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McDonalds’s Response to $15 Minimum Wage –Touch-Screen Cashiers by The Elephant's Child
June 16, 2015, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Politics | Tags: , ,

mcdonalds-minimum-wageSo you are demanding that the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour? “You can’t raise a family on the minimum wage” is the common cry. Work at a fast food chain was never meant to support a family. The positions were meant to be for part-time workers,with some full time advancement. There is no shortage of people capable of doing the job. Most of the jobs go to beginners just starting in the job market,

Nevertheless, there is a lot for a new worker to learn: how to interact with customers, how to make change, how to stay cheerful and cope with difficult people and keep the premises clean. Those skills, if well performed, can be a stepping stone to the next job.

The mayor of Los Angeles just signed a $15/hr minimum wage bill into law. The minimum wage will go from its current minimum to $15 an hour by 2020, for businesses with 25 or more employees.  The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009.

Unions have been big supporters of the Fight for $15 movement, so supposedly they backed the effort to make the minimum wage $15 an hour in Los Angeles, which makes sense even if the $15 an hour does not.

Somebody apparently did the math. Unions are now insisting that $15 an hour should not be the minimum wage where unions are involved. Union shops should be allowed to set the wage lower than $15 if that’s what they want to do.

There should be no minimum wage. A wage should be determined by a willing worker and a willing employer. There needs to be a place for real beginners, for people down on their luck who want to earn enough for their next meal. Many people are willing to pay someone to do a dirty job, but if it costs too much — they’ll do it themselves. Think washing windows, raking leaves, digging a ditch. There are lots of jobs for those who are unkempt, don’t speak the language, Here in Seattle, hotel workers and airport workers get the higher minimum wage, but now they have to pay for parking and for meals.

People on the left always envision businessmen and corporate officers as mean and greedy people who treat their workers badly. So they plan to force businesses to do what they say, with no understanding that businesses exist to make a profit. They are not charitable enterprises.

“Progressive,” “socialist,” and “liberals” are today interchangeable terms that describe participants in a moral crusade with a political agenda usually referred to as “social justice.” It can be summed up as equality imposed by the state. The quest for a utopia of equals forges progressive alliances, defines their allegiances and justifies the means they are willing to use to get there.”  (David Horowitz: Take No Prisoners

McDonald’s in Europe just hired 7,000 touch-screen cashiers.



Hillary’s Second Stab at Getting Her Campaign Off on the Right Note! by The Elephant's Child
June 16, 2015, 6:37 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Election 2016, Progressivism, Women | Tags: , ,

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If you are a Democrat, you are expected to be aroused by income inequality, social justice, a deep envy of the rich, and believe that being required to show photo identification in order to vote, as you do to get on an airplane, cash a check, enter the Justice Department building or hundreds of other places that want you to prove that you are who you say you are, is somehow deeply unfair. And in this age of ISIS and cyber war, envy is the most important thing on the menu.

Republicans, on the other hand, are mean, want to unlawfully enrich the wealthy, especially if they are CEOs of corporations, and don’t care about the poor, the middle class, or especially women. Hillary, in view of the revelations of Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, you might want to forgo trying to blame the Republicans for enriching the wealthy.

Hillary had the second introduction of her campaign this weekend at New York City’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. She suggested that she would fight “four fights” for the American people, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the Four Freedoms. I’m really sick of politicians claiming they are going to fight for me — they know it’s hooey, I know it’s hooey. Hillary is going to fight to make the economy work for “everyday” Americans, strengthen families, maintain our leadership for peace security and prosperity and fight to reform our government and revitalize our democracy. Uh huh. I doubt that many have any idea what the “four freedoms” are, nor really know who FDR was. A baby born the year FDR died would be 70 this year. But perhaps that doesn’t seem so long ago to Hillary.

Hillary likes to think of herself as “a fighter.” She apparently wants to fight for even bigger and more authoritative government because she wants to tell American companies how they are to run their businesses and how much they are to pay their workers and what benefits they are to offer. That doesn’t sound like America or free markets  to me.

It was really kind of an embarrassing speech, full of old, tired and phony Democrat talking points, light on awareness of the problems that face America today. She said silly things like ” Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations” Well, her son-in-law, Chelsea’s husband, is a hedge fund manager, and they just moved into a $10.3 million New York apartment.

Hillary claimed at least nine or ten times that Republicans cut taxes for the wealthy and left the Middle Class to suffer from the greed of the rich. Oh please. No Republican has ever proposed cutting taxes just for the wealthy. . But if you’re trying to redistribute the wealth, you can’t admit that.There was the bit about women earning less than men, (Equal Pay Act passed in 1963) But it remains a talking point for Democrats largely as a sop to trial lawyers, who love to get women to bring class-action claims. Hillary’s campaign workers are mostly unpaid “interns.”

No country is better prepared to meet emerging threats from cyber attacks (tell that to the OPM). She will support a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court Citizen’s United decision, corporations can’t make unflattering movies about Hillary.  She will fight back against Republican efforts to disempower young people, poor people, people with disabilities and people of color.

Time magazine has a transcript, if you want to read what she said. I certainly didn’t want to hear her. But when you read the speech, the full splendor of the timeless words sinks in. She needs a new speechwriter rather badly.




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