Your Future Is Now

I’ve said before that raising the minimum wage in order to provide the “poor” with the material standard of living they feel entitled to is a plan that will backfire, causing incalculable financial harm to the very people it’s meant to provide for.

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McDonald’s New Kiosk Model
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Well, it appears that, if you’re one of those who’ve been screaming to make $15 / hr to flip burgers, your future is now. McDonald’s is piloting a new, cashier-free kiosk system in several major US cities after having great success with them in Europe. And this is just McDonald’s; others are moving this way as well.

What is as telling as it is interesting is that, despite the hype, that these kiosks were developed to reduce labor costs, they weren’t. They were developed in order to speed up the ordering process and overall improve the customer experience…because the workers, who now want more money, couldn’t or wouldn’t do job as well as a self-service kiosk.

And the above are just about the cashiers. Other automated systems are in development or early pilot to completely automate the fast food cooking process. Hence, soon there may be very few people employed in the fast food industry at all.

Yes, to all those who’ve pushed, and pushed, and putsched to jack up the minimum wage I say, your future is now and it is bleak.

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Society: The Basics (14th Edition)
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Side Jobs (Dresden Files)

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Never Intended

There will always be issues, often severe ones, when anything is used in a manner that was never intended to be used in.

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Fast Food Was Never Intended To Sustain Someone Indefinitely

Fast food is perfect example and one that is very timely at this moment in history. It was never intended to be mainstay of anyone’s diet and its misuse as such is the reason behind the Liberals’ and Progressives’ complaints about obesity, food deserts, and other such things. Similarly, fast food jobs were never intended to sustain a person economically for any great length of time and their misuse is at the heart of the Liberals’ and Progressives’ assault to increase the minimum wage.

Truly though, the issue of minimum wage and its use and misuse has two disparate vectors, a legitimate issue and an illegitimate construction.

A Legitimate Issue

To be fair, under the influence of Obamanomics the demographics of who’s working in the fast food industry or otherwise earning only minimum has changed greatly since 2008. There are more and more men and women, previously well-employed, now being forced by circumstance to attempt to support themselves and often their families through minimum wage jobs.

An Illegitimate Construction

Irrespective of just who is now working for minimum wage, a huge underlying problem with it now is the Liberals’ and Progressives’ construction that minimum wage should be a wage upon which someone can live well. This in turn reflects their beliefs that the poor are somehow more downtrodden than is rationally acceptable. They truly seem to believe that the poor should have a standard of living that is similar to that which is enjoyed by the more productive and successful.

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Also remember that this misuse, if allowed to continue and expand, will just make things worse. It will both reduce the number of minimum wage jobs available as employers adapt and raise the prices of many basic products and services, thereby destroying the increase in workers’ buying power that increasing the minimum wage is intended to accomplish.

Related Reading:

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Fast Food, Good Food: More Than 150 Quick and Easy Ways to Put Healthy, Delicious Food on the Table
Hope Is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia (Global Youth)
The Minimum Wage (Opposing Viewpoints)
The Minimum Wage: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)

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Who’d Hire Them?

Obama seemed pretty proud of his regime’s “Jobs for Jihadis” program to counter Islamic terrorism.

Who’d Hire Them?

Take a look at a sampling of them though. Who’d hire them? I can’t see where any amount of economic improvement and increased employment opportunities outside of the suicide bomber marketspace would help them much, if at all. 😆

Related Reading:

Islamist Terrorism in Europe: A History
No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice (TED Books)
You are Fired, Laid Off, Now What?  How to Survive, Thrive and Win the Unemployment Benefits You Deserve
Knock 'em Dead Job Interview: How to Turn Job Interviews Into Job Offers

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