U.S. fast-food workers shouldn't get a 'living wage'

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  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Sept. 23, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    Republicans don't even think teachers should get a living wage. Little Johnny and his crutches, bah humbug, boo hoo.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    Food workers should get decent health care. We all should.

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Sept. 22, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    We should just make people work for free. That way the 1% can hoard even more billions.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    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.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

    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.

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    Sept. 22, 2013 1:13 a.m.

    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."

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 12:40 a.m.

    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.