Why The $15 Minimum Wage Hurts Fast Food Workers More Than It Helps

Leftists are rallying around the idea of instituting a $15 dollar minimum wage – just over a 100% increase from the current rate.

If one doesn’t take into consideration the unintended or indirect consequences of such a policy, or blatantly ignores simple, step-by-step logic because critical thinking is too hard, this proposal might sound like a good idea.

But, at the end of the day, the harsh truth is this: Businesses will fire employees before doubling their wages, especially if they are considered easily replaced and low-skilled labor.

Regardless of whether the motivations behind a minimum wage increase are benevolent toward workers or intentionally harmful toward business owners, radical leftists and so-called “liberals” are essentially arguing for a policy which fundamentally creates more unemployment for the younger, inexperienced, uneducated, or unskilled laborers.

Why pay an employee $15 an hour to stuff french fries into a box when a more efficient robot can do it for less+?

That’s the question implied by a McDonald’s CEO, who seems determined to make it plain and simple for liberals who just can’t seem to understand.

He is flat out telling everyone that if the minimum wage is jacked up to $15 an hour, then McDonald’s will be forced to replace inefficient employees with a more efficient, cost-saving robot.

“It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 (£24,000) robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 (£10.20) an hour bagging French fries.  It’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe.

 

It’s not just going to be in the fast food business. Franchising is the best business model in the United States.  It’s dependent on people that have low job skills that have to grow. Well if you can’t get people a reasonable wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work.

 

It’s just common sense. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. And the more you push this it’s going to happen faster.”

Of course, the McDonald’s CEO is completely right.

No matter how harsh it might sound, businesses are in business to make a profit.  Not to hand people money.  Not to make entitled liberal brats feel warm and fuzzy inside.

The people in government rarely ever understand this fundamental principle.  And that’s because the government doesn’t have to “make” money – they just “take” money. Other people’s money through taxes, that is.

Businesses must act in their own self-interest in order to compete and survive.

Maybe that’s why this CEO is now speaking out and taking a stand.

He’s not making this statement as a threat or complaint. He is simply stating the obvious loud-and-clear.  And he argues that the proposed minimum wage increase won’t just hurt employees in the fast food industry, but in many industries with low-skilled labor.

Basically, the minimum wage increase would hurt the same employees whom leftists are claiming to “help”.

With record-high levels of unemployment and underemployment, the last thing America needs is more government intervention in the markets which ultimately leads to more job losses for struggling Americans and families or those just starting out in life.

Do you think a minimum wage increase will help our economy? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments below.