Fifteen Dollars An Hour…Are You Kidding Me?

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I just can't help myself, the nonsense is just too loud and I must say something.

Fifteen Dollars An Hour…Are You Kidding Me?


Fifteen Dollars An Hour…Are You Kidding Me?

In order to have a free a robust economic system in this country we need a few things. For instance we must all have the freedom to try, the freedom to buy, the freedom to sell, and most of all, the freedom to fail. For as we know, if we never fail, we never learn. These freedoms must be protected by law if the nation’s people are to prosper at a maximum level.
By 1930 the United States had become the richest industrial nation on earth and we did this with only 5% of the earth’s land, and only 6% of the world’s population. This meant the people of the United States were producing over half of the world’s clothes, houses, communications, food, and transportation.

What Happened


So what happened? Government happened, as this is the greatest threat to the people’s prosperity, when government comes in and regulates prices, wages, production, distribution and then starts subsidizing one product over another, such as buying electric cars over the gas engine cars, even though it may seem a good idea at the time, but if it is the market place well tell us loudly and clearly.
The truth is that in a free market system we will see the market place regulate itself. This is how Apple rose to the top, not because the government did anything, but because the government did nothing.

This is how the American market place rose to the top.

Now we see the government involved with all most every aspect of the market place, and as a result we see the United States being overcome by the Chinese. Why is this you ask, because it is simply easier and cheaper to do business in China than it is in the United States with all of Obama’s rules, regulations, and taxes?

Evil Business Owners


Today we see the people railing against the business owners, saying that the business owner makes too much money while his employees make too little money. This is a bunch of left wing hooey, and I say that as both a business owner and an employee. As a business owner I and almost every other business owner wants to pay their employees as much as they can, because it is damn hard to find good employees. And as a business owner there were many, many months when I went without a paycheck in order to pay my employees, and to pay for their health insurance, and their unemployment insurance, their workman’s comp insurance, match their taxes, and their Social Security, pay the sales taxes, and that is just the beginning, after that there is state and local tax, business licenses, business insurance, flood insurance, building insurance, corporate taxes, eye wash stations, fire extinguishers, hazardous material lockers, ADA compliant bathrooms, the garbage people, the printers and the advertisers just to name a few.

Pay My Employees Too Much!

You see if I paid my employees too much I would go broke and no one would have a job, and if I paid them too little they would quit and go to work for my competition, and after all, I trained them. What I am trying to say is that it is the market place that determines the wage, not the employer, or the employee, that is until the government steps in, and to tell you the truth, if the government and the unions step in too much more there will be no business left at all and we will all be working for the Chinese.
Now we see the movement to pay those in the jobs on the bottom of the market place 15 dollars an hour. Those jobs where no or very little skills are needed, those jobs that are meant for teenagers as learning experience in the market place, as a stepping stone to a better job. This is where I started, at a minimum wage job. As a matter of fact I worked two of these jobs while going to high school because my father had a heart attack and I needed to help pay the family bills…Lets see, that would be 30 dollars an hour…Right?

To Make a Burger


I saw just the other day how much it costs to make a hamburger to sale in the market place, say at McDonalds, or Burger King and it is far less than you can make one at home, but at the end of the day the profit of that burger, that is the money the owner gets to keep to his greedy self (and keep in mind that most business owners are in debt to the bank for their business, their homes and their cars just like the employee is) is less than .20 cents, and that is if the business is run correctly and no mistakes happen.
That’s right; the rich business owner gets 20 cents for every burger they sell, while the employees, Workers comp., the banks, the suppliers, the insurance companies, the garbage men, the property maintainence people, the county, the city, the state, and the government gets the rest.

What Do We Hear



And what do we hearr from those who have never tried to run a business of any kind in their lives, telling all those who will listen and the rest of the uninformed voters, and those who are too thick to understand, that this is just the Republicans trying to hold down the common man. That's right, we nasty Republicans just want to hold everyone down, as we rely on the rich for our votes, which makes absolutely no sense at all if one was to take more than a half second to think about it, as unlike the Democrats, who depend on the poor for their votes, we nasty Republicans actually depend on the wise and the successful for their votes.
Oh...I get it, what you are saying is that the Democrats need more poor people to stay in power while those nasty Republicans need more successful people. Now wait a minute, are your saying the nasty Republicans want to have more successful people and the Democrats want to have more poor people?
You got it!
By George you finally got it!

Face the Facts



So let’s face facts here, these jobs were never meant to support a family with, but as a stepping stone to the employment market place, and what that means is, that one is paid for their skills and if after one year of working in a burger joint, if flipping burgers are all the skills you have, you haven’t been paying attention to your work.
After a year in a burger shop you should qualify as a fry cook, a waiter, an organizer, a maintenance person, a cashier, an assembly worker, a manager, and least we forget…The President of the United State as after a year’s experience at a burger joint you will have more actual working experience in a real business as that of President Obama.

Now put down your sign and get back to work…I’m hungry.

Words by uTAH jAY
Come and write with us on wikinut...Its good experience and you get paid.

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author avatar Utah Jay
I have been writing since the beginning of time it seems, not because I want to write, but because I have too. My favorite form of writing is poetry, all kinds and types of poetry.

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author avatar brendamarie
21st Apr 2015 (#)

great article well thought out piece. You bring up some great points.

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author avatar Retired
21st Apr 2015 (#)

This is so on the money it's not even funny. You didn't know I wrote poetry too, did you?

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author avatar Retired
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Bravo, Utah. I'm on my side, your side, and anybody's side who works to make their own way. Folks like us will never be on the government dole or expect somebody else to take care of our every want, need or desire. Hoo Rah for the free market and capitalism. Down with despotism and the slavery of the masses to political rock stars.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Apr 2015 (#)

The CEO's used to be happy with 20 or 40 times as much as the bottom people earned, but now they insist on 400 times as much as the bottom people earn. We are not talking about the mom and pop business owners who probably do want to be fair, those concerned are talking about the people who make millions per year while paying very little to bottom people.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Bottom people, Mark, are paid what they are worth. CEOs have earned their paychecks by
1. being qualified for their responsible positions with educations, higher technical and professional skills, and experience in the field;
2. they take on the enormous risk to the business they are leading, accepting that their fortunes or savings might disappear, the business might fail, their reputations might be destroyed, or even they could everything.
3. They are accountable for the success or failure of the business depending on their decisions. When forces outside their control (like governments) cause the business to fold, CEOs are held responsible for the loss anyway.

We don't see bottom people carrying such responsibilities, accountability, and risk. That's what the CEOs get paid the big bucks for. They earned it.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

#2 end of sentence should be:
they could lose everything.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Hmmm...Utah you goa compelling artcle above. However, i think your Burger analogy is either not updared or have a typo error. A decent business man would always have at least 20% threshold of profit margn. As per Mcdonalds the average asof last year quartl profit is 16% from 21% in 2011... See http://ycharts.com/companies/MCD/profit_margin ..reportedly the company earned roughly $7.2B last year do the match and 16% is not bad at all. =)

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Sorry for my own typo errors..but going back to the meat of the content its all but the wheel of capitalism in full swing. So far its a better choice than dreaming a utopian free burger society. =)

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Is there anything wrong in earning that money Utah???
Its an honest and decent living and I have earned $13.75 an hour in the past and that is as an actress for a television series, Almighty Johnsons. Not all are born with a golden, silver, platinum spoon in mouth, perhaps you would have not me. I have worked at $100 an hour in IT and that amount in entertainment and honestly with vindictive measures officiated to cause grief, honest living is better than prostitution and devilish antics although some prefer being evil and malicious minded for faults within themselves and they are the ones causing trouble in economy.
While I know the taste of hardship, I am proud to have stayed in character and saved myself from embarrassment of being called a slut unfairly for remaining clean and chaste and truth be told, its not the government fault but the ones of the doers who create things from the policies of the government.
I chose to get into entertainment for my love of it although I am an accomplished IT Manager with entrepreneurial skills and musical talent which may not earn me much today, but gives me enough to live without whoring around.
That is the bane of many single parents who whore out just to make ends meet with that rate per hour, I don't as I learnt to economise and live with $10 for food per week until I got assignments to pay my bills. I have a mad husband BTW still married to me and a child while you are a single father with kids and grandkids you will be entitled for a pension in your old age with 24/7 time available to live and write on Wikinut and earn lifetime royalty of more money if you promote correctly. Take care.....

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
21st Apr 2015 (#)

I slog 20 hours a day if needed to bring comfort to my child as I am a young mother of one. I dont curse the government but the executors of their policies who are vagrant bastards who have no sense of respect for life.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Write and earn through Adsense, it will pay you too....

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author avatar Shamarie
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Powerful article, Utah Jay!!!

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author avatar WOGIAM
21st Apr 2015 (#)

I enjoyed reading your article, it had an underlying humour base but was still serious and truthful.
I continue to dream of the day, i would earn more than £10/1 hour

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Brendamarie.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you LeRain.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

I don't care what the CEO makes Mark, if his/or hers employees were so upset with their salaries they would not be working there, they would get better paying jobs, or start a business competing with their old boss. The point here is they are employed and not on the government dole, and no one knows what sacrifices this evil ceo made while growing their business. I have no problem with greed and that is why I have no problem here, never making so much as a thin dime all year, working for stars that I know I have earned but are not there.

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author avatar Retired
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Excellent answer Utah....it's either a capitalist system or it isn't. Liberals seem to think that when a certain profit is reached that the government has a sudden right to jump into the mix and force the owner of the company to share it with entry level workers. Guess what, folks? That's socialism. (they don't get it Utah, they never will)

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

You are most likely right Saigon, as what I watched was a small one owner shop. In the business I owned we worked with a 40% margin of profit, but it was not a burger shop. Thanks for the read.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

YOu are welcome UTAH Jay it was a good read to let me think more of my right brain..i was with a top burger shop in my university years..after 9 months I believe I got a good culture of excellence practice for the rest of my professional career circle -from being a salesman, to manager, to a teacher and yes even being a poet. That's how my $ .25 (cents) an hour gave me that happened to be an ounce of gold in every moment for my lifelong philosophy.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

No Lady, there is no problem with making money, but it is the market place that dictates that, not government or unions. And good on you for all your efforts. Update, I am not a single father, but a husband of 30 some years with children and grandchildren. Thanks for the comments.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Shamarie.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks WOGIAM and good luck on your dream.

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author avatar Utah Jay
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

You guys are all so fantastic that you have actually grown my faith in the future. The world would be better off not worrying about what our neighbors might be doing, while doing what is best for our God, our families, and our countries...God bless each and every one of you, and thank you Mark as I know how hard you work for each and every wikinut member and none of us are getting rich, but money is not everything.

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author avatar spirited
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

Good on you for saying something Utah Jay.

The economic wealth or prosperity of a country should not be only solely reliant on the market place.

There is another type of prosperity to one built by the almighty dollar.

The market place exists for the people, not the people for it.

This means that any market place being used for gain in itself by an abuser of that market place releases forces of destruction long term to that market place, whereas when the people bring love to the table, the market place slots into the right place to stay working as it should be working.

That's my own two cents worth Utah Jay.

Greed never works, only love.

These politicians and business tycoons sometimes forget this.

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author avatar Utah Jay
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

Your right spirited as any country needs a viverant market place, and in that setting greed has its place, as long as it is done above the law. I have in my life been privileged to meet some of these so called tycoons. I know how many millions of people they employ and of how much they give to charity, I don't care what they make as long as they pay their taxes, support families, and give open heartedly to honest charities, like the red cross, but not like the Clinton's pay to play charity.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Utah, you and me differ on politics which is probably the only area. You need a government to take care of the poor and one for big business to have a balance. Obama is not a demon. I worked for an American Company here in Montreal, they choose to employee people in Canada because it was cheaper for them to hire Canadians than Americans. Their number one priority was how to make the most money they could off the backs of their workers. They were hurting so much finally that they bought out two other companies. I can't stand corporate greed.

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