Obama gets warning from Boehner, requests from FilAms before SOTU

By Henni Espinosa and Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 28, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – In his State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight, the White House said President Barack Obama is announcing his plan to use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.

During his speech, the President is reportedly stressing his willingness to use executive action, if Congress fails to act on his proposals for 2014.

President Obama failed to get many of his priorities in 2013 approved by Congress, setting back his calls for more jobs, stricter gun control laws and the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform.
“The president has embraced the idea that in the past he can use his authority as president and the powers available to the president to advance his agenda on behalf of the American people,” Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary said.

But House Speaker John Boehner warned the president today, to think twice before bypassing Congress.

While he admitted that President Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage of federal workers, Boehner said his executive order will not cover the millions of employees who work for the federal government.

Boehner pointed out, “Let’s understand something: this affects not one current contract. It only affects future contracts with the federal government so I think the question is, ‘How many people, Mr. President, will this executive action, actually help?’ I suspect the answer is somewhere close to zero.”

The Republican speaker warned the president that the GOP will be watching him, to make sure he does not go beyond his authority with other executive decisions. He also reminded President Obama that he took an oath to obey the tenets of the constitution.

Other members of the GOP are on the edge. Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said, “It sounds vaguely like a threat and I think it also has a certain amount of arrogance in the sense that one of the fundamental principles of our country were the checks and balances.”

Rather than risk alienating Republicans, some political experts said President Obama should focus on bridging the gap between parties.

After all, they said executive actions cannot replace passing bills through Congress, because acting alone will only provide limited relief for Americans — who have been waiting to see lasting change in the country.

Year of Action

“It’s going to be year of action!” – This is a promise President Obama made to people in America for 2014.

Some kababayans here said they will be listening to President Obama, as he reveals his actions plans during his SOTU.

The most pressing issue for many Filipino-Americans is fixing the economy. More than eight million people who lost their jobs during the recession are still unemployed.

“We want to make sure that everybody is able to advance, that nobody gets left behind, as the economy moves forward,” Ben de Guzman, a jobless Filipino, said.

Meantime, Pinay instructor Bernice Caliwagan said President Obama needs to keep his promise to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour.

She said, “It will be a big help for me because I can have extra money for my daily commute. I can also use that money to send to my loved-ones in the Philippines.”
But community advocate Ria Ortiz argued that $9 an hour is still not enough — especially for people living in big cities like New York.

Ria Ortiz of Damayan Migrant Workers Association said, “We’re calling for a $15 minimum wage now. That’s what’s right. That’s what’s just for our community and for everyone.”

But New Jersey small business owner Mike Urbino said that when the state raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour this month — It impacted his company.

He reasoned, “We are a very new company. When that new law took effect, we had to make adjustments to our workers’ salaries. That impacted our budget.”

Despite this new challenge, Urbino refused to increase the prices at his restaurant.

Urbino said, “We have to sacrifice a little so we can keep our competitiveness and maintain the quality of the food we serve.”

He added that during his SOTU, President Obama should also talk about how he plans to support and provide more incentives to small business owners who can provide employment to people.

After all, he said, the more small businesses grow, the more opportunities they can give their workers.

Filipino-Americans here said they hope President Obama’s SOTU would not only be filled with promises, but with concrete steps on how to make sure those promises are kept.

You may contact Henni Espinosa and Don Tagala at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com and don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • noz
    28 January 2014 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    anybody who believe this POTUS must believe “if you want to keep your doctor, you can keep it”. BO is into emotional rhetoric speeches without executions, that turn into favorable results. all his talk of raising the minimum wage is like a never ending catch up for anybody. raising the minimum wage will raise the prices of products for consumers, be it food, transportation, clothing, shelters, etc, thus the raised minimum wage will not be enough for the raised cost of consumer goods, so then what?, but back to square one, screaming to raise the minimum wage. BO calls for minimum wage is nothing but full of hot air to rally his ignorant base.

  • JD
    28 January 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Obama, can’t do anything for the next three years, he is a fish out of the water ? Believe me the illegally people will be going home faster than you think ? Raising the minimum wages he’s a big clown, he only will put Small Bus, to close up ! He sounds like someone crying for Help !

  • Jessie
    29 January 2014 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Exec authority plan to raise the minimum wage for FEDERAL CONTRACT workers to $ 10.10. Boehner is correct present Fed contract workers already signed an employment contract. So this rate is a plan for future hire on Fed contract workers. Take note; City&County workers, private and business sectors not included. His speech on minimum wage is only “palabas lang”..If ever Congress will pass a bill for $ 10/ hr. minimum wage, the cheapest Hamburger will be $7-10. Food stamps will buy less there will be price hikes on medicines, transportation etc.

    • Delia
      29 January 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

      The true minimum wage, when by government fiat is raised, is zero dollars per hour as a consequence of raising the minimum wage, under any economic circumstance, is employers will be forced to trim their workforces.

      The down and dirty simple economics of minimum wage hikes specifically and hikes in the minimum wage in general are as follows:

      Business owners are not obligated to take less income home after a hike and most will take steps necessary to preserve their income. They will do this one of two ways.
      1. Lay off employees
      cut total individual hours to avoid paying other ancillary costs like health care benefits, retirement benefits, etc.
      2. Raise prices
      As a result, in the economy at large, unemployment will go up, costs will go up and disposable income will go down.

  • Delia
    29 January 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Once again, the state of the Union speech failed to encourage people, Obama is the same deceptive, self-centered, bully!

  • catholic_against_extremerightwingers
    29 January 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Delia and Noz, my online adversary still alive?

    Obama won. Conservatives are bitter, due to the craftiness of the speechmaster. They will now throw a hissy fit, whine and complain like little schoolgirls, and glue to FUX “news” for pre-determined talking points, comforting themselves with the word “failed”.

    Let’s see.. Compared to 2008 when Bush left us with the biggest financial catastrophe since the great depression.

    Upside
    Jobs up, home starts up, unemployment down, stock market at highest levels ever, GM and auto makers back on track, highest oil production in north america ever…. Out of Iraq.. Soon out of Afghan..

    Downside
    Not enough legislation to hold accountable giant stock traders from abusing the process. Insider trading still an issue. giant lobby groups control money.. manipulating every local, regional, national election.. A do nothing congress, whose only agenda has been to say no… a growing 3rd party who has delusions around what it takes to make this country work, spoon fed by Koch bros. who use the minions they purport to support.

    Hmm.. Are we better off than we were when Bush crushed our economy…???

    • noz
      30 January 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

      BO WON WITH THE 50% WELFARE RECIPIENT VOTERS, HE BOUGHT ON HIS FIRST TERM, MAKING AMERICA THE WELFARE NATION, GAYS, PRO-ILLEGAL ALIEN HISPANICS, GAVE THEIR VOTES TO BO FOR THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST, NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. IT WAS A 49-51%, BO WITHOUT MANDATE, MAKING THE NATION DIVIDED.

      DEMOCRAPS FRANK/DODD SPONSORED THE SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE, CAUSED THE HOUSING BUBBLES TO COLLAPSE THE ECONOMY UNDER BUSH 43RD, WHOSE FAULT WAS, HE DID NOT VETOED THE DEMOCRAPS IDEOLOGUE OF ALL MUST REALIZE THE AMERICAN DREAM OF OWNING A HOME. BUSH 43RD WAS LABELED AS ANTI-AMERICAN DREAM OF OWNING A HOME WITH HIS AGAINST THE SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE, AFFECTED THE GENERAL HARDWORKING AMERICANS, WAS NOT PURSUED BY BUSH 43RD WITH HIS VETOE.

      STOCKS RISE ARE CORPORATE PROFITS, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH UNEMPLOYMENT WITH 91 MILLION OR 1/3 AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK, NO LONGER ARE COUNTED IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT DATA BASE.

      THANK GOD FOR THE GOP CONGRESS STOPPING BO OF HIS CRAZINESS TO INCREASE THE DEBT CEILING, TRANSLATION MORE TRILLIONS BORROWING FROM CHINA, SO BO CAN DO HIS INSANE SPENDING SPREES. BO IS NOT CONCERN WITH THE 17 TRILLION DEBT THAT THE GOP CONGRESS WANT TO ADDRESS A PLAN ON HOW TO PAY THEM OFF, BUT BO THREATENED THE GOP CONGRESS, THEIR PLAN IS DOA ON HIS DESK. WHAT AN IDIOT POTUS. THE LAME STREAM MEDIAS ARE SO SUCCESSFUL TO DEMONIZE CONGRESS, INSTEAD OF MORONIC BO WHO WAS NOT BORN A LEADER, AND HAVE NOT LEARNED HOW TO BE A LEADER, THAT IS IF LEADERSHIP CAN BE LEARNED. PEOPLE MUST NOT TRUST BO WHO SPENDS MILLIONS TO HIDE HIS COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT FROM HARVARD. WHY? AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OF HARVARD IS GRADE OF 70 IS PASSING. PEOPLE SHOULD WANDER WHY BO’S COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS WERE NEVER A PUBLIC RECORD, WHILE THE REST OF PUBLIC SERVANTS, THEIR RECORDS ARE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, THEIR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THEIR OPPONENTS, EXCEPT FOR BO WHO CRIES RACISM IF PUSHED TO MAKE HIS TRANSCRIPTS PUBLIC.

      GEORGE SOROS, THE GREEK SOCIALIST?. GREECE UNEMPLOYMENT AT 56% IS A SOROS MODEL, HIS BILLIONS FUNDING TO THE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS AND BO IS REALIZING SOROS DREAMS OF THE USA, TO BE LIKE HIS COUNTRY GREECE, ANTI BUSINESS. SOROS BILLIONS ARE BUYING THE FABRICATED BS OF ATTACK WITHOUT EVIDENCE AGAINST WS, STUPIDS LIKE YOU AND THE THE REST OF THE BLOODSUCKERS BELIEVED. WHY STUPID? ALL YOUR FALSE ACCUSATIONS WITH YOUR KING BO IN POWER AND THAT IDIOT HOLDER, THEIR JOBS IS TO ARREST THESE WS LAWBREAKERS, WHY?, THESE IDIOTS BO/HOLDER CANNOT ARREST?, BECAUSE ITS ALL FALSE RHETORIC. BO AND HOLDER HAVE NO EVIDENCE TO ARREST ANYBODY IN WS.

      SO ENUMERATE THE FACTS, EXACTLY WHAT YOU LOVER BOY OF BO HAVE DONE SO FAR. THIS NATION IS AT 12TH PLACE IN ECONOMY IN THE WORLD, ACCOMPLISHED BY OBAMA, THE STUPENDOUS POTUS ON HOW TO FIX THE ECONOMY, SO HE FOCUSES ON THE ILLEGAL ALIENS, 98% AMERICANS ARE DISINTERESTED, WANTED THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS TO LEAVE TRANSLATION DEPORT THE ILLEGAL ALIENS, THAT AMNESTY WILL BE SUCKED BY THESE WANNABE LEGAL ALIENS.

      WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF TODAY. THE WELFARE SUCKERS LIKE YOU FEELS BETTER OFF, NOT THE DWINDLING HARDWORKING INCOME TAXPAYERS PAYING OFF THESE BLOODSUCKERS. PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING SUCKED BY THE LEECHES LIKE YOU, FACILITATED BY BO, AND THE DEMOCRAPS.

      • Delia
        30 January 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        Noz, dont expect Cat idiot understand the problem, His bathhouse partner created and ruin this country. He does not know the death Ceiling was 8 trillions when Obama took the WH , now its 17 trillions which is now near impossible for three generations to pay it.

        He does not know 90 millions citizens are out of JOB , he ignores the fact that 99 millions are now a welfare recipients . Paid by working citizens. Its not Obama’s money

        He also ignores that his Chief in thief Obama lied about Fast & Furious, the IRS, the NAS, the DOJ getting a news orgs phone records, Bhenghazi, the you can keep your policy & doctor, period, & many other aspects of Obama care. Are you really that dense or just delusional cat idiot ?

        Even the dems have admitted he lied. The only thing he cares about is himself, his executive power, & his so-called legacy. Do the words “That is not negotiable or I will not negotiate have any meaning for you Cat Idiot ? Obama has uttered them many times. No one need to watch any TV or read news , just follow his un-ending campaign trail rant and you’d see its all lies , which is the only thing his expert at. Very sickenning.

        I’m sure you’re leaving well with peoples hard earn money cat idiot , but your days and Obamas days are numbered , count on it. People are waking up , the sleeping giant are waking up .

      • catholic_against_extremerightwingers
        30 January 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

        zzzzzzzzzz…..zzzzzzzzzzz….zzzzzzzzzz….BS post just like you are. Yawwwwnnnnn… Nothing new, nothing has changed. Same old extreme, convoluted mambo jumbo nonsense reflective of your true self…. yawwwnnnnnnn….

        • noz
          31 January 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

          YEAH GO TO SLEEP IN YOUR HELLHOLE, SINCE ALL YOUR BS DRIBBLE ARE COOKED IN THE POT OF INFERNO OF YOUR SLUMMY HOOD.

      • catholic_against_extremerightwingers
        30 January 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        nonsense example of mambo jumbo, convoluted disertation by an extreme right wing nut escaping the pit of hell with a nozeating smell…….. pewwwwwwww….

        • noz
          31 January 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

          GO AHEAD, SHOW THE READERS YOUR CUCKOO STUPIDITY, TOO ILLITERATE TO RESPONSE ON THE ISSUE. THE READERS ARE ALL LAUGHING AT YOUR PEA-BRAIN WELL TOASTED WITH FLAMES FROM HELL.

  • catholic_against_extremerightwingers
    30 January 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    ONLY FOR NOZ AND DELIA, 2 DEMONS PARTNER IN CRIME!

    The sickest, most dangerous cult in America is the Obama haters. Very much like the Third Reich, these lunatics see red with anger. The new face of extremism, fangs dripping with venom, blind with rage, an ugly group, with an ugly agenda. But the will FAIL because there is more good in America than evil, and these haters are on the side of evil.

    • noz
      31 January 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

      READERS KNEW BY NOW, YOU ARE THE THE LUCIFER ON THE LOOSE RESURFACING IN THE LAND OF THE GOOD OLE USA. LUCIFER NAMING SELF CATHOLIC IS SACRILEGE, FOR THAT YOU MUST BE CRASHED TO THE DEEPEST BLACK HOLE, THEN COVER THE BLACK HOLE HEAVILY WITH DIRT/ROCKS. YOU, LUCIFER IS THE LOVER OF ILLEGALITIES/UNLAWFULNESS. DELIA AND MYSELF DESPISE ILLEGALITIES, AND UNLAWFULNESS. LIKE THE REST OF MANY AMERICANS LIKE US, WE ALL STAND/LOVE FOR LAW AND ORDER WHICH YOU DETEST. YOU CANNOT CONVINCE THE READERS WITH YOUR PERSONAL ATTACKS. YOU HAVE NOT MADE NO DEED TO SAVE YOUR LOVER BO OF THE REALITY, THAT THIS POTUS HAVE DONE NOTHING, BUT DESTROY AMERICA, AND ITS PEOPLE. YOU CALL, BO’S CREATION OF FREELOADERS A SUCCESS?, THEN I SAY, TOGETHER WITH THE REST OF THE HARDWORKING INCOME TAXPAYERS – GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, NO WAY YOU, AND THE REST, THE LOVERS OF ILLEGALITIES/UNLAWFULNESS BRING DOWN AMERICA AS WE ALL KNOW IT.

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