The “Fight for $15” movement to increase the hourly pay of fast food workers to $15 per hour has gained a lot of momentum in the past year. Led by unions, who seek to expand into the fast food industry, and progressive activist groups, there have been protests nationwide demanding fast food chains raise the starting pay of employees to more than double the minimum wage. That fight may be on the verge of backfiring.
Conservatives have long warned that raising the minimum wage would harm businesses, cost low-skilled workers jobs and lead to automation to replace many of them. Unions and progressives, on the other hand, swore fast food chains could easily afford the inflated labor cost without much of a price increase.
Now comes word that McDonalds’, the largest player in the fast food industry, revenues are down significantly. A 5 percent decline in quarterly revenues led to a 30 percent decline in profits. A doubling of labor costs would only exacerbate this and lead to massive layoffs.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The McDonald’s earnings report on Tuesday gave a hint at how the fast-food chain really plans to respond to its wage and profit pressure—automate.”
Further, the Journals says:
By the third quarter of next year, McDonald’s plans to introduce new technology in some markets “to make it easier for customers to order and pay for food digitally and to give people the ability to customize their orders,” reports the Journal. Mr. Thompson, the CEO, said Tuesday that customers “want to personalize their meals” and “to enjoy eating in a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. And they want choices in how they order, choices in what they order and how they’re served.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
As the media prepared to vacate newsrooms for the weekend, Democrats snuck in a last minute proposal that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) be allowed to heavily regulate political content on internet sites such as Youtube, blogs, and the Drudge Report.
Obama FEC Vice Chairperson Ann M. Ravel announced late on Friday that the FEC was preparing new regulations to give itself control over videos, Internet-based political campaigns, and other content on the web. She insisted that, “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long overdue.”
At issue was a case considered by the FEC – the chief campaign-finance regulator – in September involving a group that ran pro-coal videos critical of Democrats in 2012. The group initially was accused of failing to report the cost of the videos and of failing to include the routine “disclaimers.”
But the group maintained that since they were only run on YouTube, they were exempt.
The case ended in a split, 3-3 decision at the FEC and was dismissed. But the vote itself aired a striking divide: despite a decision clearing the organization by the general counsel, Democrats voted to pursue an investigation anyway while Republicans voted to drop it.
Ravel was blunt in her written statement Friday explaining her side’s vote. She scolded Republicans for arguing rules that would apply to TV ads should not apply to web videos.
Until now, videos and other political content that is not posted for a fee are unregulated by the FEC. Only paid advertising is regulated under election rules. It is this that the Democrats want to change.
“FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site, or even a chat room could be regulated,” the Washington Examiner reported on October 24.
The dastardly duo of Charles and David Koch are at it again. What kind of evil shenanigans are the freedom-loving billionaire philanthropists pulling now? Brew yourself an organic tea, progressives, and prepare to be outraged.
Koch Industries has given a “major grant” to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to improve the effectiveness of public defenders and to provide scholarships and training for lawyers that can represent poor people charged with crimes like the kind of petty drug offenses that the Kochs have long tried to decriminalize.
Charles Koch said the grant was intended “to make the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s right to counsel a reality for all Americans, especially those who are the most disadvantaged in our society.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
During a campaign stump speech last night in Florence, South Carolina, Democrat gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Vincent Sheheen described his opponent, Republican opponent Governor Nikki Haley, in one of the worst ways imaginable.
“We are going to escort whore out the door,” Sheheen told the crowd as they roared in thunderous applause.
Perhaps realizing that he had just used a derogatory slur toward Governor Haley, Sheheen amended his initial comment by switching the word “whore” with “her.” Sheheen smiled, nodded, and winked as the crowd laughed.
Shaheen lost to Haley in 2010. In their current rematch, polls have Haley ahead by more than 15 points.
Democrats have largely based their 2014 hopes on the party’s support and respect for women.
In a rambling, illogical interview with Billboard magazine, Dolly Parton exposed a hypocritical double-standard toward people who dare to disagree with her narrow view of the world.
But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.
Billboard, predictably, failed to ask how calling people (who “pass judgment”) sinners isn’t passing judgment, itself. Parton has obviously fallen into the moral relativism the Liberal media espouses as a precursor to accepting the morally-bankrupt principles of socialism. But then since so much of her income is now derived from the small, yet opulent homosexual community, holding intellectually-contradictory beliefs would be consistent with maintaining her wealth and popularity among that group.
In other words, she’s sold out to the drag queens that want to be like her.