As John Hayward points out, President Obama’s increased minimum wage to $10.10 via executive order is not going to affect 2 million federal workers. They simply do not exist:
Clearly the two greatest problems facing America are that not enough people work for the federal government, and federal employees don’t make enough money. Are there really two million contractors pulling down the minimum wage, as the Administration claims? Even Hillary Clinton’s chauffeurs must get paid a lot more than that! Well, remember, this is the Obama Administration we’re talking about. Facts are Silly Putty in their hands.
Before you start outfitting any safari expeditions to go searching for this invisible cohort of minimum wage federal employees – whose numbers would comprise nearly half of all federal contractors, if the Administration’s claims are taken seriously – remember that the executive order only affects new contracts. Obama’s factoid dispensers could justify their claims by saying that over the next five, ten, twenty, or fifty years, there would have been two million minimum wage hires, so they’re not really “lying,” they’re just “assuming a historical context” that you forgot to assume when you thought they meant two million people would receive an immediate salary increase.
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