Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Aug 5, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Northern Michigan News

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car.

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TerryE wrote:
No! But it will hasten the demise of fast food "Resturants" as people realize that they can get higher quality food for less, elsewhere.
Regards, Terri
Then there is a bright side.

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Center-Left Conservative wrote:
Whatís the big deal about raising the minimum wage to match the cost of living increase? The first thing the Republicans have to do is change the perception that we are solely for big business and against the working class.
I disagree with the President on the pipeline, he needs to push that through immediately but I am with him on his all of thee above strategy on energy. Solar, Wind Green Clean energy combine with Natural gas and oil is a smart approach to this nationís future. Its past time for our side to stop this divisive stuff and work in a smarter way to take back control of our country and push a conservative agenda and policies that will attract people to our side.
What are a few details of a "conservative agenda" that would attract people to your side?

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Fast food employees deserve a livable wage. These companies make profits huge enough to sustain current prices to consumers. Even if prices increase, people who consume this edible garbage will remain addicted to it.
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So when do people decide to make babies?

BEFORE they earn a decent living?

AFTER they earn a decent living?

OR maybe making babies means that someone MUST PAY THEM MORE just BECAUSE they made babies?

It's a little too late to cry about not being able to provide for their child AFTER deciding to HAVE not one, but THREE children.

What was he thinking?

<and therein lies the problem>

He didn't think about the consequences of pleasuring himself while making the babies.

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one word......baloney
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Eleanor wrote:
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Perhaps, then, it is the objective of the government to get more ABLE BODIED persons to enlist in the military.
Pay is better than minimum; training is free; even education is free AFTER serving one's country.
Instead of wallowing in dead-end minimum wage jobs, people should be considering a career in the Armed Services!!
Many have already improved their lives in serving their country.
But then there are others who would rather sit back and just complain that life just isn't giving them enough in return for their efforts.
Yeah, join the armed services; where you can risk your life for a bunch of ungrateful people whom are only going to pull those "benefits" right out from under you after you complete your part of the contracts.

GI Bill? It wont be here much longer with the rising cost of education. Health Benefits? Go talk to the VA for that one...you have aprox a 4 year wait. Physchiatric treatment coming back from a war zone? You dont need that! Your just fine!

The way vets are treated in this country is disgusting. There is a reason why they have trouble recruiting.

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TerryE wrote:
No! But it will hasten the demise of fast food "Resturants" as people realize that they can get higher quality food for less, elsewhere.
Regards, Terri
that would mean going to the grocery store and fixing it themselves....

ahahahahahaha!!!!
yeah, THAT'S gonna happen!
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Mothra wrote:
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You can't absolve government of its influence in the price of energy.
Doing a quick search on regulations.gov using only the term "energy" and sorting for "rules", you'll see there are 6639 new rules since the start of the Obama administration. There are also an additional 4081 pending.
Every one of those rules cost money... money that increases the costs of energy.
"Influence?" Oh sure, they have some "influence." But they don't raise and lower prices from day to day, week to week. And of course new rules don't necessarily increase prices - although they DO increase excuses..:)
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BTW, I looked up 'energy, 6639 new rules' and 'energy, 6639 new regulations' and couldn't find a damn thing about these alleged "costly regulations." So I'm going to have to call 'BS' on that one.
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Obama is a Horses Rosette wrote:
Fast food workers want entitlements. Plasma TV's, Apple tablets, Obama-Phones, processed hair and extensions, BMW's, and most importantly Jordans.
Exactly the sort of nonsense I'd expect from you. Are you a sockpuppet of Eigthman's?:)

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Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Fast food employees deserve a livable wage. These companies make profits huge enough to sustain current prices to consumers. Even if prices increase, people who consume this edible garbage will remain addicted to it.
then open a mcdonalds and pay them...
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Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Fast food employees deserve a livable wage. These companies make profits huge enough to sustain current prices to consumers. Even if prices increase, people who consume this edible garbage will remain addicted to it.
Next thing you know; panhandlers, prostitutes, and web bloggers will be demanding a living wage too.
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chisholm wrote:
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"Influence?" Oh sure, they have some "influence." But they don't raise and lower prices from day to day, week to week. And of course new rules don't necessarily increase prices - although they DO increase excuses..:)
"Some" influence? They have to have a packs of lawyers on hand to interpret the rules, then bunches more to implement them (compliance). And lets not forget all the hearings, notices, postings, meetings, and negotiations that occur as well.

All that is overhead, added to the price up front. So you're wrong, they do necessarily increase prices.

btw, oil companies don't set their day to day prices. That's controlled by the world market.
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chisholm wrote:
BTW, I looked up 'energy, 6639 new rules' and 'energy, 6639 new regulations' and couldn't find a damn thing about these alleged "costly regulations." So I'm going to have to call 'BS' on that one.
Call BS all you want. Doesn't change facts.

Did you go to regulations.gov ? Did you search there? Or just Google it? Big difference.

A few years ago, regulations.gov changed their format so searches are more difficult, but I found that info easily enough.
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Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Fast food employees deserve a livable wage. These companies make profits huge enough to sustain current prices to consumers. Even if prices increase, people who consume this edible garbage will remain addicted to it.
Who are you to determine what profit level a company makes is enough?

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Obama said,' at some point, you've made enough' maybe he was talking to the burger flippers?
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Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Fast food employees deserve a livable wage. These companies make profits huge enough to sustain current prices to consumers. Even if prices increase, people who consume this edible garbage will remain addicted to it.
They do deserve to make a bare minimum livable wage but from the corporation's stand point what is a 'huge profit'. What is a huge profit for a smaller business. Or what is a minimum profit for the corporations. If government dictates to businesses pay based on their profit that is not only government interference in private business it's one step closer to dictating to small businesses and individuals. Your life will basically become based on a mathematical formula, there will be no thought on how much you pay or what for.

The problem is that most of the companies in question become too big to fail by expanding too fast taking out not only the competition but OTHER companies where an employee could progress or go to if they didn't like conditions or a wage at a corporate fast food place. They need to strengthen anti trust laws for starters.
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Obama said,' at some point, you've made enough' maybe he was talking to the burger flippers?
The fast food industry doesn't pay folks enough money for them to make a career out of it. That's OK, it's a free country, and it's their perogative to pay whatever they want.

After working six months at a fast food joint, I know I'd be ready to move on to something else. All this talk about a "living wage" is based on the false assumption that people who work in fast food as basically stuck there and have no other options. There are always other options.

Perhaps one day McDonalds will decide to outsouce all their labor to China and sell their hamburgers from vending machines, and then it will be a moot argument.
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"No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable."
(Adam Smith)
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Eighthman wrote:
Lower gasoline prices.
Stop this insanity.
Read this little tidbit from the land of oil and gas ...

http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/08/01/d...

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