It was on the news...briefly! Fast Food Workers on Strike! Fast food workers from New York to St. Louis staged short-lived strikes last month and as always our corporate godfathers went into propaganda overdrive. In high dudgeon they warned that even another buck an hour would break the bank, the fast food industry would crash and burn and grass would grow in the streets of America. The usual corporate nonsense that fast food work is some kind of ‘entry level’ employment unworthy of a living wage sputtered off the lips of corporate executives. FOX News and an army of right wing talk show hosts went nuts. “More? You want more! How dare you ask for more?” Jeez...you’d have thunk that someone suggested that all Americans should have affordable health insurance, world class educations on the public nickel and decent old-age pensions.
The ‘Defenders of Capitalism’ carefully stayed away for the concept of ‘entry level profits,’ though they vigorously defended the concept of ‘entry level’ taxes for the fat cats of America. Gee I wonder why?
Here’s a fact! Minimum wage today has way less purchasing power then it had in 1980 when minimum wage stood at $3.10 an hour. Imagine, getting away with paying people less money for the same work after thirty-three years. You don’t have to imagine, it’s true.
I may be wrong, but there’s something cheesy about paying people less today in terms of purchasing power than what folks earned thirty years ago when a Big Mac cost $.95. What’s really cheesy is defending this kind of theft. Here’s an idea, Fat Cats of America. Find a way to pay your workers a semi-living wage! Why? Because it’s the right thing to do! You do know right from wrong, don’t you?
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