Send in the job creators
Can fast-food workers successfully unionize?…Last week, fast food workers in 60 cities went out on strike for a day. They want their wages doubled to $15 an hour, which is what they figure the average person needs to support a family. Fast food jobs used to go mostly to teenagers, looking to make a little gas money and start a resume. But with manufacturing jobs moving overseas, and technology eliminating other jobs, these days, 46 percent of fast food workers are adults between the ages of 21 and 35. I sympathize with the workers, but I doubt their union movement will succeed. There are just too many people willing to take those jobs, and that keeps wages low. If higher salaries drive up the price of fast food, people might stop buying it. Plus, the more labor costs, the more attractive robot chefs and self-serve ordering kiosks become. But most importantly, the real problem isn’t that fast food jobs don’t pay enough. The problem is we’re not creating better and higher-paying jobs for adults.
If we’re serious about creating good-paying full-time jobs, the first step would be to stop sending lawyers and academics to Washington who claim they’ll create jobs. Lawyers mostly create jobs for other lawyers. Instead, we should be electing people with executive experience who know how to unleash America’s entrepreneurial spirit and remove the government’s anchors from around the necks of business owners. First and foremost, we need leaders who understand that real jobs aren’t created by what the government does for business owners, but by what it DOESN’T do TO business owners.