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Obama Overtime Rule = Truth In Advertising

The Obama Administration is proposing to raise the income threshold under which employers are required to pay overtime from $23600 to $50400 and predictably the economic right has started to squeal. And in so doing have tried to advance two cases: one this change will cost jobs, and two nobody will actually get a raise. The first case is fallacious, the second is at best deceptive. And to show that you don’t have to use fancy economic theory (a good thing because I don’t have the chops), instead you just have to just simple logic. But rather than try to lay out every possible branch on that logic tree I propose to let Angry Bear readers give either the affirmative or negative argument their best shot even as I through in some logic snippets of my own.

(For those unaware of the basic issue, under current law employers have to pay overtime to most hourly workers after 40 hours on the job. And also to salaried workers who don’t meet one or more of many exceptions. But the biggest and broadest exception is based on total salary, if you make more than $23,600 and are not protected via some specific contract (for example if, cough, cough, you are in a union) your hours are not limited to 40 hours per week, instead you may be routinely expected to work 50 even 60 hours a week for the same base pay. The Obama Administration proposes to raise that to $50400.)

Let the Games Begin!

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April Fools! Belated Social Security Joke.

Compilation of the Social Security Laws: Title 2
Sec. 201. [42 U.S.C. 401]

(c) With respect to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund (hereinafter in this title called the “Trust Funds”) there is hereby created a body to be known as the Board of Trustees of the Trust Funds (hereinafter in this title called the “Board of Trustees”) which Board of Trustees shall be composed of the Commissioner of Social Security, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, all ex officio, and of two members of the public (both of whom may not be from the same political party), who shall be nominated by the President for a term of four years and subject to confirmation by the Senate. A member of the Board of Trustees serving as a member of the public and nominated and confirmed to fill a vacancy occurring during a term shall be nominated and confirmed only for the remainder of such term. An individual nominated and confirmed as a member of the public may serve in such position after the expiration of such member’s term until the earlier of the time at which the member’s successor takes office or the time at which a report of the Board is first issued under paragraph (2) after the expiration of the member’s term. The Secretary of the Treasury shall be the Managing Trustee of the Board of Trustees (hereinafter in this title called the “Managing Trustee”). The Deputy Commissioner of Social Security shall serve as Secretary of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall meet not less frequently than once each calendar year. It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to—

(1) Hold the Trust Funds;

(2)[11] Report to the Congress not later than the first day of April of each year on the operation and status of the Trust Funds during the preceding fiscal year and on their expected operation and status during the next ensuing five fiscal years;

(3) Report immediately to the Congress whenever the Board of Trustees is of the opinion that the amount of either of the Trust Funds is unduly small;

(4) Recommend improvements in administrative procedures and policies designed to effectuate the proper coordination of the old-age and survivors insurance and Federal-State unemployment compensation program; and

(5) Review the general policies followed in managing the Trust Funds, and recommend changes in such policies, including necessary changes in the provisions of the law which govern the way in which the Trust Funds are to be managed.

The Social Security Annual Reports used to show up like clock work. In fact I used to have links set up on my blog that would activate the second the Reports was released to the web. Until one year late in the Bush Administration when it didn’t. A pattern then followed by the Obama SocSec Trustees every year since – no Report – no explanation – no corrected release date. Nope it just happens when it happens. Sure Social Security represents 5% of GDP and Medicare even more, but why should the American People or say Congress know WTF is going on.

The 2014 Report got released on July 28. Maybe we’ll beat that this year. Oh well since we CAN’T talk about a Report that doesn’t exist I guess this will have to be an Open Thread.

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