Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Ahh-of course it was written by the Heritage Foundation. The same outfit that
designed Obamacare and is now fighting tooth and nail to wreck it. We should
call it Heritagecare.
This article is fraught with statistical and factual inaccuracies. Just as an example, when trying (and failing) to explain the payment disparity
between US low-wage workers and the average Mexican worker, the author states
that, "American workers more productive, raising their earnings.
Competition forces businesses to pay workers according to their
productivity." Any human being with an internet connection and a shred of
integrity could easily find that, in the United States, wages do not track with
productivity since Reagan, voodoo economics took root in the early 1980's.
Productivity skyrocketed while wages stagnated. DesNews, I
understand this article is categorized under the "opinion" section but
at least show your readers some respect by choosing articles based on reality,
not ones that ignore reality in order to support their/your "opinion."
So they're getting by on a razor-thin profit margin with their near-minimum
wage payouts and exorbitantly-priced, two pieces of bun with a thin piece of
cardboard in between. Yeah, right. Very conveniently -- and ever-typically --
the most significant and glaring factor in these kinds of discussions is left
out, namely, the disease of Greed, which rages in the hearts of men today. It is the first explanation for why the rich are getting richer and the
poor are getting poorer. And no one need confuse an expectation of
fairness to covetousness. Many would have us think of "work ethic" in
terms of how hard a worker works. How about the other side of work ethic: not
oppressing the hireling in his labor, and paying him a fair wage? Somehow, we
don't talk about that so much. No wonder Jesus spoke of camels, and of
eyes of needles.
Fast food workers should get a living wage. So should waitresses, and roofers,
and cement workers, and migrant field workers, and the people who drive around
my neighborhood picking up metal around bulk-pickup days.
I see Wal-Marts, McDonald's, and Taco Bell's all over the place. It
seems like they are making a buck. I think they can afford to do better. I
hear that In-an-Out Burger actually pays its employees a lot better. Maybe they
are the real model and we should eat there and boycott these other places that
basically want to pay their employees minimum wage, or less if they could. If the supporters of capitalism and the free market want everyone to
stop being critical or whatever, perhaps capitalism can start being more
responsible. It is okay to make a buck but corporate CEO's making millions
of dollars while their workers make minimum wage makes for easy criticism. If
capitalism doesn't do better, maybe Marx will be right after all. I prefer
capitalism as it generally brings out innovation through competition, but the
system has to do better for all, not just for an elite few.
We should just make people work for free. That way the 1% can hoard even more
Earest, you make a point, I realize the sarcasm. It just made me think of the
fact that this country actually had the gall to make people work for free not
that long ago.And the 1% hoarded, but now I fear suffer in the
depths of purgatory. For their own good I think we need to make the 1% pay
better wages, so they don't suffer later. It's still all about them -
just the way they like it.Like I always say, you leave your kids
home long enough and you'll come home to find one of them making the rest
do all the work. God keeps having the same problem.
Food workers should get decent health care. We all should.
Republicans don't even think teachers should get a living wage. Little
Johnny and his crutches, bah humbug, boo hoo.
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