An editorial in the New York Times has caused some to ask if the movement behind minimum wage laws is all about bringing down the restaurant industry.
Opining on the recent minimum wage hike in LA, the article leads off paragraph 6 by noting “The restaurant industry, however, will not go down without a fight.”
Begging a question – is a minimum wage effort meant to bring that industry down?
Rush Limbaugh thinks, if that’s the case, it might be meant to bring fast-food down, since that segment of the foodservice industry has long been a target of Liberals.
BlueCollar perspective is always to ‘follow the money’…and, in this case, one need only remember that, when labor costs rise, cost-effective automation results.
Mon-n-Pop stores can’t afford that investment. As competition folds, the big chains reduce labor costs with automation, and those who lost jobs are left bewildered.
Miminum-wage populism is just one more example of how Democrats pander to Big Business sub rosa, while posturing as a champion of the little guy…
…and ranting against the very ‘Big Business profiteering’ they really champion.
Employee costs include expensive benefits and payroll taxes…EVERY DAY.
Machine costs are tax-deductible…and don’t need Obamacare.
It was ever thus.