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    Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda - WSJ.com

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public's souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation's policy direction over the next three years.

    Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said.

    He also is expected to announce that some of the nation's largest employers, including Xerox Corp. XRX -4.42% , AT&T Inc., T -1.12% Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT -1.81% and Procter & Gamble Co. PG +1.20% , have signed a White House pledge agreeing not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed when making hiring decisions, according to a draft of the policy and interviews with several people familiar with the matter.



    Let me guess...something about inequality?

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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    With a Supreme Court case looming relating to one such example of him bypassing Congressional authority and attepmting to use unilateral authority, I can see a SOTU focused on his unilateral powers to be a potential Political pitfall. If that case at the SCOTUS goes against him, then a SOTU thumping his chest about his ability to circumvent the checks and balances viewed as essential to our form of government in order to take extensive unilateral action will surely provide ample kindling to those who'd like to make the issue into a bonfire

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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    Emperor Obama?

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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    The danger for Obama to say he will do whatever he feels needs to be done with or without the approval of Congress is the precedence it will set. Some Obama supporters will applaud his "aggressive tone", because they feel he will advance their agenda. But the danger is that someday it might be a POTUS that will be seeking to advance an agenda that you don't like, and it will be the precedence that Obama sets that will allow future Presidents to circumvent checks and balances on a whim. So file this moment away for future reference.
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    His increase in minimum wage for federal contracts should be interesting since Congress didn't appropriate additional funds to pay contracts with the new baseline.

    I don't think he really thought that one through.

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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    His increase in minimum wage for federal contracts should be interesting since Congress didn't appropriate additional funds to pay contracts with the new baseline.

    I don't think he really thought that one through.
    I think this relates to how much the contractors to the government pay their employees, not how much the government pays directly to anyone.

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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    I think this relates to how much the contractors to the government pay their employees, not how much the government pays directly to anyone.
    So last year, a best-bid contract would have been 3 million, and this year its 3.5 million. Congress already did their 2014 appropriations based on last years information. So either the contractor takes the 3 million, and uses less workers, or eats it.

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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    His increase in minimum wage for federal contracts should be interesting since Congress didn't appropriate additional funds to pay contracts with the new baseline.

    I don't think he really thought that one through.
    From what I understand this is more of a talking point then an impactful measure. The increase in minimum wage effects a very small group.
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    Re: Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    With a Supreme Court case looming relating to one such example of him bypassing Congressional authority and attepmting to use unilateral authority, I can see a SOTU focused on his unilateral powers to be a potential Political pitfall. If that case at the SCOTUS goes against him, then a SOTU thumping his chest about his ability to circumvent the checks and balances viewed as essential to our form of government in order to take extensive unilateral action will surely provide ample kindling to those who'd like to make the issue into a bonfire
    It will be a conflagration of his own making. If the President stops trying to chip away at the Constitution, there won't be any kindling.

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