News / USA

    Obama: Fight for a Stronger Middle Class

    FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama.
    FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama.
    VOA News

    Americans have to keep fighting to build a "stronger middle class in today's changing economy," U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. 

    That fight includes the right to have affordable health insurance, fair pay, family leave and workplace flexibility, Obama said in a worker-focused address tailored for the Labor Day weekend.

    Raising the minimum wage would be one of the "best ways to give a boost to working families," the president said. He noted that 13 states and the nation's capital have raised their minimum wages in the last 18 months.

    Obama said the states where the minimum wage was raised have experienced higher job growth than those that did not raise the minimum.

    As of August 1, the District of Columbia and 23 states had minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which offers a state-by-state breakout.

    America "built the greatest middle class the world has ever known" by making sure that everyone who is" willing to work hard and play by the rules can get ahead," Obama said.

    Representative Larry Bucshon, from the Midwestern state of Indiana, said in the Republican address that the Obama administration's policies "continue to harm" the nation's economy and families struggling "to make ends meet." 

    You May Like

    Multimedia Obama Calls on Americans to Help the Families of Its War Dead

    In last Memorial Day of his presidency, Obama lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

    The Strife of the Party: Will Trump Permanently Alter Republicans?

    While billionaire mogul's no-holds-barred style, high-energy delivery are what rocketed him to nomination, they also have created rift between party elites and his supporters

    China's Education Reforms Spark Protest

    Beijing is putting a quota system in place to increase the number of students from poor regions attending universities

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Frank from: Quinn
    August 30, 2014 5:31 PM
    Stronger but shrinking middle class.

    by: Mark from: Virginia
    August 30, 2014 3:08 PM
    How about this to stimulate job growth and the economy...STOP OUTSOURCING JOBS. Bring those jobs back the U.S., stop letting foreign countries with poor to dismal quality control, using unsafe (read, deadly) materials, forced labor and terrible work environments and human rights abuses do the work that Americans can do here. Oh, and pull the plug on Obamacare.. the program stinks, it places a greater burden on the Middle Class and creates more uninsured because their rates skyrocketed to pay for a namesake health care that works worse than your Administration. Just to name a few things, of course.
    Kind of late to try to 'fix' something you helped break, and continue to break. The Middle Class is shrinking, creating a wide gulf between the filthy rich and the stinking poor. Like the deficit, its going beyond the band aids now to a point where only an act of God could fix it. Congress could care less for the working Americans... they only want to fatten their pockets before they leave their cushy jobs for an early retirement. They have it made with free health care no other American can hope to enjoy and a pension that will keep them comfortable for the rest of their greedy lives.

    This is not how the Founding Fathers intended things to work. Working for the government, ie. Congress and playing at President was seen as a honorable thing, an act of Service to the country and when a few terms were over, they returned to civilian life with very little, if any, 'perks' to show for it. They re-integrated back into society as productive members of society. Not fat cats as they are now. Congress was never meant to be a career choice.
    Oh, and one other thing...close the danged border in the South, keep illegals out and send those illegals now inside the U.S. packing their trash with a one-way ticket back to their home country. It would do no good generating jobs when illegal immigrants snatch them up and send their money earned out of country, untaxed.
    Just another Lame-Duck presidential attempt to 'make nice' with the Country after screwing them over for 6 years.

    (Oh, and VOA, much worse has been said of the President and been allowed on your forums of Public Debate-just saying)

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Tech Startups Showcase Wares at Amsterdam Conferencei
    X
    Serginho Roosblad
    May 30, 2016 5:11 PM
    More than 20,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and lovers of digital technology came together in Amsterdam recently at the Next Web Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital technology, look to the future and, of course, to connect. In recent years, there has been an explosion of so-called startup businesses that have created devices and applications that have changed the way we live; but, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA, there are pitfalls for such startups as well.
    Video

    Video Tech Startups Showcase Wares at Amsterdam Conference

    More than 20,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and lovers of digital technology came together in Amsterdam recently at the Next Web Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital technology, look to the future and, of course, to connect. In recent years, there has been an explosion of so-called startup businesses that have created devices and applications that have changed the way we live; but, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA, there are pitfalls for such startups as well.
    Video

    Video US Military's Fallen Honored With Flags

    Memorial Day is a long weekend for most Americans. For some, it is the unofficial start of summer -- local swimming pools open and outdoor grilling season begins. But Memorial Day remains true to its origins -- a day to remember the U.S. military's fallen.
    Video

    Video Rolling Thunder Rolls Into Washington

    The Rolling Thunder caravan of motorcycles rolled into Washington Sunday, to support the U.S. military on the country's Memorial Day weekend
    Video

    Video A New Reading Program Pairs Kids with Dogs

    Dogs, it is said, are man's best friend. What some researchers have discovered is that they can also be a friend to a struggling reader. A group called Intermountain Therapy Animals trains dogs to help all kinds of kids with reading problems — from those with special needs to those for whom English is a second language. Faiza Elmasry has more on the New York chapter of R.E.A.D., or Reading Education Assistance Dogs, in this piece narrated by Faith Lapidus.
    Video

    Video Fan Base Grows for Fictional Wyoming Sheriff Longmire

    Around the world, the most enduring symbol of the U.S. is that of the cowboy. A very small percentage of Americans live in Western rural areas, and fewer still are cowboys. But the fascination with the American West is kept alive by such cultural offerings as “Longmire,” a series of books and TV episodes about a fictional Wyoming sheriff. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke with Longmire’s creator, Craig Johnson, and filed this report from Houston.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora