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House Dem: Fast-Food Wage Doubling Would Create ‘Millions of Jobs’
PJ Tatler ^ | August 30, 2013 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 09/01/2013 9:13:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A House Democrat who joined striking fast-food workers in Illinois yesterday said the American economy needs doubled wages for the restaurant workers.

“This gets to the heart of our economic problem in this country which is income inequality. And yes, those arches are made of gold for people like CEO Donald Thompson who makes over $13.7 million in his pay package last year. But I met fast food workers today at McDonald’s who have been working there for a decade and still making $8.50 an hour,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC.

“You cannot live on that kind of wage, and they end up turning to the government for support. So we end up subsidizing Donald Thompson and the profits that McDonald’s,” she added.

Schakowsky said the pay of private entities to workers who choose to take a job there is Congress’ business because “this is an entire industry that is paying poverty wages in this country.”

“Thousands and tens of thousands, maybe millions of people who simply can’t make it on those kinds of wages, and I think that forming a union, getting $15 an hour, which makes a modest income of about $31,000 a year, if you get to work full time, is something that is a proper demand,” she continued.

“And actually these workers are acting — are going to the employers, are going to these companies. I’m standing with them because I think we need it for our economy. If they got paid more, we’re going to see millions of jobs created because there are going to be consumers in the marketplace.”

As far as what Congress can do to compel a higher wage, Schakowsky suggested starting at the executive branch.

“The president could with an executive order do something about the low-wage workers, 2 million of them, that are contract workers for the federal government. That would be a good start,” she said.

“That would be, I think, a very good signal that we don’t think those poverty wages that are paid to millions and millions of workers across the country are good for our economy and certainly not good for those families.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: congress; democrats; donaldthompson; fastfood; illinois; janschakowsky; minimumwage; msnbc
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And Guam will tip over with too many people on it.
1 posted on 09/01/2013 9:13:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would comment but at a loss for words.


2 posted on 09/01/2013 9:16:10 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

90%+ of American adults could do an $8.50/hour McDonald’s job.

How many could do the job of the McDonald’s CEO? A few dozen?


3 posted on 09/01/2013 9:17:17 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would comment but can’t bother to read it.


4 posted on 09/01/2013 9:17:35 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh. My. God. Idiocy that is off the Richter scale.


5 posted on 09/01/2013 9:18:20 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: barmag25

These people are morons of the highest calibre


6 posted on 09/01/2013 9:18:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Can some of these elected representatives of the people really be this stupid and clueless?

Yep.

7 posted on 09/01/2013 9:19:19 PM PDT by JPG (Obama, Juan and Linda Do Egypt.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Must have been dropped on head by doperMommy when born


8 posted on 09/01/2013 9:19:31 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The way to successfully increase wages is to increase the demand for workers.

We could do that by restoring the import tariffs back to where they were for the first 190 years of our country’s existence. Lets make things in America again.

It would also help if we closed the border and stopped immigration while our unemployment is so high. (25% according to shadowstats.com)


9 posted on 09/01/2013 9:19:45 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: GeronL

Reading headlines that involve statements from democrats usually just makes me shake my head in amazement of the level of stupidity.


10 posted on 09/01/2013 9:21:08 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“And Guam will tip over with too many people on it.”

*chuckle* I’m worried that we have people like that in Congress.

If fast food workers, who I have think have a place in this world, get the wages asked for... the owners/managers will make the initial outlay and buy robots.

I know that is what I would do.


11 posted on 09/01/2013 9:21:30 PM PDT by berdie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But I met fast food workers today at McDonald’s who have been working there for a decade and still making $8.50 an hour,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC.

$8.50 an hour would be too much to pay this idiot, Schakowsky. Economics is just too hard of a subject for communists.

12 posted on 09/01/2013 9:22:17 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

House democrats are idiots.


13 posted on 09/01/2013 9:22:29 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: WashingtonSource

Yup. Millions of jobs tearing down ff restaurants. What a didiot!


14 posted on 09/01/2013 9:23:12 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

you just can’t fix stupid.....


15 posted on 09/01/2013 9:24:04 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yes, raising the minimum wage created soooo many jobs the last 3 times they did it as we can clearly see in this graph. And you can always just blame Bush again when it doesn't work.

16 posted on 09/01/2013 9:24:09 PM PDT by RC one
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To: GeronL

No wonder people make jokes about Polaks :-))


17 posted on 09/01/2013 9:24:39 PM PDT by QQQQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
House Dem: Fast-Food Wage Doubling Would Create ‘Millions of Jobs’

Yes, I imagine millions of out of work fast-food workers would create millions of new state bureaucrat job openings to take care of unemployment claims, not to mention millions of federal bureaucrat job openings to come up with idiotic proposals to deal with the crisis created by this idiotic proposal.

"The McDouble is the cheapest, most nutritious food in the world's history". Not if this idiotic proposal is enacted - and a cheap, nutritious source of protein and nourishment for the poor in the US (and Obama is growing their numbers every day) will be gone.
18 posted on 09/01/2013 9:24:50 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The day of completely automated McDonalds restaurants is fast-approaching.

So, when you double their wages, 'Jan', you will merely make the cost-tipping-point come about that much quicker.

Then you will have ZERO jobs.

19 posted on 09/01/2013 9:24:51 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Skipping the bowl and eating stupid right out of the carton.

We definitely don’t understand consumer economics.


20 posted on 09/01/2013 9:26:45 PM PDT by lurk
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To: QQQQ

*ahem* She’s Jewish-Lithuanian-Russian, not Polish.

The clue is that Polish names do not end in -sky.


21 posted on 09/01/2013 9:26:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shut your pie hole, Jan.

Econ. 101 is not your strong point.


22 posted on 09/01/2013 9:27:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

23 posted on 09/01/2013 9:27:34 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("Our nation endures and our government... has not perished from the earth."-Sarah Palin 7/1/13)
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House Dem: Fast-Food Wage Doubling Would Create ‘Millions of Jobs’

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC.

Why is it that people with the smallest brains, no knowledge about anything, and no perceptible useful experiences have the greatest ideas?

And here I thought only the Congressional Black Caucus were the only ones with a collective IQ of 140...

24 posted on 09/01/2013 9:28:21 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: berdie

Yes they will, and the robots already exist:

Eight Types Of Food You Love, Now Made By Robots
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3057376/posts

and they’re outsourcing the drive-thru line:

Fast-food industry tests outsourcing
http://www.blog.infinit-o.com/fast-food-industry-tests-outsourcing/


25 posted on 09/01/2013 9:28:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

26 posted on 09/01/2013 9:29:05 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is just stupid. That is only $31,000 per year. Also, since Obamacare has created a situation where employers are cutting hours to below 30, we need to establish minimum wage to at least $32/hour. At $50,000 per year fast food and low wagge earners will be much better off.


27 posted on 09/01/2013 9:29:06 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: DannyTN

We should have about 170 million people employed today.

We’re 40 million short. I figured it out recently, and it comes out to something like 22.8% of our potential work-force out of work. And that doesn’t address how many are working for far less than they used to make.

It’s disgusting.

And so what do our pathetic exuses for leaders do, they spent all their time trying to keep our worker’s replacements in country. If the clowns in D. C. were physicians, they’d be paying massive amounts of money for malpractice.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 9:30:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the minimum wage is ‘a monument to superficial thinking,’ then what is a democRat?


29 posted on 09/01/2013 9:31:04 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: JPG

These people are elected by the stupid and clueless who respect these representatives for being so much more stupid and clueless than they are.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 9:31:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: dfwgator

My apology. In this case she is American born liberal Jewish woman. I’m not far away ;-))


31 posted on 09/01/2013 9:31:32 PM PDT by QQQQ
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To: barmag25

Put this idiot right up there with Pelosi’s unemployment checks are the best way to build the economy. People that have no concept of economics, or at least how a business works should be kicked out of office. Why is so often that the least capable of serving not only get elected, continually reelected.


32 posted on 09/01/2013 9:32:09 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She should have been aborted!!!


33 posted on 09/01/2013 9:32:22 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The real problem isn’t this idiot, but the idiots who elected this idiot.


34 posted on 09/01/2013 9:32:57 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Mastador1

The answer is that even more idiots vote for them.


35 posted on 09/01/2013 9:34:11 PM PDT by QQQQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Billions!!!

Or even trillions!!!!

The economy would be soooo good that each person would have to work 2 or three jobs...

Oh, wait...


36 posted on 09/01/2013 9:36:41 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why don’t these masterminds start a business,
pay the wages they think people deserve
and show us all how it can be done?


37 posted on 09/01/2013 9:36:47 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa

They wouldn’t have the first clue how to do such a thing.


38 posted on 09/01/2013 9:38:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: kanawa

They wouldn’t have the first clue how to do such a thing.


39 posted on 09/01/2013 9:38:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
Benjamin Franklin


40 posted on 09/01/2013 9:39:26 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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To: Jim Robinson

Red Jan is one of the worst. I was redistricted into her area. I think that idiots would be insulted by the comparison.


41 posted on 09/01/2013 9:39:37 PM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And then who will Michelle Obama blame for the extreme obesity of Americans?

Whom do they think these "millions" of new workers in the fast-food industry are going to be feeding?

And where are those hungry customers of the "millions" going to get the money to regularly patronize these fast-food restaurants that the Obamas spent the last 5 years lambasting, in order to keep the demand to support the "millions" of workers?

And then what about all the other restaurants that will have to lay off because everyone is now flocking to the fast-food restaurants that are suddenly booming with new employment of "millions" of people?

And where are they going to get the cows, and chicken, and fish, to make the food that "millions" of new workers are going to be serving to people?

-PJ

42 posted on 09/01/2013 9:41:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: berdie

I can remember back when we had high school kids in min wage entry level jobs pumping gasoline. Then the gas companies started installing a few self-service pumps where you got a nickle off per gallon for pumping your own gas. I laughed at the time saying that if this catches on, soon all pumps will be self-serve and the price of gas will soar higher than ever. That was no laughing matter.

Well, the gas pumping industry is gone and the kids are now flipping burgers for minimum wage. And you’re probably right. But with or without the automated flippers, the price of burgers will continue rising.

When I was a kid, I picked a lot of cotton and cut grapes. Also delivered telegrams on my bicycle. Later parked cars in a parking lot. Bused tables. Ran a dishwasher. Painted lines on parking lots. Sold tickets at a carnival.Did all kinds of odd jobs and seldom earned more than a buck eighteen per hour. Never earned more than minimum wage until after I was married and went to school to learn programming so I could support my family.

Those who wish to have a job paying enough to raise a family need to get themselves educated or learn a trade. They’re not going to make it at Mickie D’s. Well, unless they work real hard and earn a management job. Not that they pay much better.


43 posted on 09/01/2013 9:43:06 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If they got paid more, we’re going to see millions of jobs created because there are going to be consumers in the marketplace.”

That is exactly true...And the Chinese manufacturers will love this Congressperson for her support...

But after the 2nd day, no one is going to be buying 10 dollar Big Macs...

44 posted on 09/01/2013 9:43:13 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Lazamataz

I get so frustrated with the stupidity of some of these elected officials, and then have to remember, its the stupid voters who elected them. Stupid is as stupid does.


45 posted on 09/01/2013 9:43:42 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wrong. It would cost many jobs with increased automation. If you want to look to a business-savvy, compassionate approach to fast food employees — look to Chick Fil-a. Their employees are well-compensated, happy (pull them off to the side, they will tell you), and are given room for additional training and advancement. This is the sort of employee-friendly, Christian ethics business model we should see more of.


46 posted on 09/01/2013 9:46:45 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Restoration of the Republic)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why not pay them 100$ an hour and create a BILLION jobs...


47 posted on 09/01/2013 9:46:52 PM PDT by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms.....")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The nice thing about Ubama’s plan to overwhelm the system is that when he finally succeeds, people like this will be the first to be devoured.


48 posted on 09/01/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

All of this hate on the minimum wage while ignoring restaurants that pay servers $2.13 an hour seems backwards to me.


49 posted on 09/01/2013 9:48:47 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Lazamataz

By 2040, I fully expect every single McDonalds in America to be mostly automated, and to have a full-shift of three employees. You the customer will approach and enter what you want on a big-screen device, hit enter, and then pay. In three minutes, a burger bag will pop out with a couple of empty cups. The chief purpose of the three employees? Mostly to reload the burger and fry cooking devices, and the soda hook-ups.


50 posted on 09/01/2013 9:48:57 PM PDT by pepsionice
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