If the GOP had any clue they’d just skip this joke of a State of the Union tonight. Let this clown and his barking seals jump up and down and pretend they actually have a clue what they’re doing. Do they really expect us to believe there are federal employees actually making minimum wage? Weird, but we have no recollection of him campaigning on raising the minimum wage, but desperate people will do anything, we suppose.
Newly repackaged, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will deliver familiar content along with some targeted first-time initiatives that both test and illustrate the limits of divided government in an election year.
His message to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday will identify measures where he and Congress can cooperate, and he will press issues that will distinguish him and Democrats from Republicans. He’ll also make a case for acting alone.
Illustrating his willingness to act on his own, the White House says Obama will announce that he will sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for new federal contracts. The measure affects only future contracts, not existing ones, and would only apply to contract renewals if other terms of the agreement changed. As a result, the order would benefit far fewer workers than the number foreseen by advocates of federal contract employees.
In other words it’s meaningless, just like this Lame Dick of a president.
Obama’s go-it-alone approach has already irritated Republicans, some of whom claim he is pushing the limits of the Constitution; others diminish his initiatives as insubstantial.
“He can work with us to create opportunity and prosperity,” wrote Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Or he can issue press releases.”
The approach, some Republicans say, could also backfire by angering GOP leaders who already don’t trust Obama’s administration.
“The more he tries to do it alone and do confrontation, the less he’s going to be able to get cooperation,” said John Feehery, a former top House Republican aide.
Do not cooperate. He’s hugely unpopular, so run against him.