Grub for thought

THERE’S MUCH talk about raising the minimum wage. I don’t think there should be a minimum wage at all. I don’t think government should be telling private businesses how much they should pay employees.

Good government sticks to things like the military, the police, building highways, mild regulation when absolutely necessary, welfare safety nets for the truly needy, keeping the food chain clean, etc.

Minimum wage sounds like a great idea on the face of it. Get behind that face, and you run into deeper issues that most people don’t grasp. Government should usually butt out of private enterprise.

14 thoughts on “Grub for thought

  1. Like most things the government does, minimum wage legislation has mixed results. But it is always a very blunt instrument if government is interested in increasing the income of the poor. If that is the goal, there are better tools. Speaking of those tools, the federal government really needs to gather together all of its welfare programs to give them a refurbishment. That is something congress and the president should be able to do. (I almost fell out of my chair laughing over that last sentence.)


    1. Señor Cotton: Alas, the government will never gather together its welfare programs to give them a refurbishment. I believe the federal government is irreparably out of control.


  2. The story I read this morning was about ambulances being used as if they were taxis and getting reimbursement from Medicare/Medicaid.


  3. Minimum-wage jobs are suppose to be entry-level jobs. Since when did flipping burgers become a career job which would be desired and include pay to support a family? Perhaps it is an incentive to reach for a better, higher-paying job? No, according to the government, that job should come with a wage with which you can support your family.

    The whole thinking process has been eliminated. The incentive to advance oneself has been shunned, and the government wants you to keep it for the rest of your life.

    Growing up, I had paying jobs starting at around 10 years old, an hour or two after school, taught me a lot. Taught me basics in business, people skills, salesmanship, integrity and, most importantly, the value of money.

    Today, children can’t have an after-school job, and even if they did, with minimum wage, how could an employer afford or justify having a person not productive while they learn the trade?

    Just think how ludicrous this is, when they consider being a burger flipper in N.Y. needs 15 dollars an hour in order to be a living wage. But when the system is designed to dumb down the students in school, perhaps they want it that way.

    Develop a whole generation of non-motivated, under-educated people who accept entry positions because they won’t qualify for anything else and then are subsidized with other programs making them all victims.

    That’s the future.


  4. The drive for fifteen dollars an hour for fast food workers will kill the industry. The advocates for this wage cite the millionaires that manage the companies. But the employee works for the franchisee, not the company itself. Those millionaires made their money selling franchises and supplies to the franchisee, not from the direct sale of the product.

    Typically, the franchisee has invested their life savings into the business. The only way they can pay that kind of wage is to raise the price of the product. But prices are controlled by the company.
    Unless we are ready to pay a lot more for fast food, it just isn’t going to happen. They may force some businesses into bankruptcy, and that means unemployment for the staff.

    The fast food industry used to be the area where young kids worked. Now, it is mostly immigrants filling those jobs. Usually, they have at least two jobs, because if they work too many hours for the same employer, they will qualify for benefits.

    I foresee a return to the brown bag lunch because most working people cannot afford the increased price of the product.

    The government says that the recession is over. They say that unemployment is at 5.6 per cent. If that is true, will we see the defunding of the food stamp program?


  5. Here in the frosty more NOB than the USA, there is a debate, not about whether there should be a minimum wage, but how high it should be. Many times I have heard people say that, for example, strawberry pickers should be paid $15 or more per hour. I counter with “if they were paid that much, you would need to make $40 to buy them, and then the company you work for would move to China.” Meanwhile, in a province with unemployment rates hovering around 10%, we have a policy where migrant workers are being brought in from the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Mexico and China, and bleeding hearts proclaim that Canadians shouldn’t have to do manual labour in a fish-processing plant because the work is too hard.

    Welfare and unemployment shouldn’t be a career choice, but a safety net. There are people who intellectually can’t do highly skilled jobs, and there are people who won’t make the effort. I support those who can’t excel, but why should I make life easier for someone unwilling to make the effort to better their life or make better life choices.


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