The New York Times Editorial Board has decided there is one thing Mr. Obama can do for the employment problem in America. Issue an executive order requiring the federal government use more of your tax dollars to pay more money to government contractors.
In 1965, in a nation torn by racial strife, President Johnson signed an executive order mandating nondiscrimination in employment by government contractors. Now, as President Obama has observed, the nation is divided by a different threat: widening income inequality. He could respond much as Mr. Johnson did — with an executive order aimed, this time, at raising the pay of millions of poorly paid employees of government contractors.