Obama’s Overtime Order: Critics Voice Economic Concerns

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After President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. Labor Department to require overtime pay for executive/professional employees that would otherwise not be making as much, Washington erupted into predictably controversy. The change follows Obama’s executive order to up the Federal workers minimum wage to $10.10, starting in 2015, and will effect millions more. The move is being praised by Democrats as a boost to the economy and an aid to working class citizens who make less than they deserve. Conversely, Republicans say that he has overstepped his bounds and that the move will cripple the economy, leading to unintended negative effects on workers such as reduced pay, or employment terminations.

From my perspective, they have to be pulling numbers out of the air right now. We don’t even know what the policy is going to be,” said Tammy McCutchen, an administrator in the Labor Department during the Bush administration, to the Washington Post. One of her rules from the last rewrite in 2004 was removed by Obama when he enacted the order on Thursday, and she’s critical of how his decision will affect the economy. “Well, it’s going to be bad for business,” she told the Washington Post. ”It’s going to be good for my bottom line. Lawyers all over the country are going to be making a lot of money.” She also discussed her feelings on changes to somethings she’s worked so hard on, calling them “my babies,” and admitting “I spent two years of my life working on them. It’s personal for me. It’s going to be very sad to see them taking out a lot of the stuff I put in.”

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