Fast food workers are striking. CBS Moneywatch showed disturbing images of workers in protest. In cities across America today, those who make our favorite burgers are demonstrating their discontent with underemployment.
On one hand, the workers want higher wages, better promotability, and unions. On the other hand, consumers complain that such expectations are unreasonable, given the low skill levels required to do the job. Behind the scenes are the companies that just want to run a successful business.
These are the jobs America has right now. It is, indeed, unfortunate that they don’t pay enough to meet the expectations of those who work at them. And, higher wages, of course, will mean fewer workers employed, worse service for customers, and higher prices for those burgers and fries.
This is what our no-growth government brings to us. Such folks as these fast food workers haven’t a clue as to how much they have been exploited. Karl Marx called such folks “useful idiots”: the misinformed, naive, ignorant people who know none of the facts regarding their own abuse by socialist governments.
Obamacare, as a prominent unemployment enabler, makes employers limit work hours and is turning the country into a nation of part time employment. Anyone who works is working a lot less, earning less income, and increasing dependence on government support a lot more.
The labor participation rate is what is scary. Fewer people than ever aged 25 to 54 enjoy full employment. The number of workers in their most productive years has declined continually since 2007. There is yet to be a reversal up and nothing is being done to change that. Indeed, everything coming along will make it worse, until, perhaps, no one works at all. This begs the question about where the money will come from to support all those unemployed.
This is what happens when an administration keeps pushing class warfare, telling people they deserve stuff for free. This is what happens when entrepreneurs and businessmen are called greedy and who, government says, never created anything. “You didn’t make that” could not be farther from the truth. Such a narrative is destructive of work, growth, and prosperity. America is the place where such narratives thrive.
But, for all of the hoopla at Hardee’s, McDonalds, Burger King, and Carl’s Jr, people seem to like it. Polls continually show the irreducible 47% firm, the people who approve of how the president is doing. What they don’t really know and can’t seem to get is that the president is doing it for somebody or something besides them.