Dangers of a Minimum Wage Hike

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It’s almost, but not quite, idiot-proof.

It seemed that no more than four or five workers were running the entire operation once we visited during the lunch rush.

Thank goodness employees have valiant Democrats protecting us from greedy companies. Unfortunately, that needs protecting a number people from employment .

It is a sad story when a young person never gets that first job, never gets an opportunity to demonstrate a solid work ethic and punctuality. It corrodes their self-image, and frequently contributes to substance abuse and criminal lifestyles. It is hard on families and relationships.

Since Allie Beth Stuckey has stated, work isn’t a necessary evil. It is a necessary good. Not having honorable work creates a vacuum, which vacuum will be filled by something. If not offense, maybe political extremism.

Somebody will pay for developing a category of unemployed and unemployable young people, but it will not be the cynical Progressive politicians. Unemployed, unskilled young folks are not likely to diagnose the reason for their unemployment unless they have taken some upper-level economics in college, which is the genius of the Democrats’ position.

They’ll demand and get lavish praise from the beneficiaries of a higher minimum wage, but they will never be held liable for the devastating effect of their laws on brand new, unskilled workers and their families and communities. That will result from racism, underfunded public instruction or the ever-popular”greedy corporations.”

There was a 2012 fast food attack in nyc, but it got limited traction in the moment. I would say the minimum wage groundswell started in the Progressive precincts of the Pacific Northwest a few years after. Ballot initiatives imposed a number of the minimum wage increases, and a few were enforced by town councils.

My job took me through Seattle frequently during this period. In the months following Seattle enacted a stout minimum wage increase, I noticed that many little family-owned restaurants had closed. Kiosks can not wash dishes and bus tables yet.

But down the shore in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, smart engineers and coders were inventing the technology that could save the restaurant business from slumping high wages. Good for them, good for the restaurant owners, catastrophic for young, inexperienced employees.

Think about the benefits to a owner: no payroll, no social security contribution, no scheduling play, no instruction, no slip-and-fall or spine injuries, no embarrassing racial accusations, and no #MeToo claims of sexual harassment. The kiosk gives the employer peace of mind, not only financial benefits.

Needless to say, the rest of the back-of-the-house workers can not be replaced by a machine. Yet.

The Democratic platform advocates increasing the current $7.25 national minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Rep. Keith Ellison and Sen. Bernie Sanders have introduced laws to automatically boost the national minimum wage from that $15, according to median national wage growth. Ellison’s measure would also outlaw the practice of paying tip workers less than the minimum wage.

Hence that the handwriting is on the wall. The fast food chain operators are not paranoid, just logical. They don’t need to go broke. They do not want to get fired by stockholders. There’ll be far more kiosks, and a whole lot fewer employees.

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