Tony Katz

Fast food workers are planning a strike to force employers to pay them $15 per hour. This Thursday, in over 100 cities across the nation, Big Labor is coordinating with "grassroots" activists to pressure these employers to pay a "living wage." From all the press, you'd think the push toward higher wages was something noble. But, this is Big Labor. And no one will bully, threaten or intimidate to steal your hard earned money more than Big Labor.

The group Fast Food Forward, one of the organizations in sync with Big Labor to shame fast food restaurants into extinction, states their purpose:

In America, people who work hard should be able to afford basic necessities like groceries, rent, childcare and transportation. While fast food corporations reap the benefits of record profits, workers are barely getting by — many are forced to be on public assistance despite having a job. Raising pay for fast food workers will benefit workers and strengthen the overall economy.

It's not the workers that Big Labor wants to benefit. It's Big Labor that Big Labor wants to benefit.

The idea of a living wage is a fantasy. It's a myth. Like the Chupacabra, or a working website or that Lindsay Lohan is an actress. It's based on an idea that a certain amount of money, per hour, will make everything better. In this case, the elitists decided on $15 per hour.

Why? How is $15 per hour before taxes a living wage? Based on what? How much the elitists and Big Labor think you should earn? Why not $20 and hour? $50? Do I hear $100?

It's at this moment the Progessives and power merchants say things like, "Oh, come on!" and "Get serious, will you?" But I'm as serious as they are. (Actually, they're not serious. They're dangerous, but they're not serious.)

A living wage can't be quantified. It's based on the person and the needs/wants/desires of the person. The healthy person requires less money than the person with specific health conditions. The person who lives in Los Angeles needs more for rent than the person who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The mother who has two children needs more than the single person.

Tony Katz

Tony Katz is a radio talk show host, writer, public speaker and cigar enthusiast. His show can be heard on 93.1FM WIBC in Indianapolis, and at