I wonder if the Congress will even bother to counter this move. Who needs a Constitution when you can have an imperial Presidency? Never mind that this will produce the nasty unintended consequence of reducing the number of jobs for which federal contractors must pay a wage. It seems that we (through our feckless elected representatives) are just going to sit back and let this egomaniac do whatever the hell he damn well pleases, regardless of the destruction wrought.
In case you’re wondering about the pen and phone reference to executive orders, see here.
President Obama, in the first of potentially many executive actions tied to his State of the Union address, will unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour, from $7.25, in an effort to build momentum for a minimum wage hike for all Americans.
The executive order, which had been pushed by progressive Democratic lawmakers, applies to all contractors performing services for the federal government and would affect more than 2 million employees, according to an administration official.
The president will then use Tuesday night’s address to press Congress to pass a Democratic plan to increase the overall federal wage to $10.10 over three years, then indexing it to inflation, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers, the official said.
Critics of the minimum wage push claim that raising the rate could have an adverse effect, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers at a time when the government is trying to spur job growth.