Posts Tagged ‘Minimum Wage’

THE TAB I NEVER DROPPED

July 7, 2016

Sometimes (often now) I think I’m experiencing a long-term flash back from the acid tab I never dropped back in the 60s or 70s. Life simply cannot be this surreal.

College students so incensed by truth and honesty that they have to hide from the reality or see a psychologist…or the psychologist tells them to sequester themselves in a safe place until the shuddering eases. Political correctness overcomes and stifles free speech.

We now have:

A front running presidential candidate under FBI criminal investigation for top secret national security violations who continues to garner more campaign funds from foreign sources and government contractors. There is more doubt about honesty and integrity surrounding her, her husband and their family foundation than any other crime syndicate in history. However, her supporters routinely dismiss the allegations or mightily defend against her every action. The news media regularly fails any mention of her short comings.

Another presidential front runner says such outrageous things even his own mother would cringe when he speaks.

A third presidential candidate who only recently dropped out of the race garnered strong (riotously strong ) support. He openly stated that he would follow the path set forth by Alinsky, Cloward, Piven and Marx and bring to the U.S. the same failed socialist system that has produced dictators and brought down the economic systems of countries throughout history.

A president, and proclaimed Constitutional expert, who exerts more power than allowed by that very document. When the courts decide against his moves, he continues to enforce his unlawful mandates or has one of the agencies under his command “regulate” them into enforcement.

A congressional majority from the opposing party who ignores or approves the unconstitutional edicts, rules, regulations and fines imposed on the public. They continue to fund such unconstitutional mandates as imposed health insurance and relocation and Welfare benefits to illegal aliens.

A political targeting of citizens by IRS, DHS, DHHS, EPA, DOJ and other federal agencies, apparently at the behest of the White House.

An apparently politically partisan Supreme Court rather than one impartial and dedicated to upholding the Constitution.

An administration infiltrated by appointed Muslim Brotherhood members that sides with foreign terrorists over American citizens.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Today, if the LCD screen on the cash register goes out, a high school graduate cannot give you the right change for a five dollar bill when the purchase is $3.58. If the register doesn’t tell them to remit $1.42, the cashier has to call in a manager. Depending on the age of the manager, there might still be a challenge. Common core math tells them that $1.20 and $2.00 might both be right if they can verbally justify the number.

Want to have a little fun? Next time you have the opportunity, give one of these fifteen dollar an hour scholars a five dollar bill for that $3.58 purchase. Then, after he or she has entered the amount into the register, say “wait a minute” and hand over another sixty or seventy-five cents and enjoy what happens.

*CAUTION – Do not do this if there is a line behind you. It’s not fair to them.

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THE MONTAGE – VOLUME II

July 5, 2016

This is the second of a series of abbreviated or unfinished rants. For the first of this series, please visit https://bizarroworldusa.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/the-montage/

THE TAB I NEVER DROPPED

Sometimes (often now) I think I’m experiencing a long-term flash back from the acid tab I never dropped back in the 60s or 70s. Life simply cannot be this surreal.

College students so incensed by truth and honesty that they have to hide from the reality or see a psychologist…or the psychologist tells them to sequester themselves in a safe place until the shuddering eases. Political correctness overcomes and stifles free speech.

We now have:

A front running presidential candidate under FBI criminal investigation for top secret national security violations who continues to garner more campaign funds from foreign sources and government contractors. There is more doubt about honesty and integrity surrounding her, her husband and their family foundation than any other crime syndicate in history. However, her supporters routinely dismiss the allegations or mightily defend against her every action. The news media regularly fails any mention of her short comings.

Another presidential front runner says such outrageous things even his own mother would cringe when he speaks.

A third presidential candidate who only recently dropped out of the race garnered strong (riotously strong ) support. He openly stated that he would follow the path set forth by Alinsky, Cloward, Piven and Marx and bring to the U.S. the same failed socialist system that has produced dictators and brought down the economic systems of countries throughout history.

A president, and proclaimed Constitutional expert, who exerts more power than allowed by that very document. When the courts decide against his moves, he continues to enforce his unlawful mandates or has one of the agencies under his command “regulate” them into enforcement.

A congressional majority from the opposing party who ignores or approves the unconstitutional edicts, rules, regulations and fines imposed on the public. They continue to fund such unconstitutional mandates as imposed health insurance and relocation and Welfare benefits to illegal aliens.

A political targeting of citizens by IRS, DHS, DHHS, EPA, DOJ and other federal agencies, apparently at the behest of the White House.

An apparently politically partisan Supreme Court rather than one impartial and dedicated to upholding the Constitution.

An administration infiltrated by appointed Muslim Brotherhood members that sides with foreign terrorists over American citizens.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Today, if the LCD screen on the cash register goes out, a high school graduate cannot give you the right change for a five dollar bill when the purchase was $3.58. If the register doesn’t tell them to remit $1.42, the cashier has to call in a manager. Depending on the age of the manager, there might still be a challenge. Common core math tells them that $1.20 and $2.00 might both be right if they can verbally justify the number.

Want to have a little fun? Next time you have the opportunity, give one of these fifteen dollar an hour scholars a five dollar bill for that $3.58 purchase. Then, after he or she has entered the amount into the register, say “wait a minute” and hand over another sixty or seventy-five cents and enjoy what happens.

*CAUTION – Do not do this if there is a line behind you. It’s not fair to them.

 

MINIMUM WAGE, EQUAL PAY, WORKPLACE EQUALITY

February 3, 2016

I agree that workers should not be exploited. However, there is a place for minimum wage. There must be a reasoned wage platform which allows some people to learn compatibility with company standards and performance. Minimum wage gives people an opportunity to earn some money as they develop their work skills. Entry level or “bottom-rung” positions might be considered on-the-job training. They are not meant as long-term positions. The wage should be equal to the value an employee offers the employer.

Employees moving into an industry with which they are unfamiliar or others who have little skill, knowledge or motivation may also fall onto that platform. There are also people who use the base wage as a springboard to demonstrate how they can perform and prove their value to an employer. The skilled and motivated might use the lower-rung positions as temporary or transitional subsistence until a job opens that is more compatible with their abilities and worthiness.

At any rate, minimum wage jobs are not, and never have been, meant to support a family or even an individual long-term.

With the argument for minimum wage out of the way, let us move on to equal pay for equal work. This request or mandate is usually presented by women and minorities. And they are right! There should never be a disparity in pay between people performing the same job at the same performance level no matter what their gender, perceived gender, desired gender, race, ethnicity, religious background, belief system or any other quality or notable characteristic. And, with few exceptions, this rarely occurs in the workplace.

Employers generally want the best possible person in the most suitable position. This maximizes the output of the individual employee and that of the company. Intelligent employers do not want a valued employee disgruntled enough to cause an undercurrent that disconcerts the workplace or one who leaves the company with ill feelings. The last thing they want is for a worthy employee to defect for employment with a competitor. Employers, managers or supervisors will do what is necessary to protect his or her workers from dissatisfaction. If that means raising pay or benefits for merit or performance, that is what generally happens. Thus, it is possible and correct for two people working side-by-side, at the same task, to receive different compensation.

The same basic rule applies to workplace equality. Except for irrational bigotry on behalf of senior staff, there is rarely cause for inequality in the workplace. There are various, and often overlapping, government agencies to remedy such occurrences. Most states have agencies to mitigate offending circumstances within the workplace. They may be called Labor Relations Board, Labor and Workforce Development Agency or other such names, but they are in place to protect workers.

On the federal level there are the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration and for the health and safety of workers there is the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Remedies abound.

No employer wants to suffer excessive fines imposed by the above listed agencies for actions that may occur from discontent among employees and/or senior staff. Very few are willing to chance the outcome by these liberal oversight agencies prone to act on behalf of the employee.

So basically, I guess what I’m saying is “Quit your whining and take control of your life rather than complaining, blaming and waiting for someone to make your stay on this planet better for you. If you don’t like your job or employer or don’t feel you’re being treated fairly, leave.” Why would any sane and intelligent person want to remain in an untenable situation?

No matter what the current crop of politicians propose, we don’t need any more duplication of services or any new government agencies to carelessly waste the precious tax dollars of those producing them.

We do need producers who are willing to apply themselves for just consideration. The workplace is not an extension of public education.  Work cannot be compared to regurgitating what the teacher or professor imprinted on your mind. It takes desire and effort to succeed and prosper in the real world.

HIGHER WAGES MEANS LESS WORK

January 13, 2016

America needs business and American businesses need profit. Mandating more pay in a time of recession, and yes we are still in a recession, is a foolish move. While I sympathize with those receiving minimum wage and those not earning a “living wage”, I cannot agree with raising those wages and destroying businesses and employment opportunities at this time.

For those who accept the fallacy that unemployment is dropping and that jobs are created monthly, I implore you to look beyond the government spoon-feeding you are getting. Delve into the Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Even with the December 0.1% bump, which could be temporary Christmas hires, it shows that only 62.6% of the available workforce is currently participating in employment.

For you airhead, cool-aid drinking, non-math, liberal arts majors that means the true unemployment rate is 37.4% (100-62.6=37.4), not the 5% your president and the MSM are propagandizing. As jobs are added, more people drop off the rolls and are not accounted in the normally published hogwash. They have been unemployed for so long they are now considered idle and unemployable.  This constitutes counting only one side of the issue, the bright side. It’s political B.S. and it’s wrong.

Hey folks, there is a corelation between education, skills, known work ethic and value to an employer. If you have less than a high school education and no proven work related skill, minimum wage may be your value to a new employer. And if your previous employer says you were late for work 3 out of 5 days and showed up with a bad attitude or didn’t do the job properly or completely, perhaps that is why you can’t find a decent job that pays a “living wage”.

The demand for higher wages by the least capable causes small businesses to shutter locations and larger employers to send their business to other countries. Either scenario means fewer jobs available in the U.S. and more people vying for them. Allowing the unending influx of South and Central Americans with strong work ethic and skills but low education also keeps wages low. It’s a matter of supply and demand. Right now the toiler supply is high and demand is low.

If you are among the above described, this is the perfect opportunity to improve your education and training.  Apply a little integrity so that advancement, when the market is better, will come your way.

Automation is taking over some of the lower rung positions because initial cost plus maintenance costs allow more profit over time than the salary and benefits, headaches and mood-swings of employees. Machines don’t get sick and don’t take vacations. Remember, businesses need profit.

One industry of the very near future promises to be repairing and maintenaining the automatons that move in to handle the rote chores now done by low wage workers.

Now, quit grousing and either get to work or get some education or training.

SO YOU THINK YOU’RE WORTH $15 AN HOUR?

September 6, 2014

I’m happy that some of you think so highly of yourself that you can demand pay at twice the value of your position. When it comes to mundane and rote tasking, I can understand how you might be bored, but continue doing the job just to have somewhere to go and some spending money.

In our president’s own words, “If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union.” He was referring to raising the minimum wage and how joining a union might help you make more money.

I can only agree with him. But, if you’re busting your butt in the service industry or at any job, why are you unable to earn a supporting wage? If you’re busting your butt, most employers will promote you to a position commensurate with your skills, abilities and work ethic. You will be making an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. If not that employer, find one who will.

The problem with demanding higher wages, more hours, sick time, vacation time, paid maternity leave, and employer paid medical coverage is that there comes a point where wages and benefits outweigh the value of the position to the employer.

Case in point: Some of those nasty old (and young) people with education and motivation working for Momentum Machines have developed a robot that can whip out 360 burgers per hour. It slices tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc. and assembles the final product for delivery. The stainless servant never asks for time off to attend a baby shower and doesn’t have to rush off to the restroom. Thus, it doesn’t require a sign in the restroom in four languages saying “EMPLOYEES MUST WASH THEIR HANDS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK” As of now, people must still collect money and make change. But that, too, is soon to be automated. Vending Machines!

If a computerized contraption can slice, dice, cook, assemble and wrap a sandwich, how long can it be before a card or currency operation module is added? Insert your money, push a few buttons to order tomatoes, relish instead of pickles, hold the onion and add that secret sauce to a sesame seed, whole wheat or ciabatta bun. You can order in the language of your choice, without the difficulty of understanding a foreign national’s dialect. If you can’t read the menu, you will have pictures to guide you…just like the pimple face wanting your money now.

Special orders may take a bit longer than a standard fare, but you can expect to have your meal within a couple of minutes no matter what combo you order. Would you like fries and a drink with that? Just insert another bill or two into the slot and push a few more buttons.

About that job. Not to worry, you’ll be helping the economy by causing employers to automate. Nancy Pelosi thinks the idea is great. Why, just four years ago, in 2010 she said, “Let me say that unemployment insurance… is one of the biggest stimuluses (sic) to our economy. Economists will tell you, this money is spent quickly. It injects demand into the economy.”

So, now, are you sure flipping burgers is worth $15 per hour?