Commentary: Obama Wants a Raise for America, but from Where?

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Yahoo News invited voters to respond Tuesday night to President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address. Here is one reaction.

COMMENTARY | In his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama sounded more like a candidate for a third term in office than the sitting president.

His proposal for employers to "give America a raise" sounds great, as do many campaign promises, but falls short in the reality department. Most employers are struggling with higher costs, increased government red tape and climbing insurance costs. The economy isn't improving nearly as fast as the politicians would have one believe. Gas prices are still through the roof.

In spite of this, Obama seems to think employers can find a way to increase wages for their employees without the benefit of increased productivity or increased sales. Unfortunately, employers can't print money like the government to meet the president's demand. Even though Obama has a hard time grasping the fact, money has to come from somewhere. Business owners can't wave a magic wand and find free money to give away.

I believe our next president needs to come from the world of business, or at least have a grasp on the fundamentals economics and accounting instead of the tactics of socialism.

Wiley Vaughn is a native of Kingsport, Tenn.

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