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July 30th, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Did you know? Think Progress says, “if McDonalds were to double the salaries and benefits of all of its employees, from the CEO down to the minimum wage cashiers, it would still only cost an extra 68 cents for a Big Mac, according to a new report by the University of Kansas. As fast food workers across the country are going on strike to demand a livable wage, University of Kansas research assistant Arnobio Morelix tells the Huffington Post that it would cost the average consumer mere cents to give them just that.”

So how come capitalists are so mean when we can solve all these problems for 68 cents?

Now the guys at Think Progress may not realize it, but a lot of people don’t have the extra 68 cents. No truly they don’t. I’ve seen retired people very carefully pry out  coins for that special once a week treat, the Big Mac Value Meal. They pay in the exact amount because they’ve actually saved up for it. Sometimes when they’re flush, like when the pension checks have just come in,  they can spring for a soft-serve cone,  a little extra something they can suck between their missing teeth before going down to the discount supermarket to buy the knockoff versions of famous brand names that only poor people have heard about. Krats peanut butter, S&M Mayonnaise,  Groot Roops cereal.

I’m not sure Think Progress will have heard of these.

You see the same thing with schoolkids and young people. The coins come out. The pockets are emptied to upsize that order of fries. Or even working adults who are trying to make ends meet;  travelers trying to stretch a dollar on a trip in Europe, or even in Bangkok. One of the things that McDonald’s has done is make a hamburger — once a luxury to poor people in the world — sort of affordable.  Just go to Manila and watch a lower income family take their child to a never before treat. A hamburger.

Sixty eight cents is a lot of money.

Gerard Van der Leun comments on Facebook, if they’re such geniuses at economics why don’t they implement the idea themselves?

Think Progress should start their own line of fast food restaurants and charge $20 a hamburger; pay $20 a hour per employee; and hold their breath till the company turns a profit. They can call the burgers “Progress Burgers.” I’m sure it will be a hit.

Sure it will be hit. That’s so obvious they don’t even have to try it to find out. I think Marie Antoinette was there before Gerard. If people can’t afford the extra 68 cents well let them eat cake.

But I’m sure the Think Progress people have the 68 cent deficit problem solved. They’ll say, “why not increase the old age pensions so the old can afford the more expensive hamburger? Similarly, just  give the kids some government money so they can plunk down the extra.  And come to that, why not hand arriving travelers to any destination an extra bunch of money so that next time in central London they can eat something they can actually afford.

Plus that will create jobs! Like the department of old age burger subsidies, or the department of schoolkid grub subsidies, the department of tourist subsidies. That’s just for openers.

But wait a minute. Just a moment. But what about the transfats?

Oh I forgot about those. I forgot that eating burgers is bad. Making them affordable to the third world kids is a crime even worse than paying food servers a low wage. Burgers teach the simple peoples of the world the vile habits of Western consumerism. Plus surveys show that if you eat 30 burgers a week your cholesterol will definitely rise.

So ban burgers. Fire all the food servers at Burger King and McDonald’s. Shut ‘em down. Close ‘em up. Move ‘em out.

But what about the unemployed food servers you say? Why after they’re unemployed, put them on welfare. Simple. That will give them time to call their friends, and enrich their lives. To that end, give them an Obamaphone.

You may say all this costs money. So how does government pay for all this? Why it’s easy. Studies have shown we can pay for all this by raising taxes on each individual by only 73 cents. Its only five cents more than 68 cents.


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If, just for a moment, we assumed the Think Progress kid was correct, and all McDonald's had to do was raise prices 17%...

This begs the question, why have they not already done so? Why have they been selling food at 17% less than what they could get for it?

And the only possible answer: McDonalds executives, out of sheer generosity, have been selling food as cheaply as possible, no doubt in order to provide meals to the poor.


Bless their hearts.
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Fast food jobs never supported a family. Ever. Fast food is entry level. Back in '72, you'd be poor flipping burgers for McDonald's. Leftists declare now that this same job should be able to support a family of four. Because.

If I could have supported a family of four by flipping burgers, I would never have stopped flipping burgers.

But I made crap money flipping burgers.

So I became a software engineer.

That used to happen.
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"There Ought To Be A Law"
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=there+ought+to+be+a+law+comic+strip&FORM=HDRSC2

Children will be shocked to hear that adults have heard of their bad ideas before. What new revelation will they try to shove down our throats next? Just wait until they discover sex.

Admitting the true value in the market place of the hamburger or the hamburger flipper is impossible for them. That is only partly because of their hostility to Da Man as an Oedipal figure or the market as an institution or theory. The reason for them to reject market valuations for objects they despise and people they neither know nor understand is that to admit that if those have a true value determined by the market then so would the they.

What is the real value of a Think Progress staffer or shill? They get support from foundations, which is to say Daddy's money and a legal system, backed by guns, infiltrated by sympathetic lawyers. Left to themselves without external power to inflate them they couldn't afford a burger at White Castle.
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There was a time when I was a rather young NCO, with a baby daughter, living in base housing at Mather AFB, where my biggest monthly bill was at the child care center, for the weekday 7-4 care of my child. That, and groceries and gas were my main bills. My budget for groceries was $25 dollars for food items at the commissary every two weeks, and another $10 for sundries like detergent and diapers. I did that shopping with a calculator in hand, and ate very little meat. Mostly vegetables, eggs, beans, home-made yoghurt and home-made bread. I could not have afforded a fast-food meal for lunch. That would have been an unaffordable extravagance.
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"... if they’re such geniuses at economics why don’t they implement the idea themselves?"

Of course, the problem is obvious. No one at "Think Progress" has ever held a real job doing something that produced something of value. None of them have ever risked their own capital and sweat to create value, employ workers, and realize a return on their investment. They would simply have no idea of where to start, nor would they have the saved capital to invest in the effort (though a few might have an inheritance to squander).
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Look at their funding- maybe McDonalds paid them to say that.
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I had a similar discussion with a liberal about the "greedy" Pharma companies. They said it is all about the CEOs ripping off the needy. I countered with: Okay, why doesn't someone start an Altruistic Drug Company, get idealistic chemistry graduates to work for board, everyone in the company gets paid the same basic salary and the drugs will be cheaper.

Response: grumble, mumble, they won't allow it, mumble,....
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Where were the Obamanauts in April 2011, when McDonald's hired 62,000 new workers?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-28/mcdonald-s-hires-62-000-during-national-event-24-more-than-planned.html

What ever became of their "laser like focus on jobs", Joe Biden's favorite three letter word?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBHPvfAt5ow
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The ignorance of the economically ignorant may have no equal. Nothing is quite so dangerous, as a confident idiot, in a position of authority.
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A confident idiot brimming with initiative.
1 year ago
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The Republican response should be:

1. Lower taxes: Can increase both profits and workers's pay by T%
2. Tort reform: Can increase both profits and worker's pay by U%.
3. Simplify tax structure: Can increase both profits and worker's pay by V%.
4. Reign in EPA: can increase both profits and worker's pay by W%.
5. Reduce regulation on business: Can increase both profits and worker's pay by X%.
6. Kill Obamacare: Can prevent cutting worker's pay and benefits and increase profits by Y%

And so on. No Obama Math required!
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Mathematical Anxiety Syndrome and Arithmophobia are not limited to 0bama.

I bet a meta analysis would reveal it to be associated with a particular *cough* 'progressive' political malady.
1 year ago
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think progress only counted the stores mcdonalds owned not the franchised stores which are 80 per cent of the total.their labor costs were not included. they also have to pay a franchise fee to mcdonalds. the blog just one minute has the run down
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And in the latest manifestation of economic insanity, we get still another does of blithering boobosity from our President:

He wants to LOWER the corporate tax rate to 28% (that's fine by me), but RAISE the tax rate for small businesses to 40%.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-top-tax-rate-should-be-28-corporations-40-small-business_742312.html

Say again?

How revealing is this? There is a presistent and "simplistic" meme going around that the very wealthy and the big corporations are all in favor of policies that cripple small businesses so that they cannot grow into serious competitors to the current big guys. "Fring paranoia" right? Well, I have to wonder. When Obama suggests weighting the tax structure in favor of the big and huge guys, and further burden smaller businesses as well as those who have only achieved mere affluence (as opposed to becoming rich), then I think there is indeed something to this "paranoia."

A return of feudalism, brought to you by progressives. The very same people who complain the most about "wealth disparity" and claim to want to "redistribute the wealth" are suggesting making that diaparity even bigger, and creating circumstances whereby the enlarged mass of "little people" is forever trapped in that economic state.
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People have got to get it in their heads that we are fighting Corporatism - Benito'Mussolini's s preferred term for Fascism.

Everywhere you look it is the large multi-nationals that have benefited most from Obama hijinks. QE, ZIRP, FrankenDodd, Obamacare and the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill all benefit Big Business and are ruinous to small business and America, both. That is the point.

Big Business wants that nasty threat of small business innovation and competition gone forever. And Obama wants those Tea Partying small business owners who are the vanguard of the attack on Big Business and Government intrusion likewise obliterated from this earth. It's a political deal made in heaven for these two - and imagine the mega kickbacks for the
Dems.

Sadly, nearly the entire Republican Party, save some holdouts like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, ( definitely not Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio) has been similarly bought and paid for by the Multinational Corporate Lobby who would just as soon sell out America to our enemies.

What is good for Big Business is definitely not good for America.

Small Busin
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A large corporation makes a suitable partner for the gummint. It has the size and organization to serve as a transmission belt for all the social policies and attitude controls decreed by Great Leader From Behind. It would be very hard to enforce diversity awareness sessions on a small business with maybe fifteen employees.
1 year ago
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Now that the big corporations are fully on board the Obama bus, it's time to reward them. Hell, even the Republican big donors are on board; "Top GOP donors tell party to legalize illegal immigrants" http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/30/top-gop-donors-party-legalize-illegal-immigrants/

There's another factor that the big corps evidently haven't thought of, once there's few small businesses left and it becomes time to throw the big corps off the dems bus, nationalizing the big corps will be a lot easier than nationalizing millions of small businesses...
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"Fring paranoia" should be "Fringe paranoia."

Can we PLEASE get an edit button like Instapundit has. Please?
1 year ago
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also...the idea of breakfast was a lost leader. When you have an installation that costs 2 million (the typical fast food outlet), the mortgage payment is a big deal. Originally not serving breakfast meant the expensive stuff sat idle. B'fast was used to CONTRIBUTE to overhead, lowering the burden on the more profitable lunch and evening trade.
The same trend is being used today by late night offerings. If the late hours only cover direct costs and fixed overhead, the burden carried by more profitable times is lessened.
The concept is as old as dirt...AND Creates JOBS!!!!!
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