Obama vows to act without Congress in State of the Union speech
“President Obama warned Congress he won’t wait to take action on his agenda, vowing in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill. ” - NBC
Associated Press: In his State of the Union address, President Obama vowed to take steps without Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between the wealthy and poor.
He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal contract workers and making it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.
"America does not stand still and neither do I," Obama declared in his annual prime-time address before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television.
“Fun Fact: Obama’s Executive Order mandating Federal Contractors pay a wage of at least $10.10, stands unnecessarily in contrast to the Davis-Bacon act, which “establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects for laborers and mechanics.”
Additionally, in 2013, state and local government workers earned an average of $42.09 an hour, while Federal workers earned on average $83,769 per year, or about $40 per hour, similar to most state and local workers.
TSA Officers, some of the lowest payed Federal employees, still make upwards of $12 on average, or about $25,000 a year.
Keeping in mind that Federal employees on average already make much more than $10.10 an hour, my question then, Mr. President, is how is your “bypass of congress” not a completely pointless and redundant political ploy to shift attention away from drone strikes, warrantless spying, the blunder that is Obamacare, and your egregious expansion of Executive Power?” - Source
The NSA, fully funded and operational, won’t have any problem continuing to map our social and associational patterns. The FBI will still map ethnic communities and spy on peace and justice activists. The CIA will go on plotting and executing its extrajudicial drone killings in places like Pakistan and Yemen. The DEA will still use NSA intercepts to sneakily forward drug prosecutions while hiding from judges and defendants the intelligence that sparks investigations. Customs, Border Protection will go on harassing Muslims and immigrants at the border, humiliating citizens and visitors alike for no good reason. ICE will continue to deport and detain immigrants, tearing families asunder. The surveillance state will go on, ‘protecting’ a shell of a civilization. We might not be able to eat, but at least someone will be watching us starve.