President Barack Obama's State of the Union address left many Yorkers questioning what will really get done in Washington.

"I didn't think it was too bad," said John Ruby, 78, West Manchester Township. "He talks a good talk, but he has to walk the walk."

He particularly agreed with the president on issues of health care and minimum wage, which Obama wants to raise from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour for workers under new federal contracts.

Minimum wage: Ruby said the minimum wage should definitely be increased because there are too many working people who can't afford to live.

"People work hard, and you have to pay them for what they're working for," he said.

The rate, which is not adjusted for inflation, has been too low for too many years, Ruby said.

People could work their way up to better-paying positions in the past, Ruby said, adding today it's very hard to find a good-paying job if you can't go to college.

"A GED doesn't hack it," he said.

But for Bob Ness, 64, of Mount Wolf, increasing minimum wage won't have much of an economic effect for Americans.

"Who's paying for that?" he said. "That's not really that much, but it might appease the people who vote for him. It'll make them happy."

His cousin John Ness, 64, of Dover Township agreed.

"I don't think you should raise it because it'll raise the price of everything else," he said.

Working together: Too many years of inaction has turned Bob Ness off from Obama.

"After hearing all these years of what he's got to say, I don't want to hear anymore," he said.

But the problem is bigger than Obama: Congress is also at fault, John Ness said.

"I don't think he's doing too great, no," he said. "I don't think it's Obama's fault — I think it's all those goons down there."

Lawmakers haven't been serving the people on issues of unemployment and the huge gap between the wealthy, middle class and poor, John Ness said. Congress has been talking about closing the gap for years without any real success, he said.

"It shouldn't be that big of a gap," he said. "Our people can see it. Why can't they see it?"

The actual speech was very ceremonial, said Jim Vaccaro, 84, of Manchester Township.

"There was a real pomp and circumstance," he said.

But Obama and Congress treat politics like a football game: They say the right things beforehand, but when it's time to do something, they approach it like opposing teams, Vaccaro said.

Members of Congress will not be able to get anything done until they work together, he said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.