Some analysts say the White House’s proposed changes to workplace overtime rules could cost jobs and carry other negative consequences, but President Obama on Saturday promised that the new system will be “easier for everyone.”
Overtime is the latest issue Mr. Obama has addressed through his executive authority. It’s part of a broader plan to push income inequality and the plight of the poor and middle class into the spotlight ahead of the November midterm elections, as Democrats believe they can win on those issues.
“Americans have spent too long working more and getting less in return,” the president said in his weekly address. “Because what every American wants is a paycheck that lets them support their families, know a little economic security, and pass down some hope and optimism to their kids. That’s something worth fighting for.”
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