MINIMUM WAGE

Liberals again are pushing to raise the minimum wage. Is it so that the poorest, least educated and unskilled among us will have more money for Obamacare? Is it to take many people’s minds off of Obamacare? It certainly could be either of those things. They claim it will benefit not only the worker, but also the economy. However, I can’t conceive even liberals believe that raising the minimum wage will benefit the economy.

It is obvious that there are some work positions that simply are not worth the perceived “living wage”. Yes, compensation commensurate with contribution is necessary. If that contribution means using a spatula to slather secret sauce on a sesame seed bun, minimum wage compensation, be it adequate to maintain a household or not, is appropriate. Anything above $8.50 in these times of government stifled economy will cause robotics soon to fill the position, putting every inept complainer out of work and onto the government stipend ethic.

Nobody has ever accused me of being a nuclear physicist, particle physicist or jet propulsion engineer. I’m simply a thinking individual. It really doesn’t take a brain surgeon or rocket scientist to assess the damage of overpaying for menial tasks. Liberals simply seek a way for central government to make all decisions on behalf of the ignorant populace. And, they are doing everything possible to keep the populace ignorant. Can you say public education?

Since the late 50’s, America’s academic standing has dropped globally. I attended school at a time when teachers actually shared knowledge about subjects of substance. We learned things beyond how to put a condom on a cucumber, political correctness, social engineering and the righteousness of socialist concepts. We learned about math, science, English, world geography, world history, American history, current events and civics. Passing or failing was part of the learning process. We either worked hard to do our best, or not. It was our choice. Success or failure comes with that choice, just like in the world beyond schooling. That was part of learning.

The basics, the foundation, allowed us logical choice of direction. Personality rounding elective classes including music, art, poetry, etc. also allowed us to become persons of our own, instead of a mind-numbed ideological collective. Perhaps the progressive change in the education system is why we now have slovenly workers complaining about receiving pay commensurate with their worth and not their self-perceived value to an employer.

Lack of proper education and advancement without achievement have turned out the third generation of entitled dolts. Now that we understand why some positions pay little, let us explore the damage potential that overcompensation for base or routine work might bring.

First, everyone must understand that private businesses exist for two reasons, to serve a need and produce a profit. They do not come about to make entry-level employees moderately wealthy. They do not endure for public welfare. Without purpose there is not profit. Without profit there is no reason to continue.

Filling a need requires an exchange rate that satisfies two parties, the business and the customer (consumer, patient, client, etc.). Raising the pay rate for lower rung jobs raises the cost of the product to the customer. That customer may very well be the production worker. That, in itself, makes it necessary again to raise the minimum wage.

Using the fast food example, if each entry-level worker receives a $.50 per hour raise it would affect the profit margin for the company and their stock holders. Bear in mind that a $.50 raise to the employee is actually a cost of about sixty-two and a half cents to the employer (FICA, Medicare, disability, unemployment insurance, worker compensation, etc.). To compensate for the rise in cost, the company must either raise the selling price of the product, hire more efficiently, automate some positions, or reduce the size of the sandwich, fries, drinks, pastries and other items.

One of the claims of entry-level fast food workers is that they cannot afford to buy the meals for themselves and certainly not for their families. Raising the cost won’t work any better for them. Diminishing the volume of food won’t satisfy them and automating their position certainly won’t benefit them. Therefore, the cycle must begin again. Listen for the cry for more money.

I can certainly sympathize with those people making low wages. True, minimum wage is simply not adequate for ongoing subsistence. However, many people including me have held jobs that seemed below our ability and earning potential. We held them until we either proved a greater worth to the employer and received a raise and promotion or we moved to other companies where the pay was more proportionate to our perceived self-worth and employee value. Thus I have to ask why anyone would continue to stay in a position where he or she felt used or unappreciated.

Anyone, anyone who has deluded themselves into believing middle class life is achievable with minimum skills, ability and education may not even deserve minimum wage. Perhaps someone else should take care of him or her, watch them carefully and maybe even provide a protective helmet. Crediting them more highly than they contribute, however, is how many received a public education credential. Isn’t it time to stop the nonsense?

Hey, I have an idea. Let’s allow hundreds of thousands of undereducated law-breakers who have stolen their way onto our soil, who cannot speak English and refuse to assimilate the right to compete for unskilled jobs. Yeah, that’ll certainly help the situation.

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