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Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will pick up speed.

Obama says workers and unions fought for things like Social Security, Medicare, workplace safety laws and the right to organize. He says those fights built a stronger middle class.

Obama says to strengthen the modern middle class, the U.S. must raise its minimum wage. He says states and businesses have raised wages already and Congress should, too.

In the Republican address, Rep. Larry Buschon of Indiana says Republicans are focused on creating jobs, lowering costs and restoring opportunity.

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Mary August 30 2014 at 7:38 AM

Gee, and here I thought he would tell us all to go golfing.

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RJR August 30 2014 at 7:39 AM

The topics I'd like to consider is his resignation or impeachment..

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xpphil12 August 30 2014 at 7:41 AM

"Don't take your rights for granted because I have a pen and a phone and your rights will be take if I say so"

Barack Hussein Obama

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HELLO JIM August 30 2014 at 7:41 AM

Labor Day is for working people ! so take a hike Obama

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Genius August 30 2014 at 7:43 AM


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debbiedo331 August 30 2014 at 7:43 AM

Hey obama why dont you think about lowering gas, food, electricty that would help alot more

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whiteoak August 30 2014 at 7:45 AM

HAH "Don't take anything for grasnted " this man obviously has not read the constitution, He thinks he can change or modify any law or constitutional rule with a so called Executive Order..TIME for impeachment !!!!

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the.golden.rule August 30 2014 at 7:57 AM

Which Party helps the average American the most?
Higher taxes = Democrats
More restrictive laws = Democrats
Right to work = Republicans
Lower taxes = Republicans
Fewer restrictive laws = Republicans

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lunarsilver629 August 30 2014 at 7:40 AM

How about reporting about the fact that he admitted that he doesn't have any strategy for what to do about ISIS in Syria?

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boatjob1 August 30 2014 at 7:53 AM

This fool has no clue! Maybe he is referring to his right to golf during every major crisis during his administration. Barry, give it up. It's old, we are living it and you failed. By the way my health insurance was just cancelled this past 23rd because of you.

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