Did you ever wonder what it must be like to be a businessman in Detroit — one of the few who are left? If so, look no further than the nationwide fast food strikes happening today, where a Detroit McDonald’s was forced to close because its employees walked out over a pay dispute. Apparently, entry level jobs are now supposed to support entire families. The requested minimum wage: $15 per hour.
A local McDonald’s restaurant was forced to close after its employees walked out and hundreds gathered outside to protest for higher wages. …
Over 200 protestors crowded the restaurant, carrying signs that read “We are worth more. Strike for 15,” as in $15 an hour.
Terrance Collins told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas he has worked at McDonald’s for a few years, and has been struggling ever since.
“I started off making $7.40, they gave me a manager position and raised that to $7.75. When they took my manager position, they dropped me back down to $7.40, and I have two kids to put on top of that that I’m trying to support. And the ends still doesn’t meet so no, it’s not a comfortable living,” he said. …
Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage, which many fast food workers make, of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.
Ashton Kutcher recently said that there was never a job he worked that he was better than, and he was right. Work is an honorable thing. Employment at McDonalds is just as honorable as employment at any other establishment. With that said, flipping burgers at McDonald’s is not something that is meant to support a family of four. If prices and wages are just arbitrary numbers cooked up by evil McDonald’s franchisees to line their cash with as much money as possible, why stop at $15? Why not $20? Or $25? Or higher? The reason is because underlying prices and wages are basic economic principles. Sadly, no matter how many times a McReality burger is served to the citizens of Detroit, they reject it.
Detroit is a city that has been run by Democrats for decades. Decades. The same mentality that spurs someone to demand $15 dollars an hour to ring up a Happy Meal is the same mentality that turned the city into an empty husk of what it once was.
The people who are protesting McDonald’s aren’t dumb. To borrow a line from Ronald Reagan: they just know so much that isn’t true. The result is a bankrupt city filled with crime that no one wants to open a business in.
Detroit has been spending on average $100 million more than it has taken in for each of the past five years. The city’s $11 billion in unsecured debt includes $6 billion in health and other retirement benefits and $3 billion in retiree pensions for its 20,000 city pensioners, who are slated to receive less than 10 percent of what they were promised. Between 2007 and 2011, an astounding 36 percent of residents lived below the poverty line. Last year, the FBI cited Detroit as having the highest violent crime rate for any major American city. In the first 12 years of the new century, Detroit lost more than 26 percent of its population.
Employees in Detroit who are protesting McDonald’s should be thanking the franchisee who took a chance by opening a dining establishment in a city on life support. Instead, they attack the man trying to apply the defibrillator.