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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Employment Economics 101 for Strother.

Since you're the one that likes playing the 'label' game so much, maybe you should engage a few average Americans in a conversation about the minimum wage and whether it's too low or not.

That whole "the majority is always right" thing must be a North Stokes High School curriculum point. They tried to teach my kids that BS as well. Fortunately I repaired the defect.

All you've shown is that your liberal pals are good salesmen. They have firmly ensconced the entitlement mentality in Joe Sixpack. That doesn't establish anything quantitative or qualitative about the minimum wage. You claim it's too low. Compared to what? Compared to a six-figure annual salary? No doubt. But what criteria establishes that unskilled labor warrants an artificially high salary? Of course, your answer is based on merit. You say people deserve a higher minimum wage.

But I have a counter-challenge for you. Go talk to someone who has been laid off because the government keeps creeping the minimum wage. You tell them that it's too low and I'll give you the same advice you gave me: duck.

But I have found that at your average pub or eatery in Europe and elsewhere offers less attentive and concerned wait staff than one here in the US.

You obviously visited a lower class of establishment in Europe than I did, then. Or maybe you only visited France. But you are probably mistaking as service the incessant iced tea refills and queries of "can I get you anything else?" In Europe, the wait staff generally consists of professionals. They don't scribble illegibly on a pad and then when the food arrives ask, "who had the cheeseburger?" They don't run by your table and throw a salad at you, disappearing back into the bowels of the kitchen. They don't regard you throughout the meal as something ugly they found growing on the bottom of their foot only to become your best friend upon presentation of the bill.

People are entitled to fair compensation. That's not an 'entitlement mentality.' That's just fair.

What?! Do you have trouble with English? People are entitled to nothing. Fair is an artificial construct of those who live on wishful thinking. You tell me of an entitlement mentality and then claim it isn't. Employment is a contract. It is subject to the laws of supply and demand like any other economic construct. To insist that an employer has some obligation to pay something other than what the employment is worth is an entitlement mentality.

The rest of your argument is just repetitious, so I'm not going to belabor it. There is no such thing as a "fair minimum wage." A government-mandated minimum wage is fair to neither employers nor employees. It is nothing more than largesse handed out to the adopted mascots of the liberal elite in order to enhance their own views of their self worth. Your straw-man argument about you and I keeping wait staff employed by the generosity of our tips is ridiculous and it belies your repeated claims of tipping for performance. As I said before, you are a liberal so you base reward on merit. Your entire response is an amazing bit of hypocrisy in which you deny that outlook while supporting it and reinforcing it.


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