MICHIGAN, January 29, 2014 — President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address last night. He made bold declarations about the accomplishments of his administration and threatened to forego the constitutional legislative process in order to advance his own economic agenda to help the American people.
The president boasted that his administration had “cut the debt by half,” a declaration that excited brief astonishment until it became clear that he had confused debt and deficit. Our national deficit is $17, 305, 114, 140 and growing exponentially by the second. When Obama won the election in November 2008, the national debt was a little less than $10 trillion. This administration has increased our national debt by over $7 trillion since Obama was first sworn into office.
While the president may have been referring to the yearly budget deficit, the larger picture is that his administration has placed our nation in a terrible fiscal bind.
Obama, airing his frustration with congressional unwillingness to pass through his economic agenda, boldly declared, “I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy.” Translation: I don’t care about the rule of law and the powers the Constitution grants to Congress. I am the rule of law.”
The framers of the U.S. Constitution did not intend for executive order to be used to undermine the responsibility of Congress to make laws. Obama is not the first U.S. President to abuse the power of executive order, but no president in U.S. History has so boldly scorned our legislative process and sought so consistently to bypass it by the use of executive orders as Obama has.
The president claimed that “one of the biggest factors in bringing jobs back is energy.” Yet, his administration has waged an unscientific and economically devastating war against coal. The administration’s obstruction to the construction of new coal-fired power plants has drastically cut jobs and increased energy costs for all Americans, but especially the working poor.
Over 100,000 Americans have faced unemployment as a direct consequence of Obama’s rejection of the Keystone Pipeline. The president has been the leading opponent of the Northern Route Approval Act, which would open up economic opportunities for American energy workers.
The president announced that he will issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. He said this will also help the American people get back to work.
The problem with raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees is that the Davis Bacon Act of 1931 already grants them a super minimum wage. It gives union contractors a monopoly on construction jobs funded by the federal government. Moreover , the Davis Bacon Act places a harsh tax burden on the American people, who are paying $15-$18 Billion in extra taxes because of it.
We lose 150,000-200,000 Construction jobs per year because of the Davis Bacon Act’s wage requirements. The president now intends to exacerbate those staggering job loss numbers by means of an executive order.
Obama calls that “help.”
Mr. President, we don’t need your help. We need you to do what Frederick Douglass told the government that emancipated slaves needed them to do; we need you to leave us alone.
“Let us alone altogether! Let us stand upon our own legs, work with our own hands, and eat bread in the sweat of our own brows.” — Frederick Douglass