When Liberal Ideology Crashes into Reality

from IBD:

Fight Against $15: Democrats Push To Repeal Minimum Wage Hike In Nation’s Capital

“Fight for $15” is the rallying cry for most Democrats these days. But soon after Washington, D.C., voters approved a hike in tipped wages to $15, Democrats on the city council moved to repeal it. That’s what happens when ideology crashes into reality.

On Tuesday, 7 of the 13 members of Washington’s city council sponsored a bill to jettison the wage hike for tipped workers that 56% of D.C. voters had approved by a ballot initiative less than a month before. read more

A Chick-fil-A Lesson in Free Market Capitalism

Just another reason to love Chick-fil-A

from Conservative Review:

Leave it to Chick-fil-A to show you don’t need government for a ‘living wage’

Eat mor chikin CFA cows

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Whenever the Left wants to have a conversation about a “living wage,” it’s almost never a discussion, but a series of demands and slogans made in ALL CAPS on Twitter. Those demands almost always involve the heavy hand of government coercing businesses with the force of law. But one of the Left’s favorite businesses to hate, Chick-fil-A, is showing that entrepreneurs in a competitive free market can improve conditions for workers without paternalistic government oversight. read more

The Fight for 15 is Decimating the Workforce

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh reminded us of something we may have forgotten. It hasn’t been in the news lately, and with all else that is happening, it’s easy for we who write about this stuff, not to follow-up.

Rush updated us on the infamous “Fight for $15” movement, and how it is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Actually, more accurately put would be the gift that just keeps on taking – as in jobs and businesses.

You may have heard from Rush, or many other internet sites, that McDonalds is currently replacing 2,500 jobs in the U.S. with self-service kiosks. And this is only the beginning. Next year they plan to roll out another 3,000. You might surmise that this is 5,000 jobs being replaced. It’s likely to be many more.

Remember that human workers are at the restaurant for usually 8 hour shifts. Robots don’t have shifts, so they don’t need to be replaced by another human for the next shift. They work 24 hours a day, every day. These kiosks can potentially replace most all shift cashiers. In other words, that 5,000 could easily double or triple.

And to add insult to injury, McDonalds has plans to roll out mobile ordering across 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of 2017. This is sure to be a huge hit – and cause many more layoffs.

It’s like judgment day in The Terminator 3, when, with one keystroke of a computer terminal, machines became self-aware and began taking over the Earth. read more

The Robots are Coming – and Sooner Than We Think

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Remember the “Fight for 15,” the big progressive plan to raise the minimum wage to the arbitrarily chosen hourly base of 15 dollars? And recall that we free-market conservatives have been arguing that a mandated wage hike will not end well?

Already, the hike has taken a toll on some cities. Local and State minimum wage hikes are forcing restaurants and like service industry employers to raise their prices and/or lay off staff. Other businesses are closing up and relocating outside of cities to avoid the mandated pay hike.

Governments – federal, state and local, bowing to the pressure of a tiny minority of radicals, know not what they do.

Governments and radical activists create static charts and models showing how a massive minimum wage hike will benefit “the workers.” They never consider how the mandates will affect the employers – nor do they seem to care. They don’t understand that the private sector cannot just vote themselves more money to pay for the wage hike and further crushing regulations.

So instead of subserviently complying with government overlords, companies of all kinds are seeking to find ways around these crushing big brother decrees. And just like everything else in life – leave it to private sector innovators to find a path around Nanny State mandates. read more

Real World Economy Versus The Minimum Wage

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Once again liberals have demonstrated that they just don’t get how the economy works. They are so utterly ignorant.

When purchasing an item, do you ever comparison shop? Of course. Most everyone has or does. And you want to get the most for your dollar. Again, of course – otherwise, why comparison shop. And if you see two of the same product, with different prices, all things being equal, you would choose the lower cost item.

Maybe one of the two products presents better value for the same cost. Again the obvious choice would be to choose the better product for that same cost.

And so it is for labor. Labor is a product. Companies don’t hire people out of a sense of charity. No – even for the lowest position in the company, people come in and fill out an application, maybe submit a resume and possibly fill out an evaluation form. Then someone goes through the applications.

And what are they doing? Why, the HR person or whomever is comparison shopping. He or she is looking for the best, most qualified candidate for that particular position at a predetermined cost. They’re looking for the biggest bang for their buck. He or she is looking for a hire who will bring at least as much value to the company as they will be paid. Otherwise, it is just charity. read more

McDonald’s CEO Supports Raising The Minimum Wage

from IBD:

Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s, recently remarked that his company would support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

It is always noteworthy when a chief executive has kind words about regulation affecting his industry. After all, if McDonald’s saw benefit in paying its workers more, it could do so today without having to wait for Congress. No regulation needed. read more

Seattle Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

from the American Thinker:

Seattle’s proposal to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage has some economic experts asking if it will doom Seattle’s economy.

Even Slate’s business and economics correspondent, Jordan Weissmann, questions the wisdom of adopting such a precipitous increase:

Yesterday, Murray announced a plan that would gradually raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and tie it to inflation, which won approval from a large committee of business and labor leaders, as well as some city council members. Today, Washington state’s minimum is a comparatively piddly $9.32. read more

Federal Government Has Declared War On Work

While 50 years ago the federal government declared war on poverty, I would submit that in recent years it has led an undeclared but real new war: a War on Work. The government increasingly is using its coercive powers to punish people who want to work, creating a vast class of able-bodied Americans dependent on the government — and politicians — for their daily bread.

The statistics are startling. A smaller proportion of working-age Americans works today than when the recession officially ended 4-1/2 years ago (June 2009).

But this trend is not just a failure of policies to encourage economic recovery, such as the stimulus package and the ineffective, highly expansionary Federal Reserve monetary policy. The decline in work has been going on since at least 2000, under both Republican and Democratic administrations. read more

The Ultimate Dominion by Robots

After you heard President Obama’s call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots?

But just in case the question didn’t occur to you, let me explain. On Tuesday, the day before Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage, the restaurant chain Applebee’s announced that it will install iPad-like tablets at every table. Chili’s already made this move earlier this year.

With these consoles customers will be able to order their meals and pay their checks without dealing with a waiter or waitress. Both companies insist that they won’t be changing their staffing levels, but if you’ve read any science fiction, you know that’s what the masterminds of every robot takeover say: “We’re here to help. We’re not a threat.” read more

SEIU Will Kill the Fast Food Industry

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

If you live in a major city, soon if not already, you will not be able to get fast food.

 

What are the soccer moms to do? Here’s an idea. Go home and make dinner. It shouldn’t be that difficult, judging by what we see on the politically correct McDonald’s commercials. Just dress up like a clown and serve your kids apple slices and milk. And don’t forget to recycle!

 

Anyway, our old communist pals are at it again. The SEIU is whipping up a frenzy among fast food workers with a call to strike. Workers in many cities have already walked off the job.

 

SEIU boss Mary Kay Henry granted an interview with fair and balanced Salon.com. Seated in her posh Washington DC office she told Salon, “see the fast food workers as standing up for all of us. Because the conditions are the same.”

 

Really Mary? The same as what? The same as your condition? Not hardly.

 

In 50 cities across the nation workers will walk or have already walked off the job. The strike against all the major fast food chains is for more pay and a chance to unionize.

 

The arbitrary number they have chosen is $15 an hour. I say arbitrary, because it is based on nothing. Someone just pulled it out of a hat. Why not 20, 50 or $100 an hour?

 

The argument is always the same; a living wage. No one can live on $7.25 an hour, the current minimum wage. I’m sure that’s true, but the average fast food worker doesn’t make minimum wage. The average is at least $9 an hour according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. read more