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Obama: Fight for a Stronger Middle Class

FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama.
FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama.
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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." 

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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)

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