Did You Hear the One Where Costco Said Politics Had Nothing to Do with Their Dumping an Anti-Obama Book?

I don’t know if Dinesh D’Souza would want to characterize his book, America: Imagine a World Without Her, so simplistically, but that is obviously how the decision-makers of Costco viewed it. They have pulled it from their stores. From Jerome Cosci at WND.com: The book, heavily critical of Barack Obama, was officially released June 2. A corporate decision to return the books was issued July 1, just as it is about to debut on the New York Times bestseller list. [CFO Richard] Galanti confirmed Read more […]

The Reason You Hate Work Is Because You Would Rather Have More Leisure Time

This editorial (or really a big advertisement for “consultants”) isn’t all bad. But some of the basic framing reminds me again of the question of just how spoiled twenty-first century Americans are. The headline in the New York Times is: “Why you hate work.” The way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult Read more […]

Barack Obama’s Minimum Wage Hike Promise: If You Like Your Job, You Can Keep Your Job

Paying above the minimum wage helps companies encourage loyalty in their employees, says President Obama (at about 2:20). That’s why Costco and now The Gap are paying at a higher rate. That is not an argument for having a minimum wage, let alone for raising it! As soon as the minimum wage is raised, all those benefits are erased. If you work at a place that makes a policy of paying above the minimum wage for what is, in most comparable places, paid at minimum wage, then you are working Read more […]

Bill Gates Shocks Both Liberals & Conservatives By Talking Sense About Minimum Wage

Wow. I hate to give the devil his due, but I have no choice. Bill Gates owned that question. Before I talk about why Gates answer was so great, let me dispense with the “Costco Example.” Because Costco pays better than places like Wal-Mart, it is used as proof that minimum wage could be raised everywhere. It doesn’t work that way. Costco has worked out a business model wherein they try to attract high value employees. They pay more for loyalty and quality. By definition, not everyone Read more […]