Obama lies at the SOTU – actually he does so constantly. Paul Krugman will write a column tomorrow that completely contradicts the one he wrote last week and still claim that both prove he is right.
Postmodernism is a pillar of progressivism. It is because it allows all progressives to create their own reality.
They do it so continuously, I don’t think they are even cognizant that they are lying. They have convinced themselves of their moral and intellectual superiority and of their infallibility. They express disbelief and exhibit a fit of pique when anyone has the temerity to challenge them, often reacting like a petulant child (as in “I won both of them”).
It is actually a disease of immaturity – postmodernism is a characteristic of a two year-old child, not a functioning adult.
Let’s take his comments about the minimum wage as an example.
The President and his party make the populist claim that minimum wage is both and economic and a moral issue. In the SOTU, President Obama challenged the GOP to “give America a raise” because…well, I’ll use his words:
“And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”
But is this a real problem? Are people trying to raise families on $15,000 a year?
I did something that everyone should do when this President opens his prevaricating cakehole. I went looking for facts. I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and here’s what I found:
- Using the most current data set (2013), there were an average of 155.4 million people in the workforce.
- Of that 155.4 million, 3.301 million (2.12%)were paid the minimum wage or less (this number includes jobs like waitstaff who also get tips – but their set hourly wage is less than minimum).
- Of that 3.301 million, 1.638 million (49.6%) were over 25, 1.663 million (50.4%) were under and of the under 25 group, 797,000 (24.1%) were in the 16-19 year-old group.
- So I would have to assume – because the direct statistics aren’t available – that the majority of those who are “raising a family” are in the “over 25” group that makes up 1.05% of the 155.4 million person workforce. If one assumes a marriage rate of 55%, then the number with a “family” drops to 0.58%.
How is this a national issue?
I couldn’t find data on the educational level of the people in this group, so I can’t make an assessment of how many are actually qualified for a better job. I suspect that a large percentage aren’t – but that is an opinion, not fact.
But here is a fact:
The greatest problem with federal legislation and programs are not the legislation and programs themselves, the greatest problems are the politicians who lie about them.