Most People Are Stupid: Example #2
Today’s nationwide fast-food worker protests kicked off with the expected cognitive dissonance.
“We’re out here fighting to raise the minimum wage and get rid of $7.40 because $7.40 an hour is not enough to take care of our kids and our families and we want to, you know, get the raise up to $15,” another protestor said.
The protest wasn’t limited to just fast-food workers, as local clergy, like Rev. David Bullock, showed up to support the cause as well.
“We can’t survive on just $7.25, we need $15 an hour. This is a national campaign to raise the minimum wage. I was so proud of President Barack Obama yesterday when he gave the speech talking about the dream unfulfilled, the second phase of the civil rights movement is economic equality,” Bullock said
Just because there’s a “Rev.” in front of a name doesn’t mean one should expect any degree of above average intellect. As a matter of fact, there’s probably enough statistical evidence to suggest that clergy as a group are generally below average. It’s laughable to consider the idea of “economic equality”, but then these are the sort of people who most covet the socialism and other fallacious ideas of equality. Raising minimum wage is self-defeating, and $15/hour is beyond ridiculous. Few people, very few indeed, are going to pay $20 for a Big Mac sandwich alone, but that’s the sort of thing fast-food patrons will be faced with if minimum wage is to be bumped up a sizable amount.
These workers obviously don’t understand what it takes to open and operate a McDonald’s under current government regulations. The ridiculousness comes in that government (read: legislators and lawyers) has made starting and operating a business prohibitively expensive for most even before hiring the first employee. Get government out of business.
Government aggravates an already bad situation anytime it erects artificial barriers to employment alternatives, including self-employment. But governments at all levels do this routinely, usually by protecting the well-connected from market competition.
How so? I couldn’t possibly count the ways here. But we can mention the most common: Occupational licensing restricts entry into many kinds of work by raising the cost of going into business. Zoning restrictions prevent people from using their homes for commercial purposes. Restrictions on street vendors and cabbies quash small-scale entrepreneurship. Intellectual-property law inhibits or harasses those whose products might be construed as violating patents or copyrights. Government land holdings make land artificially more costly. Taxes and regulations impose greater burdens on would-be entrepreneurs than on large, established businesses.