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What Happens When a CEO Pays a $70k Annual Minimum Wage?

low income workers Only a few months ago David Price announced his experiment of paying everyone in his company the same annual minimum wage. Already we are seeing results. Back when it was first announced, both Mark Horne and Bob Allen commented on Dan Price’s new payscale. Mark was a bit more pessimistic. He wrote in part: What we don’t know is whether his business will make it under this new scheme. Hopefully it will. But it will bring certain challenges. For one thing, is Price going to expect everyone Read more [...] Continue reading →

Politicians Pretend Airlines Can’t Protect Customers from Second-Hand Vaping

vaping Don’t businesses already have an incentive to keep customers from being inconvenienced or harmed by vaping? As you probably already know, vaping is the new term for using “electronic cigarettes” which allow you to inhale nicotine without smoking tobacco. I’ve heard that nicotine is an intelligence booster and have wondered about experimenting with it. But even if I found it helped, I’m not sure I would want to feel dependent on the expense. Plus, I’m not certain that vaping is safe Read more [...] Continue reading →

McDonald’s Still Declining because Food Overpriced: Raise Minimum Wage?

ronald mcdonald sad McDonald’s tried to ditch their dollar menu but customers are finding the food overpriced. Mark Horne has written about the problem facing McDonald’s before. It is also a problem for advocates of raising the minimum wage. A recent report shows the problem is still weighing McDonald’s down. According to CNBC, “McDonald's is losing fierce fast-food fight.” Last week, McDonald's reported its global comparable sales fell again, dropping 0.7 percent in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Chamber of Commerce Out for Revenge over Ex-Im Bank

tom donohue The Chamber of Commerce has decided to start working for the defeat of conservatives in Congress. Others have written before on this blog about the open war between moneyed Republicans and the Tea Party, and especially between the Chamber of Commerce and the Tea Party. Another chapter in that story of battle and betrayal has come upon us as the Chamber of Commerce swears vengeance over the defeated, crony-capitalist Ex-Im Bank. The Ex-Im Bank, remember, used taxpayer subsidized loans to provide Read more [...] Continue reading →

A Sign that Planned Parenthood Is Vulnerable

hannibal planned parenthood Planned Parenthood is vulnerable and they have let us know it. How do I know that Planned Parenthood is vulnerable? Because they have began trying to hide their vulnerabilities. The Daily Signal reports, “Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object.” By Wednesday afternoon, Planned Parenthood had removed Xerox from its list of companies that match gifts to the organization. By Thursday morning, Planned Parenthood removed every company name Read more [...] Continue reading →

Contact These Companies Who Donate to Planned Parenthood

twitter-followme Yesterday, the Daily Signal put up a list of the 39 companies who donate to Planned Parenthood. It had been 41, since it was based upon the list that Planned Parenthood displayed on their website. Since the article was published, Ford and Xerox made haste to let us know they are no longer listed donors of Planned Parenthood. This is important because large corporations notoriously do not want to take a moral stand if they do not have to. But the time for that is over. We ought to contact these Read more [...] Continue reading →

Confirmed: War against Ridesharing is War against Poor

uber_logo Ridesharing is half as expensive and twice as fast. So politicians want to steal it from us. The study was paid for by Uber, so there will be plenty of denials. But the test looks valid to me: The design could hardly have been simpler; we sent pairs of riders to call for taxi service or use an app to summon UberX for travel along pre-planned routes. The riders recorded how long it took – starting from the moment of picking up the phone or opening the app – before they were actually in a car Read more [...] Continue reading →

Corporations Can Be Good and Generous because Sometimes People Are

southwest airlines And yes, that’s because corporations are people, for better and worse. Everyone pretends that the phrase “corporations are people” refers to the legal concept of “corporate personhood.” It doesn’t. It simply means that  corporations consist of people acting in cooperation. That’s why it is important to realize the restricting the “rights of corporations” is really an attack on people. The only way my writing appears on your screen right now is because of some corporations. Read more [...] Continue reading →

Did Veterans Affairs Deliberately Help Soldiers Mess Up Their Paperwork and Delay Care?

healthcare There is evidence that the Veterans Affairs bureaucrats decided not to tell veterans what they needed to do to apply for care. You might remember the Pixar movie, "The Incredibles." One of my favorite scenes was of Mr. Incredible's job at an insurance agency. He was supposed to turn down claims whether they were legitimate or not. Ironically, I think the popular perception that movie tapped into was one reason why people were receptive to Obamacare as our savior from the insurance agencies. Read more [...] Continue reading →

State Trying to Kill Uber over Fairness and Equality

uber_logo A judge wants to kill Uber in California so it can’t be unfair to customers. If you live in one area of town, and a business starts operating in another part of town where you don’t have easy access, how is that unfair to you? If a restaurant chain opens two restaurants in a town that is only easily accessible to forty percent of the population, how is that a detriment to the other sixty percent? The sixty percent of the town who don’t have access to the restaurant are no worse off than Read more [...] Continue reading →

How Many People Still Support the First Amendment?

confederate cake You can’t support the First Amendment by supporting freedom only for speech you like. It seems that people are outraged that a bakery made a cake that a customer ordered which was decorated as a Confederate battle flag. Wait... People are outraged over that? I thought bakers weren't allowed to discriminate between customers. I seem to remember a couple who had to pay out $135k for the crime of not wanting to make a cake a customer ordered. So this is freedom, right? Making businessmen slaves Read more [...] Continue reading →

Internet Rumor about Why Oregon Couple was Fined is False

rainbow gunpoint The internet rumor claims the Oregon couple was not fined for refusing to make a same sex “wedding” cake. As you probably know, an Oregon couple that owns a bakery business got fined $135,000 when they turned down a Lesbian couple that wanted them to bake their “wedding” cake. One version of this story started circulating claiming that the business was fined for publishing the names and addresses of the Lesbian couple thus making them vulnerable to various levels of hate and damages. It Read more [...] Continue reading →