Tensions between political parties seem to be on the rise again, and not in a good way. President Obama signed an executive order “on Monday requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.” Obama then proceeded to publicly oust the Republican congressional leaders for endangering the economy. The current President of the United States continued from there to accuse Republican presidential candidates of undercutting American workers. Obama renounced the Republican candidates’ portrayals of themselves as “champions of the middle class” when they opposed labor unions.
It is important to note, no matter how obvious this fact may seem, that this was designed to his union base. However, this executive order will not go into effect until after his presidency as it must first pass a public comment period. This act, if passed as is, will hopefully bring about changes in state and local governments, expanding their leave policies.
Obama’s aggressive responses to the Republican candidates were implicit replies to Mr. Walker, who claimed “his battles with labor unions would prepare him to take on terrorists” and Mr. Christie who “said a teachers’ union deserved a punch in the face.”
Mr. Walker, however, retorted with by saying “I think the president and his allies fear us more than anybody else in this race because they know we don’t just talk about it; we get it done. We fight, we win, we actually get results.”
Prior to the current executive order, Obama sided against the Democrats in favor of new free trade agreements with Asia and Europe, inciting extreme anger within many Democratic political leaders.
Ultimately, how many of these decisions are actually for the people? There are clearly ample motives and secret vendettas possible in every action committed by Obama. Did he create this executive order just to get his party to like him again? Did he create it to use as a weapon against Republican candidates? Or did he truly believe in following through on justice and trying to help the people he swore to protect?
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