Today, May 21st,2014, 110 protesters were arrested outside the McDonald’s headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois. What do these brave souls want so badly that they are willing to face criminal charges? What injustice do they want to see corrected? They want McDonalds to give arbitrary pay raises, raising the wage they currently earn from the mandatory minimum wage of 7.25 per hour, to a voluntary minimum wage on McDonalds part of 15 dollars per hour. This is great news for McDonalds consumers, as many of us will be able to begin eating there again in the near future. Why am I preparing to order a Big Mac you ask? Because I know McDonalds is about to go hire better employees.
I hate, I mean I absolutely hate going to McDonalds. I also hate Burger King too. I am not selective about it. Their products taste bad. Their customer service is bad. Their restaurants are not, generally speaking, very clean. I have buyers remorse every time I go to one of these establishments to sample their fare. I generally avoid fast food. It has nothing to do with nutrition, but has everything to do with the elements I just listed. There is nothing worse than trotting over to the nearest McDonalds, ordering my food from some guy whose pants do not fit, who treats me like I’m annoying him for showing up at the counter, and then when I finally do get my food, it is luke-warm and tasteless.
Things are looking up for the consumer though, including the prices. If the labor organizers get their way, and I believe they eventually will, McDonalds is going to be landing college grads for the front counter. Seriously, have the folks that are protesting outside of McDonalds headquarters really not considered the consequences of what they want? Let me lay it out for you. There are a ton of people out of work right now. We have the lowest labor force participation rate since the Great Depression. A lot of the people that are currently out of work, or who have given up looking for work, used to make around 15 dollars per hour. Some are even college educated. Most at least have a high school education. They are more dependable, have better critical thinking skills, and have better communication skills than the folks making minimum wage now. Newsflash to all you that want a mandatory minimum wage to lift you out of poverty. As soon as McDonalds, and other employers, are forced to pay 15 dollars per hour minimum wage, when they need to replace one of the current minimum wage earners, they will begin replacing them with more qualified applicants. Why would they pay 15 dollars per hour for someone in the skill range of the person they just let go, when they could hire someone more educated, and more dependable to replace him or her. The phony unemployment number the government pawns off on us will remain unchanged when this happens. It may even go down. But if we look behind the number, we will find that unemployment among the poorest of the poor in our country will likely double because of the “living wage policy”. That’s very bad news for the poor people that McDonalds currently, and evidently, ungratefully employs. But it’s great news for the consumer. Except for the price increase we’re all going to see, which is bad I grant, at least we are going to eat fresh burgers and fries, provided to us by well groomed attentive cashiers in a clean restaurant. That is, unless they automate. Oh well, no matter, at least the food will be better, right? Yep, I can almost taste that Big Mac now.
The Evangelical Libertarian
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