Tag: More minimum wage folderol

Minimum wage cronyism

I guess there is more than one way to skin a cat, but when you have a government system that is predicated on the idea of the big government machine ultimately picking winners & losers, people should not be surprised that practically all the “good things” the big government types push for involve someone carving themselves some special niche. Case in point the recent CA minimum wage hike which was heavily pushed by a whole slew of SJW types as helping people out. Sure they all told you this was the decent thing to do and that everyone opposing it had a nefarious agenda of their own – after all, SJW types point out that the only people that would argue against helping those making minimum wage out, are those that want to profit by robbing these unfortunates of their earned income – but, sooner than later, it comes out they had one of their own.

Yeah, the SJW big government types love to take the credit for helping minimum wage earners make more cash, but only an idiot thinks they do this to help/ Case in point the union that pushed the hardest for this new legislation, asking for an exemption for themselves from it:

The labor union that led the charge for a $15 minimum wage hike in cities across California is now moving to secure an exemption for employers under union contracts.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage.

The loophole would allow employers with collective bargaining agreements to sidestep the wage hike and pay their union members below the proposed $15-per-hour minimum wage.

James Sherk, a research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, said the exemption is a union attempt to encourage businesses to unionize by making themselves the only low-wage option as union membership continues to drop off.

Oh, this is far more than about encouraging others to unionize: it is about creating an unfair advantage for the unionized entities by actually creating a huge disadvantage for those that are not unionized. As most of us that knew higher minimum wages would negatively distort economic practices pointed out, the lies about wanting to help people were just that: lies. There always is a down and dirty agenda, and as things like this despicable maneuver shows it is always really about helping the big government nanny-staters enhance their power and create even more opportunities for graft.

The only real effect this move to jack the minimum wage to $15 an hour will have on way too many minimum wage earners will be the chance that they end up losing their jobs, as employers cut down or switch to use unionized labor. Similarly, people trying to get minimum wage low skilled entry jobs will find far fewer of those available. Ask the people in Seattle how well it worked for them. But hey, the big government types and their special interests sure as hell scored big with this job killing idea. Of course, when someone in traditional media finally gets to reporting that this was just another scheme to help the people feeding at the government trough steal more money from the productive, those of us that pointed out there was some ulterior and nefarious motive, are going to be the ones painted in a bad light again.

Got to protect the agenda…


Oh boy, another chance to go and eat fast food;

Advocates for raising the pay of U.S. fast-food industry workers are bidding to reboot interest in their movement in a big way, with hopes they’ll spur supportive strikes at restaurants across the globe on May 15.

For the sympathizers, the goal of getting these employees wages of $15 an hour in the United States is a noble one that would reward cooks, cashiers and cleaning crew for doing thankless jobs most of us would rather not call careers. Detractors say a minimum-wage raise to this level will destroy businesses financially or produce exorbitant menu prices, ultimately leading to joblessness for at least some of the nation’s 13.5 million restaurant workers workers. So those agitating for this change could, ironically, be the most hurt by it.

The unintended consequences are not the issue here, it’s the principal of the thing, damnit.

Not intending to rehash the old minimum wage thing, been there/done that, no, this post is more about business practices and eating habits.

I’m not big on strikes, not at all. You don’t like your job? Go find another one. I know, easier said than done, but businesses are in business to make money, the reason your ass has a job in the first place is because your employer has the capital to hire you. Disrupt that inflow of capital and consequences (like you getting fired) must result.

Tomorrow I would expect signs posted in all the work areas of fast food joints reminding them that those assigned to working May 15th are expected to show up for work May 15th. Those calling in sick better bring a note from their doctor and those just not showing up at all, we will mail you your check.

If memory serves, the last time I visited a fast food place (polish dogs and a coke at Costco while shopping don’t count) was at Chick Fil A appreciation day, that “hate chicken” sandwich was OK, nothing special. Not being a connoisseur of fast food, I realize that they would go out of business if they relied on me, but since they all do pretty much a robust bang up business in selling that junk, someone is buying it.

I would think that those working in fast food (mostly teenagers at their first job, from what I have witnessed) don’t have many options and their parents would not be too thrilled about getting the ax over making a statement. Here is some advice, keep flipping those burgers but stay in school, study hard, remember this shitty job as a floor, a place whereby you pick yourself off of, and better your station in life.