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Scott Ott

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June 17, 2014 - 7:16 am

Years ago, I read Howard Schultz’s book, “Pour Your Heart Into It,” about the amazing success story called Starbucks. As much as I admire his abilities as a persistent innovator and passionate dreamer, I think it’s time to say, “Hey, Howard, pour your head into it.” Here he is saying the federal government should jack the minimum wage nationwide. Then, from the other side of his spout, he predicts job-killing “traumatic effects” from the “unintended consequences” of jacking the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Perhaps a full transcript would reveal more subtlety than this clip. He seems to suggest that some number south of $15 is a good idea. What’s that figure? Who knows?

Of course, Howard, you might also simply pour your cash into it. You are free to hike base pay for all Starbucks employees to $15/hour or beyond.

Given his great heart, perhaps Schultz is concerned that such unilateral action would drive competing coffee shops out of business by hiring away all of their best workers or forcing them to match his market-leading wages. Doubtless he’s concerned about the staffing reductions, inevitably sparked by higher wage expenses, that would leave more formerly low-wage workers languishing in unemployment. And naturally, his heart goes out to all of those folks who will have to pay even more for that essential cup of joe.

Therefore, it would be better if the federal government would mandate that which Schultz is unwilling to voluntarily initiate.

And isn’t that the heart of Progressivism?

Scott Ott co-hosts a news, commentary and humor show called Trifecta on PJTV. He created and hosted the 20-part series on the Constitution titled Freedom's Charter. His satire site, ScrappleFace, spawned three books and praise from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and many others.
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Hold on there Catino, there can be no "pretty" or "ugly" since those are concepts implying personal perception and preference. "Dating" is also an outmoded concept: The State will determine whether and which mate; when to procreate; and then raise the Children of the Collective as its own. As it should be. Come on, man, get on board.
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Mandatory $1,000,000 per year for everyone working or not. Then we will all be millionaires. All pretty women must accept to date all the ugly men and all handsome guys must date all the ugly chicks. All food must taste good -- by law! It is forbidden to all teams to win the game or to lose it. Gasoline must be sold at 20 cents/gallon. Help me out people! I'm trying to solve the problems of mankind here! [NOTICE: this is a SARCASTIC COMMENT]
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Another progressive expressing surprise when it dawns on them that "I didn't know I was going to have to pay for it."
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Yesterday I heard that the CEO of COSTCO was also supporting a $15 minimum wage across the board. Of course, he already pays employees above-market wages. But then, his business model is for people to have to pay at least $100 per year to even walk into one of his stores, which means he has $1 BILLION in annual membership fees before anyone sets foot in a store to buy anything. Target cannot make that claim.

I don't know what $tarbucks pays new employees, but I do know they provide health insurance for part-timers. I also know they attract a disproportionate number of otherwise unemployable PhD holders to be pretentious "baristas." I bet he pays a lot of them $15 an hour because it's cheaper than the outrageous turnover that most fast food outlets experience. Always best to get smart people to work for you than to hire minimally skilled people, have to take weeks to train them, absorb the cost of their mistakes and then have them leave as soon as they become productive.
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$8 coffee from Starbucks, coming soon.
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Mr. Schultz is a great entrepreneur but no great economist or political scientist. Like too many successful businessmen, he spouts the liberal talking points and likely supports a great number of Democrat candidates and left-wing causes. His second book, Onward, was a decent read, but there was no suggestion he was a conservative.
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Mandatory $1,000,000 per year for everyone working or not. Then we will all be millionaires. All pretty women must accept to date all the ugly men and all handsome guys must date all the ugly chicks. All food must taste good -- by law! It is forbidden to all teams to win the game or to lose it. Gasoline must be sold at 20 cents/gallon. Help me out people! I'm trying to solve the problems of mankind here! [NOTICE: this is a SARCASTIC COMMENT]
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Hold on there Catino, there can be no "pretty" or "ugly" since those are concepts implying personal perception and preference. "Dating" is also an outmoded concept: The State will determine whether and which mate; when to procreate; and then raise the Children of the Collective as its own. As it should be. Come on, man, get on board.
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You just ruined my utopia! man!
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Hey - Why stop at 15? If wages have no effect on the demand for labor, the sky's the limit. Go all the way to $100/hour. That'll make your cup of joe just a tad more expensive.
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Another progressive expressing surprise when it dawns on them that "I didn't know I was going to have to pay for it."
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