Posts tagged with SOTU
We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.
Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour.
The ruling of the Supreme Court case of Mass v. EPA (2007) seems to give the POTUS power to issue an executive order in regards to regulating greenhouse gases; in fact, the EPA choosing not to regulate certain greenhouse gases seems to be undermining the Clean Air Act’s intent and rules.
The CAA “requires regulations to protect the public from airborne contaminants known to be hazardous to human health.”
EDIT: I just saw that MY MAIN MAN Chris Hayes addressed this very thing tonight: Hayes, and Rachel Maddow, on Obama’s call for action on climate change.
This needs to be remembered and brought to the surface. We need to act now and we don’t need new legislation to start.
1. Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]
2. The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]
3. Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]
4. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]
5. Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]
6. “In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]
7.Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]
8.Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]
9. One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]
10. 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]