Conservatives are claiming that the President went back in time fourteen years, to the beginning of the Bush presidency so as to use his mind control powers to force the Census to commission a study that in 14 years will lead to the Census changing how it counts health insurance so it can “skew the numbers” to make him look good, just like the way he skewed all the polls before the last presidential election to make it look like he was going to win. Riiiight.
On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.
Mr. Obama’s decision to use his executive authority to change the nation’s overtime rules is likely to be seen as a challenge to Republicans in Congress, who have already blocked most of the president’s economic agenda and have said they intend to fight his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25….
The proposed new regulations would increase the number of people who qualify for overtime and continue Mr. Obama’s fight against what he says is a crisis of economic inequality in the country. Changes to the regulations will be subject to public comment before final approval by the Labor Department, and it is possible that strong opposition could cause Mr. Obama to scale back his proposal.
Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the effort was part of Mr. Obama’s pledge to help workers thrive. “We need to fix the system so folks working hard are getting compensated fairly,” she said on Tuesday evening. “That’s why we are jump-starting this effort.”
The overtime action by Mr. Obama is part of a broader election-year effort by the White House to try to convince voters that Democrats are looking out for the middle class. White House officials hope the focus on lifting workers’ pay will translate into support for Democratic congressional candidates this fall."
Remember how I said that there is worry the Russians might invade the Ukraine? Russian troops are holding “surprise maneuvers” on the border with Ukraine and have their military planes on alert. This doesn’t mean they will necessarily invade, just that they want to be ready to and to make sure people know they can at a moment’s notice. This is why this is the wrong time for the heavy handed threats that the Republicans want us to make and why the statements from the Administration are so carefully worded. This is a time for chess, not checkers, as it were, and the President’s light and nuanced hand on the foreign policy tiller is the right approach if we want to give the Ukrainians time to work things out for themselves instead of Putin imposing his solution.