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Friday, April 15, 2016

minimum wage hike


MINIMUM WAGE HIKE

I’m sure you’ve seen it in the news, California and New York State passing $15 a hour minimum wage hikes ( with places like Seattle talked about prior to that ).  Inevitably, like the strike drones of the Limbaugh Army To Save The Rich that they are, 99% of the responses are “the commies are taking over the country and now there won’t be any more jobs and The Free Market wouldn’t work this way and we need Ayn Rand for President”.  Now, I have nothing against the free market-not that we ever had one in this country.  I love Ayn Rand, bat crap crazy as she was she was also the only true advocate for freedom that ever became so popular and stayed that way ( it’s too bad we had to give the job to a foreigner but there wasn’t any crazy White boys willing to spend ten to fifteen years rewriting a tome to such perfection you would never have any idea it was the work of a English As A Second Language author ).  Rush Limbaugh I don’t hate too personally, even if I felt betrayed for having fallen for his bullcrap as a young lad, but I call Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics on almost everything he says.

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No, what bothers me with most folks response to the minimum wage hike controversy is that they so obviously point an accusing finger at the wrong parties and allow the guilty to roam free and dream up other acts of mayhem unmolested.  Socialists in the state governments might very well want minimum wage workers to make much more money, but socialists in local governments don’t pass the laws they want to pass or that they campaign about passing, but rubber stamp those laws they are told to pass ( and like it! ).  It is as simple as that.  At some small level of governance, mere bribery and greed rule.  Moving up the food chain, those politicians selected as controllable are given money to “win” the election.  Just because the money comes from corporations of course means those companies have a small say in the government, but they are still just the front men taking the blame for the dismal state of our democracy ( our Republic long ago turned into a democracy, which it never should have, but now we don’t even get that any more ).  Then above that level is the federal government who pretty much own all the states.  It used to be, back in that fabled Republic, the States were supreme and the Feds had very limited powers.  Now the roles are reversed.  States have practically no power, other than to be worse than the Feds-but NEVER better.  All the III%’ers and other assorted patriots talk crap about states rights and will never pick up their coveted shiny Black Plastic State Sponsored Imperial Carbine to make it a reality again.  Smart move, blowhards.  No revolution succeeds with the peoples help without starvation.

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But above the Feds you have the central bank and whoever owns that.  I won’t get into that right now, we’ve covered that many times and I might end up writing a too-long article that strayed far from its mission statement, but just take away from the above that the governors of California or New York State have as much effect on real power and politics as a fart does on a hurricane.   If they were told to increase the minimum wage, they do so gladly, doggedly clutching at their taxpayer subsidized riches and with giddy delight scream out, “please sir, have we have another!?”.  They are superficial whores, made up hussies whose only purpose in life is to help pacify the masses as they assist in screwing them with as large a girth size dildo as possible ( help me out here girls.  Width is far superior to length, am I right? ). 

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Now, to me it would seem like the obvious candidate for passing a minimum wage hike ( here forth abbreviated MWH as my brain keeps fumbling over all the m’s and n in the first word and I’m trying to write and whole damn article here and simply have NO damn time to finger fumble over one particular crusty word ) would be the corporations.  Sure, they pay more per employee, but they are guilty nonetheless.  You see this all the time, the big corporations increasing costs on themselves because the small competitors can’t afford it ( for instance, disallowing raw milk, a small farmer must invest in a lot of expensive machinery.  The big corporate farmer is easily financed for his machines, and they allow economics of scale, AND there are no mom and pop competition ).  How many small independent restaurant owners will go out of business when their labor costs double or triple ( I leave out of the discussion those states allowing waitresses to be paid far under minimum wage laws, the sad excuse being that the galley wenches receive gratuities-exploit single moms, much? )?  But in the meantime, your corporate owned eatery is automating their help.

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Sure, robots are worse than a retard quadriplegic on a skateboard in some tasks, like anything not routine which is all you’d expect from complaining customers, more angry at themselves for being fat and stupid enough to eat frozen soy and corn syrup pseudo-farm animal slop instead of preparing better closer to wholesome food at home far cheaper so they tend to act out at the restaurant, but how hard is it, really, to do away with at least half the positions in the place?  If you don’t care who your wait person is, because you won’t get a decent one anyway as they all just had their workload doubled as half were laid off, and instead of partitioning out customers to waitresses equally to insure equal tips the staff now doesn’t care if they get more tables filled, the customers just seat themselves.  There will be more ready to microwave dishes with everything prepped at a distant factory to decrease the work of the cook, and the waitress will now be scrapping the plates and loading the dishwasher herself.  In the cheaper places, you order from a machine and pay first, prior to sitting.  In fancier places, during rush times I’d expect to see an abbreviated menu, dishes offered for the sameness in their preparation ( no rare or medium of over-hard ), perhaps an ordering machine at the table, all dishes a simple number to push ( with self-serve drink dispenser for all )-then your waitress doesn’t need to take orders.  You need a dish deliverer and a table clearer.  I’d even expect a debit card swipe at the table to pay prior to the order going to the kitchen.

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See how easy that was?  Of course, expect the upgrades to be expensive, under guise of public health regulations, to reward the big guys and penalize the mom and pops.  When retards go to school for an MBA, the only lesson they learn is Growth Uber Alles!  That is all they need to know, other than how to be a crook.  Growth above all else-period.  Corporations actually don’t get the old joke-”we’ll make up for lost profits in volume”.  They keep growing until they aren’t profitable anymore.  They would love to have expensively furnished machine/robot heavy food serving stations, without local individual competition.  Now, granted, I’m a bit lost on how this benefit’s the FedGov ( much higher unemployment ), unless they WANT more unemployed masses slurping at the bread and circus trough as a form of control.  And I suppose the central bank benefits from extending loans out to mega-corporations for all the new equipment and growth.  Although I admit to being less than sure the motivations of the Top Dogs to pass the MWH, I propose to you, loyal minions, that there is definitely more to this story than socialist politicians being the new Red Commie Menace of days past.

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29 comments:

  1. Don't forget Obamacare plays into this: they want to make sure that if you're working, you earn enough money that you can't get out of having health insurance by being too poor. And if a minimum wage hike causes you to lose your job, great! that's another person they can add to the Medicaid rolls.

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    1. In days of yore, the Roman farmers were taxed so high they couldn't grow. Today, workers with health care can't live on what is left. Penalized for working, throughout history.

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  2. No wonder the successful mom and pop restaurants employ mom and pop, four kids and three cousins, put two illegals outback.

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  3. Lord Bison,
    The shift to 15 dollars an hour here in Kalifornia will help the state by forcing the lower income folks off Medi-Cal free health insurance. They will be required to pay for their insurance.

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    1. You can't afford to live there at $15 an hour, never mind the $3 an hour left over after medical and withholding.

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    2. The funny part is, in the cities where they have raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, people are asking to have their hours cut so their wages are still low enough to get benefits.

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  4. Minimum wage hikes definitely make things interesting for the small businesses.

    I run a small home-based business using my children as slave labor. Once they are old enough to leave home, I will probably close the business.

    In my opinion, most people aren't worth minimum wage -- work ethic sucks. So many people are use to regular jobs were you spend 1/2 your day taking bathroom breaks and sitting around pressing buttons. Heck, now that I'm getting a little older, I'm not sure that I'm worth $15 an hour and I'm a hard worker.

    Considering that the gov't takes almost half our wages for various taxes, it seems to me that lowering taxes would have about just as much benefit as raising wages.

    So you make $15 an hour....well you only get to use about $7 of that (probably even less now with Obamacare). So you make more, but in reality you're poorer. Sounds like a typically bait and switch to me.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. Don't let the kids leave. Is hobbling too severe?

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    2. Glad you posted anonymously... I Am Not A Lawyer, but as I understand, even if it's your own kids, you still have to pay minimum wage.

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    3. Perhaps that is an individual state thing? I was under the assumption you paid your kids n room and board, in the eye law they were not even employees.

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    4. If they go to a public school, kids are a dangerous thing to have around. They easily talk.

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    5. Damn coneheads, floppier lips than Obammy.

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  5. Easy to control what people eat with an automated food factory style restaurant as per your description "sorry debit card holder X, you have exceeded your prescribed protein consumption for the day, have some nice syntho-carrots instead." and less ability to publicly shame those on the public dole - what is the difference to a machine between a food stamp card and a gold master card after all? with no live person to see it? aka encouraging the public dole for more people. Let granny government control your finances, your food, your fornicating, granny government knows what is good after all. Blech!
    Seriously, everything that can be will be automated just like in the idiocracy movie. You will sit at your table push the 'buttons' with the images of what you want on the screen, swipe your card, and pick up or have delivered your order of pre made pap. With how many lower class apartments in California lack fridges, stoves, etc., having everyone eat at the automat restaurants of their choice (some choice!)on food stamps or credit cards will be the wave of the future.
    Then modest ongoing 'improvements' in the form of purchase restrictions or lack of availability of other options will get the masses to eat what the government and corps want to feed. Even the Jones church Kool-Aid should the restaurants be told to do so.
    70 years worth of food.
    That's what we need to prepare for.
    And 70 years worth of everything else that will be automated.
    Medical care.
    Dental care.
    Vision care.
    Clothing.
    Shelter.
    Heating/cooling.
    They will all be as automated as possible as quickly as possible.

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    1. Is gruel such a bad option, as long as the flavors change? Why hurt yourself with choices?

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  6. We ate at Applebee's today.
    A tattooed idiot seated us, a tablet on the table took our order - just touch the picture(s) of choice (add $1.99 to your bill to play a selection of games), another tattooed idiot brought our drinks and grub and stopped back by several times to say "no problem", then we swiped a card on the tablet to pay the bill and got out of there. Life in the future, now.

    And they $15/hr for that?

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    1. I ate at Applebees about 5 years ago. I eat at the casino here, less than six times a year. I guess I'm way behind.

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  7. I'm not sure where this is going or why from a PTB point of view, but just like the Oil Glut and the Saudi end game with oil, I just know something is up. Fast food will be first. Momentum Machines (http://momentummachines.com/) already has a machine that can make 360 custom burgers an hour. Turn the Kiosk around at many of these fast food places and I can do my own ordering. Elevator operators, I know you remember them you old fart, Gas station attendants. What other jobs can we old timers remember existing, but now gone, because it has been automated or we do it ourselves.

    I'm no Luddite, but things have disappeared. On the other side of the coin, my job didn't exist when I was a kid. Computer Systems Engineer/Network Engineer blah blah blah. We are fairly high paid group. Now with that said, are there as many or more IT workers than what they replaced? I have no idea.

    In the ballpark of the conversation here. What about Truck drivers?

    I've been IT since 1995, but went back into the Army in 2007 and left again in 2009, via medical discharge. I was sick of IT work, so I got the bright idea to drive a truck. I went to school along with my wife I might add and we both got our Class A CDL, which I still maintain. I went to work for a firm that hired right out of our school and tried that for a couple of months. Screw that. Driving in NYC sucks and people treat you like you have a third eye, because you are a DRIVER, plus the pay is way lower than expected. (I know for a supposed smart guy I can be dumb.) I say all of this because any drivers out there may get a bit mad at me, because truthfully, you don't need to have too many neurons firing to do this job. Yes there are some things that need some thinking, but 95% of it you just warm the seat pretty much. (There are a lot of good folks out there driving, but I can tell you there are some very scary people driving too.) Of course our clever German friends at Daimler/Mercedes have a self driving truck they are working on. Now go here (https://medium.com/basic-income/self-driving-trucks-are-going-to-hit-us-like-a-human-driven-truck-b8507d9c5961#.nl7c3r2a3) or google search "robot truck drivers" and click on the medium.com article and look at what is the most common job in each state. You can guess what it is in what I count of 29 of the states. Truck Driver. Read the article. When this comes to pass I agree it will be VERY disruptive. The other thing is Peak Oil. I'm not real sure how trucking companies will stay in business when fuel prices are much higher than they have ever been. Of course the little guys will bite it first, or companies that have high debt and can't afford too much a hike in fuel prices. Maybe not having to pay a real driver, but someone to sit in the seat and push the brakes in an emergency, or pay a real driver, but get the laws changed as to how long a single human can sit behind the wheel.

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    1. Truck transport was a way to use more oil, and more rubber and more metal, etc. Just like going to war was a great idea to waste surplus, once upon a time. A silly long term idea, multiplied all across our economy.

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  8. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I know it isn’t more government interference. And hiking the min-wage is gov interference.

    I use to have a company with 3 employees and I got tired of all the garbage needed to keep up with all the stuff government required. I dropped back to a one-man business, I made 75% of what I did with the employees and a LOT less stress and garbage to deal with. My life was much better with just myself doing the work, well worth it as I was a happier person.


    In a perfect world the government would keep it’s nose out of business dealings. But at the same time there has to be some regulations to keep businesses on the right path. But it has gone way too far as far as government regulations & laws. They harm business severally the last 60-years.

    There is 3 big reasons why things are made in China today and not in The USA.

    Government regulations are excessive and costly.

    Government taxes are excessive and costly.

    Union wages are excessive and costly.

    Yes there are other reasons, but these 3 and how they eat up profit are the main ones that drive companies off-shore.




    Ayn Rand had it wrong, in her world government and big business butted head and government drove business owners to just give up. But what really happened is government, banks and big business blended into one (purely evil) massive conglomerate that serves itself at the expense of the people.



    As far as Rush Limbaugh, he is and always has been a party man. If the democrats do it, it’s bad, if the republicans do it it’s good. Even if it is the same idea Dem’s bad Rep’s good. Listening to him got old quick.

    I’m also tired of listening to Glen Beck.

    I don’t need to turn a radio on and have someone tell me how to think, I can and do think all by myself. Most times while driving about I just think and don’t have the radio on at all.

    Also I find that more then 50% of the time when I turn the radio on there is a commercial on. I get tired of people pushing the latest thing on me. Commercialism (excessive non-stop buying of junk) is just not where I’m at.


    Chuck Findlay

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    1. I almost can't listen to the radio at all anymore. Even old rock stations. I know you need to pay the bills, but how about one or two commercials between songs, instead of twenty ads in a row. And if I want the weather forecast to be wrong 93% of the time, I'll just check the internet and get the WAY better than the radio 99% wrong.

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  9. Check out this article on Lew Rockwell. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/04/richard-daughty/lately-getting-know-really-scared/

    He is insightful, but probably doesn't have as good of hair.

    I have been learning about stuff to free humanity at www.freedomsphoenix.com. It is a cool site with lots of tech to help be independent. Good info from a variety of writers, not all do I agree with, but the tech stuff is good.

    Bitcoin and crypto currencies are helping the unbanked all over the world. Maidsafe has gone up 300% in 90 days and they are trading now at under 8 cents per coin. I think most could afford a few of those!

    Time to get a garden in!!! If you want to be independent, start being less dependent. If you want to really be a gangster, grow your own food.

    Mofreedom

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    1. I always envisioned Magambo G having as having super hair.

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    2. See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8niiQ85wqbs

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    3. Another delusion. Bad reverse comb over and weak soup strainer.

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  10. “Now, granted, I’m a bit lost on how this benefit’s the FedGov”


    Ooh, I know, I know James! (cyber hand raised in the air here). More student loans for those laid off employees. They now have the justification to go back to college and “better” themselves by getting an “education”.


    Spot on Chuck. If you listen to any of the so called “conservatives” on the radio, along with the “fair and balanced” faux news channel long enough, it doesn't take long to figure out that they're all basically spokesmouths for the Republican party. Which was never a small government party from the beginning (i.e. Lincoln, civil war, destruction of the republic, etc). And since when did feminism, which is of leftist, socialist, origins, become a platform of the right? The modern right is a thoroughly watered down version, and has become something that's at best, a scarcely better alternative to the opposition.

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    1. Win/win for the banks, and the banks. So what, if in the end, the FedGov has trillions in uncollectable student loans. Good point.

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    1. I started reading "the redneck manifesto" yesterday ( quite good, BTW ), but I think I can take a couple of hours to read this one. Thank you!

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