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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 →

Raise Minimum Wage and Workers Cut Hours to Keep Welfare

ronald mcdonald sad Reportedly, Seattle’s law to raise minimum wage is running into a conflict with the welfare state. As Mark reported back in 2013, one attempt to propagandize for a higher minimum wage was to accuse large companies using unskilled labor of being “welfare queens.” McDonald’s and Walmart were smeared with this term because anyone who was trying to live on a single income as one of their employees would need government assistance to live. The idea was pushed that McDonald’s and Walmart are Read more [...] Continue reading →

Limo Rider Hillary Clinton Lectures Us on Evils of Uber

uber_logo Uber is bad because consumers aren’t paying more to crony taxi cab companies. When a politician is described as “boosting labor” that means he or she wants to force consumers to pay more and get fewer options.  Thus the U.S. News and World Report headline: “Hillary Clinton Boosts Workers, Blasts Uber.” Hillary Clinton is out to boost labor rights at companies like Uber, a move that may resonate with some voters but could alienate small-business owners. The leading Democratic presidential Read more [...] Continue reading →

Guy Wants to Marry His Boyfriend and Destroy Catholic School

Gay Cupcakes He expected to keep his job (he claims) as a Catholic school teacher even when he announced his plan to marry his boyfriend. Does a Catholic school have a right to exist in the United States? Just before the Supreme Court invented the right to fake marriage between two men or two women (or more?), I posted about the question: “What Happens to Christian Schools when SCOTUS Creates Same-Sex ‘Marriage’?” The answer is coming fast. One guy says that the Federal Government has the Read more [...] Continue reading →

Don’t Believe the Unemployment Rate

lies people statistics So, the government tells us the unemployment rate is just over 5%. These are the same people who told you "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor"... that the attack on the Libyan embassy was a "spontaneous protest of an Internet video" no one saw... bureaucrats who claim the cost-of-living is lower because you can substitute cat food for steak (hedonics), and that there has been no price inflation, therefore they don't have to increase government checks for those dependent on them... Read more [...] Continue reading →

Commission Destroys Uber as a Viable Business

uber_logo Uber is a rideshare app that the California Labor Commission has ruled is an employer that owes employment benefits. As the economy get worse, developing new ways of living more cheaply becomes more and more important. Ridesharing technology is one of those revolutionary innovations. I have argued that it has the potential to end the day to day torments that are behind the protests in Ferguson. Taxi Cab companies are even demanding bailouts because of ridesharing services. But now a judge in Read more [...] Continue reading →

Colorado Supreme Court Makes Wrong Decision on Marijuana

gavel scales law books The Colorado Supreme Court affirms freedom for businesses, but only under Government Control. I don’t know that I agree with the way Dish Network treated their former employee Brandon Coats. In fact, it seems kind of cruel to me, if it is true that Coats had a real medical need. According to the Denver Post, Coats became quadriplegic in a car accident and used marijuana to control leg spasms. He had a medical marijuana card and consumed pot off-duty. He was fired in 2010 after failing a random Read more [...] Continue reading →

Minimum Wage Lesson: Union That Campaigned for It Wants Exemption

unemployment The union officials who demanded no exceptions to the Los Angeles minimum wage hike are now giving us a minimum wage lesson by asking for an exception. Minimum wage increases don’t increase unemployment, they argue. Or, rather, they assert. There is no argument. But then suddenly the truth comes out when the very people arguing that a higher minimum wage must be inflicted on all businesses without exception suddenly demand an exception in order to increase union employment. From the Los Read more [...] Continue reading →

Daily Beast Writer Figured Out Minimum Wage Hurts Poor

minimum wage She writes as if she hates admitting that real economists have said for centuries that raising the minimum wage hurts poor people. Even as she raises the issue she tries to make “conservative economists” appear unreliable: This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour, from the current $9, by 2020, joining the ranks of other liberal cities like Seattle and San Francisco who are acting despite federal inaction on the issue. But L.A. is the largest Read more [...] Continue reading →

Once Again, Labor Force Participation Rate Sinks to Record Low

people not in labor force More people are not part of the labor force than has ever been the case since 1977. Why do we keep blogging about this story in 2012, 2013, 2014, and now? Because the labor force participation rate keeps getting worse! In fact, according to this chart from Zero Hedge, the trend line has been steadily getting worse since the middle of Bush’s first term. No, not George W. Bush! I’m referring to the one-term presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush (see the lower chart). In order to Read more [...] Continue reading →

New York Times Discovers Work is Hard

korean manicurists For manicurists in major cities, work is hard, but how does abolishing the jobs help those workers? The New York Times has released a major exposé of the nail salon industry: “The Price of Nice Nails.” It shows some pretty horrible stuff. Because many of these workers are in the country illegally, they cannot sue their employer for assault when they are physically assaulted—as sometimes happens. In general, however, much of the story shows the arrogance of moralizing about market operations. Once Read more [...] Continue reading →

Regime Tool Meredith Vieira Lies about Women’s Pay

meredith vieira Meredith Vieira ambushed Stacey Dash with misleading statistics; media covers for her. Awhile back Meredith Vieira was a host on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” In that game, the contestant had to know the answers to questions. But if he didn’t know the answer, he had some options. One was a limited number of “lifelines” where he could call somebody and get their input. But when you are a Republican celebrity on the Meredith Vieira show, you don’t get that luxury. And if she brings Read more [...] Continue reading →