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Fight for 15? I say, FIRE for 15!

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I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. People are striking at McDonalds because they aren’t making $15/hour. Are you kidding me? $15/hour?

Since when is this McDonald’s fault? Since when was Subway and Burger King responsible for making sure that employees could sustain a family of six on their meager minimum wage salary. But today, these ingrates are laying this at the feet of all those companies out there that provide those jobs. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

The way I see it, every person who decides to strike because of this crap needs to be fired and replaced with people who want to work, not these idiots with their pricy neck tattoos and acrylic nails (hat tip: @FlyOverAngel) or the ones that weigh in at over 250 lbs (hat tip: @jd_bowen). They need to LOSE their jobs because they’re obviously not happy with them.

When I started out after high school, I took a job making $3.35/hour washing dishes at a truck stop. I didn’t gripe that it wasn’t enough to live on. I just needed something for residual income before going to the Army. That’s what a minimum wage job is for. I never complained. I busted my butt.

I was there to wash dishes. But I went further. I learned how to prepare food and work the grill, I bleached down the kitchen when time allowed, I waited tables so the waitresses could get a break, and I made our customers feel welcome and valued. I learned a lot about customer service – that was my takeaway beyond the pay.

Now I’m sure there are those out there that want to work, but can’t find a job, but the majority that I see in my experience are those who are not willing to do what it takes, to make the sacrifices and hold the moral line against those things that will eradicate prosperity.

You want to know why the so-called living wage is going up?

  1. It’s because Fed continues to devalue our money by pumping more stimulus into the economy. The more plentiful something is, the less valuable it is. The value of a hamburger doesn’t change that much. But when it takes more dollars to get the same value, the hamburger goes up in price.
  2. It’s because of entitlement. Everyone is believing that lie that they deserve a new car or a 52″ LCD TV. It would seem my generation was the last one to hear the message that if you want the big things, earn the money and go buy them.
  3. It’s because of immorality. Sorry, but getting drunk, stoned, or knocked up has serious financial costs. When you have three kids by three different men (and you don’t know which one is which), you deserve to live in poverty. The kids, however, also suffer for your mistake. Don’t expect that you’ll get jobs in a corporate office if you’re sporting gang tattoos or have sunken red eyes from smoking mary-jane all night.

I don’t have much sympathy for those who don’t want to work and are not willing to sacrifice to get ahead. They’re not going to be the next Donald Trump by holding a sign and griping about how hard things are. They climb that ladder through hard work, diligence, and persistence.

By the way, do you think the labor bosses and tinpots at the SEIU make paltry salaries? How many different ways can you say hypocrisy?

To my friends.

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

A $15 Minimum Wage? Fat chance!

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Once again, we continue to fight the battle over minimum wage.

Don’t they realize that the reason why costs have gone up on things is because the Fed continues to devalue the American Dollar by dumping more of their printed works of financial fiction into the market?  What that does is require EVERYONE to take a pay cut.  This is why we have those “adjusted for inflation” numbers – it’s because money isn’t worth what it once was.

If they indeed raise the minimum wage, then the cost of everything goes up to match inflation.  Do you seriously want to pay $15 for a Big Mac?

The thing is, the value of goods and services are what someone will pay for them.  But cost is not an evaluation of value because it’s contingent upon changing dynamics.  Instead, how about we value things based on the amount of time to acquire them?

For example, let’s take your time.  Every person, no matter age, gender, skin color, or ethnicity, gets 24 hours a day – 168 hours in a week.   You want to buy a microwave oven for $80 and you make $10/hr (taxes notwithstanding).  That’s a full day’s wages, spent for that microwave.

Folks, this is what economics is built on – simple unchanging ideas of the value of things.

Now, not to be overly mean, but many of these whiny people working min-wage jobs aren’t running around with college degrees (or have degrees in non employable fields).  They lack drive to actually improve themselves – but rather, want that entitlement.  They think they are actually WORTH more money than their being paid.

So, something I heard on Rush today – ask one of these nitwits how much is enough.  $20/hr?  $30/hr?  $50/hr?  Sooner or later, they will see that $50/hr is too much for flipping burgers at which point, you get them on their valuation.

Minimum wage jobs aren’t meant to build careers on.  People that aspire to nothing more than to flip burgers don’t deserve the bigger salaries.  No one out there is saying, “you deserve to be paid more!”.  So why should I demand it?

Stay rabid, my friends…

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August 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Seventeen Governors – Could It Be True?

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So, I finished up on my vacation, a restful and fun few days to be sure – and the subject of a post later this week.

But for the moment, I wanted to share something that caught my eye that was just too intriguing to ignore.

Question: What do the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have in common?

Answer: They all elected Republican governors in 2010.  States that are pretty staunch blue states, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, battleground states like Ohio and Florida, seventeen in all.

However, that’s not what is most interesting here.  Turns out that these states have all seen decreases in their statewide unemployment rates.  All of them.  Now I wouldn’t take the bait on a few states (unless it was something significant), or even a handful, but we’re talking a third of the entire Union has seen a drop in the unemployment rate, and on average, far faster than the national average.

The lowest of these states was Maine with just a 0.6% increase, from 8.0% to 7.4%.  The greatest of these is my home state of Michigan where the decrease was from 10.9% to 8.5% – a 2.4% drop.

Before I let any jubilation get the best of me, the pessimist inside me urged caution.  Now, I had to dig a little more to see what was actually happening.  Not that I don’t welcome news like this, but sometimes, it can be too good to be true:

Michigan is dropping because nearly 224,000 residents have left the Great Lakes workforce.  It seems the spike in improvement isn’t coming from the fact that there are more jobs, but less people in the unemployment line.  It’s estimated that 94,000 have left the state, so the other 130,000 have either retired out of the workforce, gone to school, of just gave up looking.  This is the more dangerous of the unemployment figures because it disguises the real problem – that the true level of unemployment just isn’t being talked about.

Florida seems to be showing the same pattern.  With a 2.3% drop, a very encouraging number, the number isn’t something to completely believe.  Florida is a haven for retirees – retiring baby boomers that have lost their jobs and had trouble securing new employment.

So, while I always think that electing Republicans are better for business than Lib-crats, we need to make sure that our celebrations are earned, when we see the results of real policies generating real results.  But of course, we need to remove those who believe expanding government is the way to fix the economy.

Hat Tip: Breitbart

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July 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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