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A Living Wage? Your Bad Life is Not Your Employer’s Fault (but It Might Be Yours)
Category: General
Tags: EQUAL PAY War on Women minimum wage Food stamps welfare Obama recession bankruptcy debt economy recovery Democrats Lies incompetence

BBob Allen  via PO

Gee, I think I should make $100 an hour… just because I think I should. Does it matter whether my work produces that kind of economic value? Heck, of course not! Just like it doesn’t for these whiners.

From Associated Press: “Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands.”

About 1,300 workers are scheduled to attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they’ll be asked to do “whatever it takes” to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the national effort and a representative of the Service Employees International Union.

The union has been providing financial and organizational support to the fast-food protests that began in late 2012 in New York City and have included daylong strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting that resulted in more than 130 arrests.

“We want to talk about building leadership, power and doing whatever it takes depending on what city they’re in and what the moment calls for,” said Fells, adding that the ramped-up actions will be “more high profile” and could include everything from civil disobedience to intensified efforts to organize workers.

“I personally think we need to get more workers involved and shut these businesses down until they listen to us,” perhaps even by occupying the restaurants, said Cherri Delisline, a 27-year-old single mother from Charleston, South Carolina, who has worked at McDonald’s for 10 years and makes $7.35 an hour.

Delisline said she and her four girls live with her mother, but the family still has difficulty paying utilities and the mortgage while providing for her children. She said she has not been to a doctor in two years and does not get paid if she stays home sick.

“To have a livable wage, it’s going to need to be $15 an hour,” said Delisline. “We make the owners enough money that they have houses and cars and their kids are taken care of. Why don’t (they) make sure I can be able to do the same for my kids and my family?”

Look, I’m sorry your living conditions are beneath what you believe they should be. I read these stories about women working at McDonald’s with four children and my question is: Where’s your husband? Oh… not married, eh? Where did those four kids come from? Who is the father? Or, more likely, who are the fathers? Here’s a thought: No ring, no fling! No responsibility, no way!

You’ve made a tractor-trailer load of foolish, selfish, harmful choices and now it’s your employer’s fault you’re in a mess, and that no one you know cares enough to freely help you out? Um, no… Rewarding stupidity is not smart, or we’ll have more stupid people than we know what to do with, in addition to those in Congress.

Your situation should have no impact on your wages. The question is: What are your skills valued at by people who freely part with their own money to pay you? If that’s not enough in your eyes, then quit watching reality TV and improve your value–learn skills, invest in yourself. You’re making $7.35 because that’s apparently the most anyone gets from your service right now.

Yes, of course there are cases where the hardship is authentically the result of someone else who sinned against you. You’ll find there’s a lot of compassion in this country for those who’ve gotten a raw deal like that. But that’s clearly not the case for the vast majority of those trumpeting this cause.

One more time: Quit whining, drop the extortion attempts, don’t even think of traveling to attend a union meeting, and become more valuable. Oh, and if you won’t do that… just shut up and deal with the reality you’ve created for yourself.

Rep Sessions: Obama To “Effectively End Immigration Enforcement”
Category: Anti-American
Tags: Obama Democrats Holder illegal aliens illegal voters criminals unlawful treason DOJ media corruption control left progressives anti-American

via TWS

Via Weekly Standard:

The Obama administration is preparing to effectively “nullify” the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator. As Time reported Thursday, President Obama appears prepared to provide millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders:

When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences.

The activists met privately with the President and his aides June 30 at the White House, and say in that meeting Obama suggested he will act before the November midterm elections. They hope his decision will offer relief to a significant percentage of the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “He seems resolute that he’s going to go big and go soon,” says Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-reform group America’s Voice.

But Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican, says in a statement that the “temporary relief from deportation” would be a de facto ending of immigration enforcement:

It has now been extensively reported that these executive actions will likely expand his Deferred Action program (DACA) to apply to an additional 5–6 million adult illegal immigrants. The existing DACA program has been widely misunderstood. The executive action did not, as The Hill writes today, only result in ‘deferred deportations for young undocumented immigrants.’ Illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. have already, as a practical matter, been immune from enforcement under this Administration. DACA applies to individuals up to 30 years of age and provides actual amnesty papers, photo ID, and work permits to illegal immigrants—who can then take any job in America.

The President’s planned executive orders would expand this permitting program to another 5–6 million illegal immigrants. This would effectively end immigration enforcement in America.

Sessions goes on to urge Americans to call on their elected members of Congress to not support any bill dealing with the current border crisis that does not "block" the Obama administration's executive actions.

 

Durbin Touts Chicago’s New Gun Crime Intelligence Center
Category: Anti-American
Tags: gun control Chicago Durbin Emanuel Failure idiocy gun control doesn't work criminals Obama control left progressives communists anti-American

via wz

Already working, only one killed and six wounded in Chicago on a Friday night.

Via Chicago Sun Times

In the wake of a wave of shootings and gun violence in Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center that opened here in June.

“You can’t fight a war without intelligence, to know where the weapons are, where the shooters are and to stop it before it happens,” Durbin said Friday at the Center’s downtown offices.

The center, run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will serve as a clearinghouse of data on the more than 7,000 firearms used in crimes and recovered by Chicago police each year.

ATF agents, along with Chicago police detailed to the center, not only trace records and paperwork linked to recovered weapons, but look for patterns in where guns are used and where they come from.

The center will also work closely with ATF offices in Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin and other states that are the largest sources for crime guns brought into Illinois.

Durbin said that ATF, at the president’s request, has beefed up its force here, adding seven agents for a total of 52. He hopes to bring even more agents here “to upgrade the crime intelligence efforts, so that we can get to these guns and these shooters before the crime and before the death.”

On his tour, Durbin was told that a gun recently recovered from a Chicago suspect had fired a bullet casing found at the scene of an East St. Louis murder in 2013.

The information “may end up in the arrest and successful prosecution of this criminal, taking another thug and another shooter off the street,” Durbin said.

Earlier this month, Durbin introduced legislation that would increase penalties for straw purchasers and illegal traffickers of firearms. Straw purchases involve someone with a clean criminal record buying guns and transferring them to criminals unable to buy guns legally.


I guess Eric Holder will now go to prison? And Durbin will go after him, right? Democrats are such hypocrites...

SHOCKER: HHS Bankrolled Churches from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!
Category: Poltics
Tags: Obama Democrats Holder illegal aliens illegal voters criminals unlawful treason DOJ media corruption control left progressives anti-American
By Eric Odom via LN

A month or two ago news broke that Obama’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began.

The breaking news you’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010. And the tens of millions were flowing in to prepare for the invasion currently underway.

The following is a small taste of what’s out there in grant records. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.

Between Dec 2010 and Nov 2013, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston received $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of “Refugee and Entry Assistance.”

Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for “citizenship and education training” with a program description of “citizenship and immigration services.”

Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for “Citizenship Education Training” for “refugee and entrant assistance.”

From Dec 2012 to January 2014, Baptist Child & Family Services received $62,111,126 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Program.”

Any questions?

Document about Unaccompanied Alien Children Project located here.


When will this man finally see prison time?

 

Thesaurus.com Makes All Synonyms For ‘Obstructionist’ Related To Conservatives
Category: Anti-American
Tags: Tyranny business control lies anti-American Democrats oppression media corruption lies propaganda misinformation hacks
By Brendan Bordelon via TDC

The online synonym generator Thesaurus.com — a subset of Dictionary.com and one of the most popular of its kind on the Internet — appears to have been commandeered by liberals, after a search for “obstructionist” leads only to replies like “conservative,” “right-winger,” “reactionary” and “redneck.”

Visit Thesaurus and type in “obstructionist” into the search bar. Here’s what you’ll see:

 

Well look at that. Almost every concept demonstrated here illustrates an equivalence between “obstructionism” and conservative politics. And many of them — “diehard,” “reactionary,” redneck,” “stick-in-the-mud” — illustrate a contempt for the right-wing.

Here’s how Dictionary.com defines “obstructionist:”

What a nice, nonpartisan answer! And its origin is from the 1840s, long before many of these supposed synonyms even existed — though “Tory” and “silk-stocking” probably were around back then.

The antonyms provided by Thesaurus.com — “left-winger,” “progressive,” “liberal” — also point to a political bias.

The Thesaurus.com post references Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus. The Daily Caller could not confirm whether this accurate — after all, real journalists don’t ever need to search for synonyms — but we’re skeptical.

That’s because “obstructionism” is just a political strategy that may be employed by any ideological persuasion. While President Obama and the Democrats love hurling the “obstructionist” epithet at Republicans these days, in a few years they may find themselves on the receiving end as they block a GOP president’s attempt to roll back Obamacare or restrictive environmental regulations.

Ask.com, which owns both Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com, did not immediately respond to questions concerning how the post was created or what the company will do to correct it.


Well, then let's be obstructionists: Boycott these left-wing brainwashers, don't use ASK.com, Thesaurus.com unitl these buttwipes have corrected their left wing agenda-driven "mistakes"...

 

Judging Israel differently
Category: Poltics
Tags: allah Barack HUSSEIN Obama Benjamin Harrison cease-fire Christians emergency funding Gaza Hamas Hukum al-Tatarrus iron Dome Israel John Ker


In defiance of Barack HUSSEIN Obama's and his brethren's goal of trying to finish off what the Nazis started...yesterday Israel's Security Council unanimously rejected...and rightfully so...John 'Swiftboat' Kerry's week long cease-fire proposal that favored Hamas and would do NOTHING but allow Hamas to regroup and rearm.

However, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a short 12-hour so-called 'humanitarian cease-fire' to send in food, water, and such to hard-hit civilian areas. But even with this Israel will still face condemnation NOT only on the world stage for their rejection of Kerry's cease-fire proposal but also here in the U.S., as witnessed by Harry Reid and his Democratic ilk's unmitigated gall of trying to tie in Israel's $225 million emergency funding request for their Iron Dome defense system to an immigration bill that would fund the ILLEGALS entering our country. And they're doing it for NO other reason than come election time they can say Republicans who voted against the bill are either anti-Israel or anti-children.

Nice huh...playing politics at the expense of Israel...at the expense of the Jews...at the expense of children.
 

Proposing a $3.6 billion bill that would address the border crisis...most specifically addressing the issue of unaccompanied children entering ILLEGALLY...Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), the bill's author, chose to include the funding for Israel...and to include monies needed to fight wildfires of all things...in her proposal so that a rejection of the bill would amount to cutting all monies Israel needs to defend herself against those wishing to wipe her off the map.


And sadly, among those who condemn Israel every chance they get is the U(seless) N(ations). In fact, in the days just before Israel's rejection of Kerry's proposal, they launched an international inquiry on the Palestinians behalf into what they call Israel's human rights violations and crimes committed during this Gaza offensive. But the UN really needs to stop calling the kettle black as they are the very ones who have allowed Hamas to store its rockets and bombs beneath their United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) schools for displaced children.

But even sadder was the vote tally on said inquiry...which became the resolution the Palestinians wanted. And while the U.S. did vote NO on the resolution, 29 nations voted in favor of condemning Israel, and 17 nations abstained including all nine European Union members on the 47-member panel.
 

Never mind that Hamas deliberately stores their missiles under schools, hospitals, and civilian enclaves...never mind that they know Israel tries its best NOT to harm children or civilians...never mind that when any of their human shields are hurt or killed Hamas will parade their bloodied and lifeless bodies in front of the international media as they cry on cue for the cameras that those lost are victims of Israeli aggression...never mind all this as placing the blame on Israel is all that matters.


And Hamas uses these deaths for propaganda as the dead are worth more to their cause than are worth the lives of the living. Reasoning in their own disturbed minds that their actions are done in the name of allah as per the Hukm al-Tatarrus (the current islamic law on using human shields) which states in part that muslims are to “accept the idea of sacrificing the shield and engage in a fierce war using weapons of mass destruction," Hamas claims to be God's holy warriors...allah's warriors. But they're warriors in their minds alone...warriors who seek revenge against the Jews for their (self-perceived) injustices against muslims, but what they really are is cowards for when one hides behind women and children a holy warrior is something you are NOT.

And those western nations that vote against Israel time and again, as well as Barack HUSSEIN Obama himself, do NOT care about any of this for Israel's demise is their collective goal. This resolution vote, as with all previous votes against Israel, boils down to choosing to side with barbarians over choosing to side with the Jews. And there are only two reasons for this lack of support for Israel...the obvious being the UN and Obama's muslim ties and sympathies and the other involves the old hatreds...for the fact is many still blame the Jews for the death of Jesus. These are the same people who forget that Jesus was born, lived as, and died as a Jew...they forget that Jesus the Jew knew NOTHING of the Christians who came after...they forget that God could have stopped His death if He so chose...and they forget that only by Jesus' death could Christianity be born.

But NO matter as the bottom line remains that the destruction of Israel is Hamas' goal as witnessed by their very actions. Instead of fighting with those who only want to live in peace, Hamas could have chosen to use their abundant monetary resources to build schools, to pave roads, to build hospitals, but instead they chose to build bombs...to shoot rockets...choosing to fight a battle that in the end they will surely lose. And remember, each time Hamas asked for and got a cease-fire they and they alone broke it.

So while Israel will sadly continue to lose its sons and daughters in this current battle...that is unless they go forward with all guns blazing so to speak...the civilized man understands this is a fight to the death...a fight for Israel's very survival...a fight that allows for NO compromise with the enemy nor does it allow for negotiations with those who side with said enemy. And know that this is NOT a battle about the small sliver of land that is Israel, but is about Hamas' self-perceived call for revenge over events that happened during the time of the Old Testament...events orchestrated by the hand of God before the time of allah...even if it means that to seek that misguided revenge they have to kill their own people and blame it on Israel.

And that is indeed evil personified and the saddest thing of all.

Obama Approves Substantial Expansion of Terrorist Watch Lists: “Concrete Facts Are Not Necessary”
Category: Anti-American
Tags: Obama treason islam terrorism evil anti-American oppression tyranny murder violence

By Mac Slavo via SHTFP

(Pictured: National Security Agency Operations Center. Photo credit NSA.)

Amid an outcry from Americans criticizing the Obama Administration over the possibility that terrorists may be among the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants entering the United States without documentation, the Department of Homeland Security has instead turned its scrutiny on American citizens.

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no-fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no-fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.”

The Intercept

The recently declassified Watchlisting Guidance rule book issued in 2013 and developed by members of 19 law enforcement agencies that include the FBI, NSA, CIA, and NSA, outlines the rules for placing individuals, including American citizens, on the various watch lists currently in use. As noted by The Intercept, the rules, much like America’s secretive anti-terrorism laws, are vague and often contradict each other.

It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.

Because the government tracks “suspected terrorists” as well as “known terrorists,” individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being a suspected terrorist, or if they are suspected of associating with people who are suspected of terrorism activity.

“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.”

The guidelines for who is or is not a terrorist are now so vague that any American could potentially be added to a list for something as menial as knowing someone who has committed an activity deemed to be of a terrorist nature. And as has been highlighted previously, those activities could range from making a hand gesture that looks like a gun or manufacturing your own gold and silver coins.

The newly expanded guidelines have completely redefined terrorism, turning even innocuous crimes or suspicions of crimes into activity that is now equivalent to traditional terrorist activities such as bombings and hijackings.

The document’s definition of “terrorist” activity includes actions that fall far short of bombing or hijacking. In addition to expected crimes, such as assassination or hostage-taking, the guidelines also define destruction of government property and damaging computers used by financial institutions as activities meriting placement on a list. They also define as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation.

This combination—a broad definition of what constitutes terrorism and a low threshold for designating someone a terrorist—opens the way to ensnaring innocent people in secret government dragnets.

What’s even more mindboggling than the actual crimes and activities for which an American can now be designated a terrorist are the rules for how law enforcement agencies are supposed to place names on the watchlists.

The heart of the document revolves around the rules for placing individuals on a watchlist. “All executive departments and agencies,” the document says, are responsible for collecting and sharing information on terrorist suspects with the National Counterterrorism Center. It sets a low standard—”reasonable suspicion“—for placing names on the watchlists, and offers a multitude of vague, confusing, or contradictory instructions for gauging it. In the chapter on “Minimum Substantive Derogatory Criteria”—even the title is hard to digest—the key sentence on reasonable suspicion offers little clarity:

“To meet the REASONABLE SUSPICION standard, the NOMINATOR, based on the totality of the circumstances, must rely upon articulable intelligence or information which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrants a determination that an individual is known or suspected to be or has been knowingly engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to TERRORISM and/or TERRORIST ACTIVITIES.”

The rulebook makes no effort to define an essential phrase in the passage—”articulable intelligence or information.” After stressing that hunches are not reasonable suspicion and that “there must be an objective factual basis” for labeling someone a terrorist, it goes on to state that no actual facts are required:

“In determining whether a REASONABLE SUSPICION exists, due weight should be given to the specific reasonable inferences that a NOMINATOR is entitled to draw from the facts in light of his/her experience and not on unfounded suspicions or hunches. Although irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary, to be reasonable, suspicion should be as clear and as fully developed as circumstances permit.”

While the guidelines nominally prohibit nominations based on unreliable information, they explicitly regard “uncorroborated” Facebook or Twitter posts as sufficient grounds for putting an individual on one of the watchlists.

According to the rule book, no actual evidence or concrete facts of wrong doing are required. In fact, according to the rules, even a single White House administration member can, for whatever reason they choose, add entire categories of people, including family members, friends and associates of suspected individuals, to a watch list.

It gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to elevate entire “categories of people” whose names appear in the larger databases onto the no-fly or selectee lists. This can occur, the guidelines state, when there is a “particular threat stream” indicating that a certain type of individual may commit a terrorist act.

This means that you merely knowing someone, whether in person or in a virtual space like social media networks, could lead to you being placed on a terror watchlist.

In a previous article we facetiously opined that at the rate at which terror watchlists have been expanded since 2003, the number of people on the lists will exceed the U.S. population by 2019. The new rules implemented under the watchful eye of the Obama administration suggest that such a possibility is no longer a joking matter.

Though Americans who have been added to terror watchlists are currently faced with the inconvenience of restricted travel on public transportation systems and increased government scrutiny into their personal lives, how long before government officials start rounding up suspects, or those suspected of being suspects, under anti-terrorism laws like the Patriot Act? Under those guidelines, as well as those outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act, not only can American citizens be held without charge or trial indefinitely for mere suspicion of terrorist activities, but so too can they be assassinated by drone strikes or other government action.

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin couldn’t have dreamed of the power that currently resides in the hands of the U.S. government and its subordinate agencies.

Editor’s Note: If you’re reading this or have shared it with others, or if you are suspected of knowing somebody who is suspected of reading this or sharing it with others, you may now be on a terror watchlist.

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More Child Immigration Crisis News: Nonprofit Accused of Not Reporting Lobbying
Category: Anti-American
Tags: Obama Democrats Holder illegal aliens illegal voters criminals unlawful treason DOJ media corruption control left progressives anti-American

BMark Horne  via PO

Amid all the other news in the child immigration crisis, you may remember that Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) was going to purchase a resort hotel—complete with weight room, tennis courts, and Olympic pool—to house illegal aliens. They were granted hundreds of millions of dollars to set up this operation. We here at Political Outcast wondered if someone was getting a bailout through the government-funded purchase. BCFS quickly walked away from the deal, and it was indeed revealed that the planned price was more than the property was supposed to be worth.

I know you find this so surprising.

Now the Daily Caller is reporting that BCFS spent money on lobbying and yet did not properly report it on their tax forms. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, they have spent $210,000 since 2006. The biggest spending years were 2006, 2007, and 2009. They spent a combined $190,000 using the powerful lobbying firm, Williams & Jensen. They lobbied both Congress and several Federal agencies, “including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS and HHS.”

In response to the primary section of BCFS’s IRS 990 forms which asks whether organizations spent money on lobbying, the organization checked “No” in every year in which it lobbied.

Piferrer — a former spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry — explained, saying that the lobbying expenses were instead reported in the statement of functional expenses. The claim was partially true. The organization did not report some of the lobbying expenses in that section during the years they were incurred. But on its 2011 and 2012 tax forms, it reported around $190,000 in lobbying expenditures even though records show it did not spend that amount on lobbying during those years.

Piferrer said that in previous years, BCFS reported lobbying expenses under the “professional fees” line-item. However, such fees usually include legal fees and not lobbying expenses.

Pressed on the issue, Piferrer said, “We’re going to reach out to our private tax firm to review and consider amending [the tax form].”

TheDC’s request to further discuss BCFS’s finances with the organization’s financial department was not answered.

As scandals go, I wish this was the worst one we had to deal with (I may be wrong, but I think the bailout of the resort is much more serious). But it is a real window into the corruption machine that is our Federal government and its nonprofit contractors. $210,00 of lobbying netted a contract worth almost $3 million. I suppose BCFS will say they needed to lobby to get considered for what they want to do. Perhaps. But they could have answered the question honestly on their tax forms the first time.

Wasn’t there a candidate back in 2008 who spoke against the influence of lobbyists? I can’t remember his name. He has completely disappeared from public life.

Fast Food Workers Warn of Civil Disobedience If They Don't Get $15 Per Hour
Category: Anti-American
Tags: minimum wage Food stamps welfare Obama recession bankruptcy debt economy recovery FED Lies incompetence treason

By Tad Cronn via GP

In the movie "Blazing Saddles," there's a great scene where the sheriff, to save himself from a town full of gun-wielding bigots, pulls out his gun and points it at his own head, using two different voices to convince the townsfolk to drop their weapons or "I'll blow this n-----'s head all over this town!" The townsfolk buy it, dropping their guns, even crying out, "isn't anybody gonna help this poor man?" as the sheriff backs away to safety.

That scene came to mind upon hearing about the growing movement by fast food workers who think they should be paid $15 per hour for overcooking low-grade beef and getting orders wrong.

A representative of the Service Employees International Union, Kendall Fells, said that the burger flippers will begin taking actions that are "more high profile" and could include deliberate civil disobedience if they don't get their way.

Around 1,300 french fry jockeys are meeting today and Saturday in Villa Park, Illinois, to discuss doing "whatever it takes" to get $15 an hour and a union. Presumably, someone else paid for their bus tickets and hotel rooms, because who can afford that on minimum wage?

The lampreys at the SEIU must really be desperate for cash if they think this monkey will fly.

Fast food workers as a group aren't known for their high brain wattage, but even someone who can make proper change only half the time should be able to calculate what will happen if the rate of pay for every minimum wage worker doubles.

That money doesn't come out of some magic vault at McDonald's headquarters. It's paid for with sandwiches, chicken McNuggets and milkshakes sold to customers. Owners of individual restaurants expect a certain return on their business because -- believe it or not, libs -- they want to support their families, too, and they've worked hard so that they can run a business instead of working a cash register or a deep fryer.

It should be obvious that there's a balance between the number of customers and what they're willing to pay. Raise prices and you'll lose customers. Lose too many customers and the restaurant's income will fall despite charging more per item. That translates into lost jobs.

If workers' wages are to double, plus the cost of whatever benefits the union will demand, the restaurants need to increase their income, which means a whole lot more customers per restaurant. With this current economy, and barring some sudden national craving for poorly constructed hamburgers, the only way that will happen is by reducing the number of restaurants competing for the number of potential customers. That's a losing game, too, because fewer restaurants means longer drives for consumers, and there's only so far people will go for a Fillet o' Fish. Again, that adds up to lost jobs.

Then the other option for owners to make up the shortfall caused by the suddenly ridiculous wages is to cut hours and outright eliminate positions. More people will lose jobs, and those who don't won't be working full-time. Between that and higher taxes for that increased wage, any potential income increase workers may have expected could be totally nullified.

The fast food workers of this country are acting like the sheriff in "Blazing Saddles," creating a ridiculous situation that they expect everybody to buy in to, but really, they're just pointing a gun at their own heads. The words on the bullet are "livable wage," but it's still a bullet. The workers are being taken advantage of by the SEIU, which stands to collect a chunk of change from every newly unionized paycheck, regardless of whether the individual workers get any actual benefit.

I suppose some good might come of this. If the workers succeed in their demands, it will drastically shrink the fast food industry and might help America shed some unwanted pounds. Unfortunately, all the fat that will be trimmed will go directly to the unemployment office. One way or another, we'll all pay for the SEIU lining its pockets.

 

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