Tuesday, June 30, 2015


President Obama’s overtime initiative is a proposal to force employers to pay overtime. The outcry from the business world was loud and clear. They and their Republican allies act shocked and even insulted he would do this. They vehemently oppose the move because it would increase their cost and cut their profits, which happens to be the objective of what he or she is doing. However, for businesses, this revelation seems to be the surprise of all surprises. Republican presidential candidates’ campaign on the idea there is a growing income disparity in the United States yet they oppose this President’s efforts. Does any Republican ever stop and ask why they take the stance they do? That should be the first question asked of them by the media, yet we never hear it asked. Why is that the case? The answer is at the heart of a political, economic argument. It was the driving force of Republican economic policy succinctly condensed into trickle down economics or Reaganomics. Everyone knows this is a failed policy for everyone but the very rich. Asking a person if Reaganomics is good policy is akin to asking a player if the game just played was a good football game, the answer depends entirely on which players you ask. I like the answer I heard a player who had played to many games without a helmet answer that they won because the got the more points. The problem in this country is that some workers vote Republican. They clearly vote against their interests. Therefore, the question the media and we should ask is why. Why vote for politicians who prevent wage increases or vote for politicians to represent them who criticize President Obama for forcing businesses to pay overtime wages. It makes no sense to me. In the face of income disparity, stagnant wages, no enforcement of OSHA, no holds a placed on “too big to fail” banks, etc., etc. Does it make any sense to you? Don’t give me your answers, examine them for your edification. URL: firetreepub.blogspot.com Comments Invited and not moderated

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