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The Obama Morning News || January 20, 2015

Obama: Less kind less gentle . . . The GOP hoped Obama would be humbled by the midterm elections that saw Democrats swept from power in the Senate. Instead, when Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress completely controlled by the GOP on Tuesday, Republicans will see a confident Obama who is bullish about his own approval ratings and no longer worried about anyone else’s reelection. The Hill

Obama plans raise labor costs $5 per hour . . . That’s the combined cost of adding the president’s proposals for a higher minimum wage, more paid sick leave and the health coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, to the bottom line for employers. Free-market economists say spiking labor costs that much will push businesses to hire fewer workers. Washington Examiner

Obama’s leftward lurch divides even further . . . President Obama’s plans to go big and lurch left with new tax and spending proposals is getting praise from the left, but they are almost certain to widen the divide with the Republican Congress. Washington Examiner

Obama SOTUs past: Mixed results . . . Close Guantanamo. End the Iraq war. Tax the rich. Increase nuclear power. Drill for oil in the Atlantic. President Obama called for all these initiatives and more in previous State of the Union speeches. Some came to pass; others did not. Fox News 

Warring SOTU Cuba guests . . . For the image of a new era in Cuba, President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama will have as their guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday Alan Gross, whose recent release was part of a deal to restore diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. For the image of Cuba’s dark side, Sen. Marco Rubio will have as his guest Rosa María Payá, the daughter of Oswaldo Payá, a prominent dissident who died an automobile accident in 2012 that she, and others around the world, allege was caused by Castro government officials. Fox News Latino

Michelle lunch horrors continue . . . Desperate students are still taking to Twitter to reveal the horrors of school lunch under First Lady Michelle Obama’s rules, including empty chicken nuggets and complaints that meals taste like “prison food.” Washington Free Beacon

ISIS trickling into Afghanistan . . . The Islamic State terror group may be making inroads in Afghanistan just weeks after the U.S. ended its 13-year combat mission, with a former Guantanamo Bay detainee said to be involved in the recruiting effort. Fox News

Jindal warns of “radical Islam” threat . . . In an interview from London on Monday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) defended his earlier remarks about “no-go zones” in the United Kingdom, referencing a UK police chief and “elected officials,” and he also stressed that Sharia law is “completely incompatible” with Western civilization and that we must “hunt down and kill” the forces of “radical Islam.” CNS News

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5 Responses to The Obama Morning News || January 20, 2015

  1. Cuba is still listed as a terrorist state. Seems unspeakable that Obama will use this opportunity to highlight Cuba. But then again,since the report on Bergdahl still has not seen the light of day he couldn’t invite the Bergdahl’s and their traitor son. But surely there will be a Muslim somewhere in the Obama vicinity.

  2. I can’t understand how he is wants to raise it that much, and at all at this time. The great deal of small companies had to let people go due to nothing else but ocare. Now for the companies that pay min. wage, they are trying to keep the cost down on their products due to the economy. One for instance is the high cost of food! The food items and household items have been going up a couple of pennies every 3,4, 5 months. Just in the last month and 1/2 the meat and other things like butter to a big hike in its cost. Now he can bad mouth Congress all night long if he wants, but as far as I am concerned he may as well be talking to himself in a mirror.

  3. Re: Obama raising labor costs. Guess he hasn’t read this article in the news. A fascinating (and scary) article from Harvard Business Review.

    https://hbr.org/2014/12/what-happens-to-society-when-robots-replace-workers

    “The simplistic policy answer is better training. But at this pace of change, improving the educational system will be perpetually too little and too late. Likewise, artificially boosting the minimum wage will only hasten the reckoning by subsidizing job replacement by intelligent machines. “