I stand with them. All of them. We all should.
Now, I don’t eat fast food, so I honestly don’t care if the price of a Big Mac goes up. I do, however, care about my fellow citizens outside the wealthy 2-percenters.
I also care a great deal about the quality of home care my fellow citizens receive, but let’s talk fast food.
First, it’s an asinine and patently wrong argument (look it up) that higher minimum wages will mean fewer workers. That’s a lie perpetrated by the wealthy who are too greedy to pay workers a living wage.
They also know they can count on Fox to whip the old folks into a lather so that they’ll go forth into the world repeating this lie as if they cared one whit for the working poor. They don’t.
As for the business and economics of this, stop and think about it.
It’s been a long time for me, but when was the last time you were in a fast food restaurant or drive-through and thought to yourself, “You know, this place is so fast and so over-staffed they could get rid of half of these workers and it would still be fast, fast, fast!!”
Companies and franchise owners aren’t stupid. They know the main reason people buy their food is convenience.
They also know that if they aren’t willing to take a little less profit; if they jack up the prices too high AND cut staff; they know you’re not going to be very happy. You’ll probably come in less frequently.
They’re also smart enough to know that, sooner or later, enough Americans are going to catch on to the fact that we’re subsidizing their profits with our tax dollars to pay for social safety net programs that their workers need just to survive.
No one – NO ONE!!! – can live on 15-grand a year. You people out there railing against a minimum wage turning into a living wage should try making your ends meet at 7 or 8 or 9 bucks an hour. Oh, and try to get a job and those wages where you’re “lucky” enough to get 40 HOURS PER WEEK FOR 52 WEEKS A YEAR!!!
Don’t even get me started on home care workers. Do we really want to live in a society where the people coming into our homes or our parents’ homes or the homes of our friends and family and neighbors to care for us are among the LOWEST paid workers in America?
It’s math, people. All we need to do is to do the math.
One other thing: stop voting for Republicans. All Republicans, everywhere.
They are a party whose ideology is anti-worker, anti-middle class, and anti-minimum/living wage.
It’s time for centrists, liberals, progressives, AND right-minded and intelligent conservatives to punish the GOP for their extremists ideology in the only way that matters – by voting against them.
Trickle-down economics is a lie. The Invisible Hand is a myth. Tax cuts for the wealthy never created a single job.
This country had its Golden Age when unions were strong, when the middle class was thriving and growing, and when the rich and the corporations paid more – much more – in taxes.
Tax cuts for the rich and deregulation is what killed this economy. It sure as hell wasn’t the poor and middle class who did all that damage. Any sane, rational, and intelligent person can see that.
So, if you’re not among the richest 2 percent in this country and you’re still voting for any Republican anywhere, you’re actually the problem. You’re not only voting against your own economic self-interest, you’re voting against all the rest of us outside that 2%.
How about you come to your senses and stop doing that?