Fmr. McDonald’s USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour – says we’ll see job losses like we’ve never seen

And the robots will only get better and cheaper.

Again we ask how it is that the SEIU and the other unions agitatiting for a radically higher minimum wage don’t understand that they are putting people out of work?

My bet actually is that they do understand that there will be big job losses but that they figure in the short term in states like California and New York there is hay to be made and perhaps new union dues to extract.

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Unions, trial lawyers, government agencies, enviros, engage in crony capitalism too

Yesterday we covered an article in Newsweek where the author took issue with much of what he believed (and is) the hypocritical nature of some of the Republican candidates for president on the issue of crony capitalism. Marco Rubio and his embrace of sugar subsidies, an issue for which this website has taken him to task, was the prime example.

But the Newsweek piece was a clearly partisan one.

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Supreme Court may limit ability of public unions to forcibly take money from ‘members’

This would be a positive for the country. (Though some will of course wail.) Unions shouldn’t be able to just take money out of people’s paychecks just because a particular union says that it represents a particular worker. That’s crazy.

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When allowed to leave the union many public sector workers do (People don’t like unions taking dues from them with every paycheck. Shock!)

I have often said that if private unions do not act in a crony way, they are perfectly legitimate. If a group of people want to come together to collectively bargain and sell their labor in bulk I think this can be OK. A contract can create a sense of stability for both management and workers. But the only moral way to do this is without coercive action from government. Unfortunately unions seem never to stray far from their crony friends in government.

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Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants

Could? It absolutely willas we have said many times in this space. Good to see The Washington Post coming around.

Fast food jobs are entry level jobs. They are not meant to sustain families. And the harsh reality is that the work does not demand $15 an hour. One can not just use the magic wand of government and make it so. If we raise the minimum wage,

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Do big unions buy politicians? (Video)

Credit: California Review

You better believe it.

Below is an excellent explanation of how public employee unions perpetuate the expansion of government and by extension legal theft from taxpayers.

I have found that the most vehement defenders of government waste, high taxes, and the red tape which strangles the productive part of the economy – the private sector – are government workers. They have a good deal going and they don’t want taxpayers to get hip to their deal.

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Business vs “the people” in Chicago mayoral race? No, one crony group versus another

Former Obama chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel is in the fight of his political life right now. Unable to garner more than 50% of the votes in last month’s mayoral election Mr. Emanuel now finds himself duking it out in a runoff with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Rahm is still favored, but Garcia is giving it a real run.

The race has been characterized as a battle between different wings within the Democratic Party.

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More Left-fascism: Undercover journalist who brought down ACORN accosted (Video)

Let’s hope that this was just some random jerk. Let’s hope it wasn’t some union guy who knew exactly what he was doing, or was told to try to intimidate James O’Keefe by someone else.

That the recorded nut made reference to how happy he was that Andrew Breitbart was dead and how he would like to dance on Breitbart’s grave could be construed as a threat.

I sure hope it wasn’t a threat.

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Letting the cat out of the bag on the role of public employee unions

Some people get on us for pointing out that public employee unions are kind of a JV crony team which costs the taxpayers of this country billions each year. Invariably the people who benefit form unionized government work howl and insist that they are in fact the “good guys.” They are just trying to do their job and to be paid adequately for it. And oh, by the way, don’t touch their pension. We should focus our attention on the evil corporate America.

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You want $14.00/hour for unskilled work? OK, please meet your replacement. (Picture)

The SEIU and other unions want very much to turn fast food workers into a unionized force. The Dems want desperately to turn fast food workers into unionized voters. The “minimum wage debate” centers around giving unsophisticated potential voters something to motivate them to the voting booth.

The problem is an increase in the minimum wage will only hasten the destruction of low skill jobs.

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