President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address

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President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address Introduction: The president's State of the Union address, delivered annually, is an opportunity to reflect on the nation's accomplishments across the previous twelve months and its goals in the year ahead. When the address delivered following the confirmation of the president's second term, it is an even more significant opportunity to set a course for the term ahead. In the address delivered by President Obama on February 12 before a Joint Congress, the course that he set forth would be distinguished by its progressive nature and the president's new sense of a public mandate. Raising the Minimum Wage: Among the progressive initiatives offered by the president, he calls for a raising of the minimum wage, noting that the inflated cost of living in the United States has far outstripped the earnings of many Americans. The president argued that a first and absolutely critical step for improving the lives of the working poor is the establishment of a new minimum wage closer to commensurate with the demands for basic living standards. According to the article by Swanson & Jamieson (2013), which describes the proposed mode of implementation, "the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't been raised since 2009, after the last of a series of increases signed into law by President George W. Bush went into effect. The White House has argued that raising the minimum wage to $9 would benefit 15 million American workers who
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