Walmart Should Stop Trying to Placate Living Wage Leftists

Otherwise, they are committing suicide. It is impossible to placate the Left. You only encourage them. I recently posted about Walmart closing hundreds of stores and raised the possibility that this was the result of Walmart’s wage increase. Now Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge weighs in on the issue, telling Walmart that they should “never listen to the left.” Back when Walmart raised the wage Mark Horne raised the possibility that the retail giant was hoping to stop criticism. For Durden, there Read more […]

Walmart Shuttering 154 Stores in the U.S. after Raising Wages

Here is another example of the great recovery we’ve had under Obama. According to Tribune Media: “Walmart to close 269 stores, 154 in U.S.; 10,000 employees impacted.” Walmart is closing 154 stores in the U.S., the company announced on Friday. As part of a “sharpened focus on portfolio management,” the 154 U.S. closures include 102 of its Walmart Express stores, which were opened during a test that started in 2011. The other closures include 23 Neighborhood Market stores, 12 Supercenters, Read more […]

Fast Food Business Owners and Employees Are in a Mutual Relationship

A recent Chick-fil-A decision demonstrates that business owners are not opposed to their employees. The basic stance in the media and in politics has been that fast food business owners are the enemies and exploiters of their employees. Just like telling one lie demands a person make up other lies, so this myth creates others. If fast food business owners are exploiting their workers, this means that a free society is a place where mutually agreed upon payments are detrimental to one class of Read more […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Raise Minimum Wage and Workers Cut Hours to Keep Welfare

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 […]

L.A. Stage Actors Understand Economics! No to Higher Wage.

L.A. stage actors want to be exempt from minimum wage hikes because they don’t want their employers driven out of business. This is great but it is infuriating. Doesn’t anyone realize that all other businesses are affected by the same economic forces? I’m referring to this story at the New York Times about L.A. stage actors: “Actors’ Equity Pushes for Minimum Wage, but Not All Members Want It.” They rehearse for weeks, often in run down theaters that were once garages or retail Read more […]

Slaves Liberated from Walmart. Where’s the Celebration?

Suddenly thousands of employees were liberated from Walmart oppression. Why aren’t they happy? From Business Insider: “Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 stores and laid off thousands of workers and no one knows why.” Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday for alleged plumbing problems. The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports. Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided Read more […]

Minimum Wage: Income Gap Widens in Seattle

Raising minimum wage doesn’t solve the income gap; it aggravates the income gap. Supposedly, a higher minimum wage is needed to deal with the income gap. But Seattle is showing us not only does a higher minimum wage not address the problem. It additionally makes the problem worse. Seattle, by imposing a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage is going to widen the income gap. Think about it. In order for people of modest means to be able to afford to eat out, they need to be able to go to Read more […]

Declining McDonald’s Mocked for Resisting Higher Wages

Why is McDonald’s mocked for trying to stay afloat? Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing is all outraged that McDonald’s is fighting Seattle’s tremendously high minimum wage. He can’t believe that people who are merely being forced to do things against their will under the threat of violent punishment would think they have any reason to appeal to the Fourteenth Amendment—because that was about slavery. He even trots out the Liberal cliché about how corporations aren’t people. This is a Read more […]

Walmart Raises Wages; Still Getting Complaints

While Walmart raises wages, activists are getting ready to force the company to give employees more hours. People have been using Walmart as a punching bag for years. They make all kinds of accusations against the company based on their success and the ready number of people who are willing to work for them. Somehow, the fact that they aren’t in a crisis finding employees counts as evidence that they are probably mistreating their employees. Their success in getting satisfied customers proves Read more […]

White House Preaches Higher Minimum Wage, Pays Nothing

While the White House insists that wages for workers should be raised, it actually pays nothing to some of its workers. People at the White House are concerned about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. They don’t think there are enough of them in Washington DC. The Weekly Standards quotes the White House announcement: “Calling All Students: Apply for the Summer 2015 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program.” The announcement provides details Read more […]