America deserves a raise, says President Obama. Frankly, I get sick just thinking about what America deserves. I’m surprised Barack Obama had the temerity to mention the topic.
What we have been hearing constantly is that McDonalds and other fast food restaurants and big box stores ought to pay their employees more—even though they pay as well as unions.
The premise is that fast food establishments have the ability to pay a higher wage but don’t want to do so because they are so mean.
Maybe that story is false.
Maybe fast food restaurants are trying to be as efficient as possible in order to win over as many customers as possible. Maybe they hope that, because they operate so efficiently, they will be able to save some resources to use to help people out.
Because that is what we see happening.
From Fox News:
A number of motorists who had to abandon their vehicles in the snow on Highway 280 outside of Birmingham, Ala. were able to find shelter in the storm thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant’s owner, Mark Meadows.
Once the snow started accumulating, Meadows closed the restaurant and sent his staff home. But a few hours later, many of them returned – unable to get to their homes.
“Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there,” manager Audrey Pitt said. “It was a parking lot as far as I could see.”
So Pitt left her car on the side of the interstate and joined a flock of bundled up drivers trudging through the snow.
Some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.
“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”
The staffers braved the falling snow and ice and Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.
When the government steps in and makes businesses less profitable, they make it far less likely that those businesses will reach out and help their neighbors. They will be too fearful for their own survival. But when they are permitted to make a living through voluntary exchange, without being harassed and hated for serving the public, then they can be truly charitable.