interests. lol. I nominate John Boehner in advance for a lead male supporting role. Watch him in the background tonight snarl as Obama speaks, while Boehner has bent over and grabbed his ankles for practically everything Obama has asked for in the last 5 years. And the Republicans continue to allow Boehner to rule in the House he races to legalize 11-25M illegal foreigners who broke into our country and stole American jobs!!! lol.

    Watch all the dems jump up and clap like seals when Obama celebrates ObamaCare! lol. He’ll say that 2M Americans have signed up for ObamaCare. But he won’t tell you that 1.5M of those Americans are getting it for free or are 80-90% government subsidized!!! lol. And he won’t tell you that the young healthy ones needed to sustain ObamaCare AREN’T signing up!!!! And he won’t tell you that if you are 55-64 years old low-income with assets and are forced into medicaid that when you die many states can seize your estate and extract what they spent on you prior to your estate going to your heirs!!! And he won’t tell you that after the 2014 elections that many corporate policies will be ineligible for ObamaCare since they don’t meet the minimum standards and you will be forced to go to the exchange to pay higher premiums for benefits that you don’t even use!!!

    And Obama won’t apologize to you for claiming that ObamaCare wasn’t a tax before it was approved in 2010 and became a tax!!!

    Tune into tonight’s Kabuki Theater – where reality meets illusion and nothing you see has meaning.

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  4. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 28 January, 2014, 16:19

    The only real way to solve the health care crisis in America is to dissolve the monopolies that exist in the US healthcare industry by revoking the anti-trust exemptions enjoyed by so many US health care conglomerates. Big business has paid off the lawmakers to enact laws that provide anti-trust exemptions to privileged industries for which other industries would be prosecuted under the Sherman and Clayton Anti-Trust Acts. There is a reason the US spends 18% of our GDP on healthcare while other 1st world nations only spend 10%-12% of GDP. It’s because we Americans are subsidizing healthcare for the rest of the civilized world. That’s the reason we are charged more for American made pharmaceuticals in America than they are in Europe. We subsidize them. That’s the reason major surgeries are 40%-75% cheaper in Singapore, Thailand, India, South Korea than they are in America. Their hospitals are equipped with the same devices that we have. They offer robotic surgeries. Many of their docs are American trained. We pay more to subsidize them. That’s the reason the reimportation of US made pharmaceuticals is against the law. It keeps our prices higher in the States to pay for the research and development – which the other nations get for free. It’s the same with medical devices. The Euros pay one price. We pay another. And it’s passed on to the consumer in form of higher insurance premiums.

    Let’s face it. The US medical system was a train wreck even before ObamaCare came along. ObamaCare just made it worse – as it placed more of the financial burden (in form of taxes) on the productive consumer. Don’t forget, the pharmaceutical, medical device and insurance corporations (and medical provider associations) wrote ObamaCare. The politicians just signed off after the lobbyist’s checks cleared the bank.

    We need to face what’s really going on if we want to change it.

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 28 January, 2014, 20:24

    Yep. As expected. More smoke and mirrors. Obama took ZERO accountability for all his screwups that forced his approval ratings to plummet below 40%. A true narcissist. Everything was someone elses fault. That’s why I have ZERO respect for Obama as the POTUS. Respect isn’t automatic. Respect is earned. Respect can’t be forced. Especially in a free society. If you don’t earn it – you don’t get it. Period. And Obama simply hasn’t earned our respect, mostly due to his routine dishonesty and being a completely different man than he represented himself to be when running for office. Like a Jeckyl and Hyde.

    I loved how out of one side of his mouth he said the Afghanistan war was coming to an end and from the other side of his mouth said US troops would remain over there to 2024 and beyond! lol.

    Oh, and he used that same lame old line that “our immigration system is broken”. It sure is. It’s because Obama has FAILED at his inherent responsibility to enforce our Federal laws. E-Verify would solve the problem in less than 1 year. Fine each employer $10,000 per illegal on the first offense. 2nd offense throw the employer in jail. 75% of the illegals would self-deport in 1 year or less.

    But they don’t want solutions. They want to saturate your neighborhoods with millions of illegal indigents living 15 to a household and force you, via taxes, to pay for their education and medical care while they steal your jobs and suppress your wages.

    And as long as we continue to allow illegals to saturate our country Mexico and the other banana republics will continue reproducing 8 to a family and sending their undesirables across the northern border for America to feed, house, educate and provide medical care. You don’t see any illegal doctors or scientists or CPA’s or architects or computer programmers sneaking across the border, do you? Nope. We get all their undesirables. And you are forced to pay for them. And then Gov Brown can’t understand why our poverty rates climbs higher and higher. lol.

    Insanity.

    This is insanity that no other civilized citizenry on Planet Earth would be forced to tolerate. Pure insanity.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 28 January, 2014, 21:56

      Did anyone get a count on how often Oblamy used the word “quality” for each of his proposed give-a-ways?

      We have an inept fool running the nation!! 🙂

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    • Ted Steele, Manager
      Ted Steele, Manager 31 January, 2014, 13:47

      WOW THAT was a loooong Doomer rant even by El Backpeddleo’s standards!

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 28 January, 2014, 21:04

    Groan.

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  7. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2014, 22:08

    Oblamy offered to give the store away tonight, free, free, free, and with every free came the demonrats insane applause, the sign of outright lunacy from the lefties.

    The rasict POTUS made the statement to give “people of color” special help, at the expense to whom? Is White not a color? I am not the only one that heard him offer free boob jobs for all the hard working women? This POS POTUS is the most disgusting in American history!! 🙂

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 28 January, 2014, 23:20

      Donkey – did you hear Obama say that he’s going to use his presidential executive powers to bypass the authority of Congress? And after he said it the same morons that he intends to supercede jumped to their feet and gave him a standing O!! I watched in disbelief. Basically these idiot congressmen are consenting to surrender our check and balance system to a conniving dictator and are essentially promoting rule by decree! This is the antithesis of our basic American principles of leadership! We’re supposed to be a Constitutional Republic with 3 branches of government! Not a monarchy ruled by some freak on a power trip!

      Oh, and then he blathered on about stimululating the middle class again! lol. Yeah, like with his shovel ready job Stimulus Bill back in 2009! lol. After which the rich got richer and the poor got poorer! lol. Does he think he’s talking to a bunch of 3rd graders?

      Oh, and legalizing 11-25M illegals is sure going to create jobs for unemployed American citizens, isn’t it? What a great job creation plan. To bring in more illegals to steal whatever $12/hr jobs are left from the black community who suffer a 35% unemployment rate for working aged males!!! lol!!! Yeah, that’s the ticket to prosperity for middle class America! lol!

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 29 January, 2014, 16:59

        The demonrats were dancing to their pied piper, just like Chaz Steals clinging to his every word, sad that so many conniving fools can have their strings pulled by an idiot with such ease. 🙂

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 30 January, 2014, 06:57

      Be careful Duncey— don’t let your rant spital ™ short out your keyboard!

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  8. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 29 January, 2014, 06:59

    lol

    It’s too bad u two clowns will never amount to even the Presidents, assistant deputy back up dishwasher.

    But please keep the low class, moronic, barely latent racist dull-normal Fox drivel coming, you fit right in here with the bloggers and 98% of the posters. Well, heck, you two a– clowns ARE 98% of the posters!

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    • The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit
      The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit 29 January, 2014, 08:59

      My Fellow Trools-

      Did u happen to catch the Repub speech after? Yikes what a complete waste of space. No rebut except to say that they have “plans”! LOL— Oh my!!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 29 January, 2014, 16:54

      Chaz Steals the term “people of color” used by your race baiting president and your remarks are the only things said that are “racist” my misogynist bigoted pal. It is your guru that is taking the low road of race and class belittling.

      It’s a total joke when all you can do is regurgitate the crap you pull off of your lame left leaning sites. I have never seen you post an original thought anywhere, you are a slave to stealing for your own benefit, a real RAGWUS feeding sow. 🙂

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  9. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 29 January, 2014, 10:32

    To show you what a failure the Obama administration has been, only the top 5% in the nation generated an income increase adjusted for inflation. Remember all that malarkey about the mutli-hundred billion dollar Stimulus Bill to create shovel-ready jobs and elevate the middle class! LOL!!! Nothing but hooey. The middle class CONTINUES to drown in higher costs of living (due to credit expansion and inflation not being reported in the gov numbers) while their wages remain stagnant or even decrease!

    Obama ADMITTED this last night. He ADMITTED that the only segment of the population that’s shown an increase in wealth is the top 5%. So he ADMITTED that his previous stimulus programs were FAILURES and that he as a POTUS is a FAILURE.

    Oh, and he talked about the student loans!!! LOL!!! Naturally he doesn’t tell you that the cost of an education at a decent American university is HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!! The banksters and the university presidents convince the young kids that it’s in their best interest to accept a $50,000 loan from Mr. Banker (who doesn’t have to eat the loss if the kid can’t repay the loan – the TAXPAYERS eat the loss since it’s federally guaranteed!) and fill the seat for the university president who pays his staff fat salaries and pensions. So the banker gets his money. The university president gets his money and gets his seat filled. The stupid kid gets caught holding the bag and paying 5x’s the amount for his education than what it should actually cost if the banker and the university president weren’t part of a PROTECTED MONOPOLIZED industry. And if the kid can’t pay off the loan with his $12/hr job after college the TAXPAYERS get stuck with the default!!! LOL!!!

    Oh, btw, the kid can’t declare bankrupcy on that student loan either like most any other debt. It follows him for life. That’s by FEDERAL LAW. Bush 2 was responsibile for that. So they suck the poor kid in at 19 and make a debt slave out of his for the rest of his life.

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  10. Ted Steele, Manager
    Ted Steele, Manager 29 January, 2014, 11:20

    LOL– THE ABOVE TOME is yet another rant that I will never actually read.– The Mngmnt

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  11. billyBS
    billyBS 29 January, 2014, 16:52

    Two years from now, California will have more illegals on Obamacare than citizens. It will be appropriate to brag that 5 million undocumented are covered. Cool! On to the next fairness project.

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  12. Donkey
    Donkey 29 January, 2014, 20:14

    Obama has shown the nation that a man that has never ran a business or held a private sector position that paid a wage has neither the ingenuity, skill, or intelligence to devise a law that would be able to provide healthcare coverage to the average American at a price that would be fair to all. This fool was elected by fools and his Law was written by the same type of fools. What was it that one of his cretins said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” The thought process we see in a nut-job like Pelosi or Reid is posted everyday by the likes of Chaz Steals. 🙂

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 29 January, 2014, 22:34

      They knew what was in it, Donkey. Obama knew. Pelosi knew. Reid knew.

      Dem Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) did an interview on the show THIS WEEK back in Nov. 2013. She admitted during the interview that “WE ALL KNEW”, when asked whether or not they knew ObamaCare would result in the massive cancellation of insurance policies BEFORE ObamaCare was passed.

      They KNEW what would happen as a result of ObamaCare and lied anyway (“If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it”) so that it would pass without interference from the American people.

      Google (“Gillibrand, “We all knew”) and watch the short segment of the interview for yourself. They willfully lied to us to pass the ObamaCare law. It’s all on video straight from the lips of a US Dem Senator from NY.

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 January, 2014, 21:31

    The President nailed it……Republicans picking on women as usual…..people of color have no seat with the power elites…..he is gutting it out while dealing with some uncaring characters!

    Just read the loons’ posts in this thread exclusive of climate expert Teddy……some bad stuff…..

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 30 January, 2014, 06:54

      Well said U—- The Repubs war on women, minorities and the poor is an epic struggle— just look at the rant spital flying out of the mouths of the slack jawed tea bag yokels out here!

      Oh my! ™

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 30 January, 2014, 15:42

        Here’s my buddy Chaz Steals the misogynist cretin posting his low life bigoty for all to read. Did White pick on you Chaz? Where does your hate for Whiteman come from Chaz Steals? It’s clear you hate Whitey!! 🙂

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 30 January, 2014, 15:43

      Dance to change the weather UU, dance!! 🙂

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  14. Donkey
    Donkey 31 January, 2014, 10:27

    This is how people outside the RAGUS really see Oblamy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7mYg6Gt15o&feature=player_embedded

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    • Ted Steele, Manager
      Ted Steele, Manager 31 January, 2014, 13:49

      Poor Duncey—- seems so confused.

      PLEASE type at least ONE clever post.

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      • Ted Steele, Manager
        Ted Steele, Manager 31 January, 2014, 13:50

        Sorry little buddy I won’t be watching your clever you tube cut n paste……sorry. I am sure El Collapso will though!!!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 1 February, 2014, 16:53

          You watched if Chaz Steals, you just can’t stand the truth of it my little misogynist puppet, now dance to change the weather little one! 🙂

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          • Ted Steele, CEO
            Ted Steele, CEO 2 February, 2014, 18:03

            Why do you hate women exactly?

            And why exactly won’t you cut down your carbon loading to help change the planet? Is it because you actually believe Glen Beck over NOAA and NASA?

            Hurry!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 2 February, 2014, 21:53

            Chaz Steals, you are the misogynist, I love all women at all times.

            Your weather worshiping to control the atmosphere is a fraud akin to worshiping the moon god of allah Steals. Save your caveman habits for your left leaning friends you RAGWUS parasite. 🙂

          • Ted Steele, CEO
            Ted Steele, CEO 3 February, 2014, 08:18

            Youre a misogynist?

          • Donkey
            Donkey 5 February, 2014, 11:16

            You got close to spelling “you’re” correct my GED misogynist sidekick, missed by a hyphen though!!

            Just so you understand TCS, I am a lover of all women, you on the other hand feel Parker and Randle were justified in murdering Ashley MacDonald 🙂

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