Yesterday Townhall.com published a column by yours truly that, by all accounts, was well received by Townhall readers. The topic was the leftist attack on McDonalds over minimum wage issues. You can read that column here.
Usually I take a hike for a while after submitting column to Townhall. Too much of my insensitivity can cause emotional problems among proggies, and I am, after all, a compassionate man. Besides, I don’t want to wear out my welcome here.
Well, here we are .. the day after .. and I just have to chime in with more on this McDonald’s minimum wage issue. Why? Because the Huffington Post published an opinion piece yesterday that was so void of intellectual discipline that one might have thought it was written by a gerbil scampering across a keyboard. The reality, though, is worse. The piece was actually written by an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas .. you know, one of those brilliant young know-it-alls who are ready to run the world just two years after moving out of their mommy’s house.
So … what has me so exercised this time? Yesterday it was a woman with a baby demanding that McDonald’s pay her not what she was actually worth to her employer, but what she believes she needs to properly raise her spawn … a child she cannot afford.
This time it’s the learned opinion of the UK undergrad who believes that McDonald’s can double the income of every employee – including the CEO – by raising the price of the Big Mac from $3.99 to $4.67. Yup! You got it! Just increase all prices of McDonald’s products by 17% across the board and you can double everyone’s salary!
The shockwaves from this amazing piece of economic Bolshoi were immediate! Across the country CEOs were stunned by the sudden realization that all they had to do to double the salary of every employee was to simply raise the price of whatever services or products they sold! Golly! It’s all so simple! Why hadn’t anyone thought of this before?
Well maybe the reason that nobody has thought of this before is because most multi-billion dollar businesses aren’t run by college undergraduates who wouldn’t know a good business idea from a Che Guevara poster.
Maybe we have some college undergrads reading this right now who are wondering why I’m slamming this idea. Who knows? Maybe the editors of The Huffington Post are wondering where they went wrong publishing this drivel. How, after all, could anybody be against such a brilliant idea that will double the wages of the poor, poor, pitiful poor?