Let’s see, how else might Obama drive up unemployment, so as to increase his power base? Here’s an idea: single-handedly jack up the minimum wage for federal contractors:
President Obama is considering using his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, he told Senate Democrats during a closed meeting at the White House.
Obama would raise the minimum wage by conventional means, but Democrats do not control both houses of the legislature. Once again the constitutional division of powers gets in the way, so Obama et al. resort to a work-around.
Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing for an across-the-board hike in the minimum hourly wage, from $7.25 to $10.10. But Republicans are cool to the plan, warning it could hurt the economy.
Although federal contractors receiving minimum wage comprise only a small fraction of employees, summarily raising their minimum wage should help in the campaign to drive up minimum wage across the board. This will have predictable consequences regarding not only inflation, but unemployment, as entry level workers are priced out of the job market.
Driving up unemployment by raising the minimum wage is particularly effective from the Democrat point of view, because it targets people attempting to reach the bottom rung of the economic latter. Those who lose their jobs are likely to find other jobs eventually, even in Obama’s economy. But those who are never able to find their first job make up a natural constituency for the party that relies on those who vote for a living rather than working for a living.
Obama in recent days has vowed to make 2014 “a year of action,” even if it means relying heavily on administrative authority to pursue policy goals in lieu of congressional action.
The Man of Action who cuts through all the tedious limitations on executive power is the central character in any tale of fascism.
On a tip from Jester.