The Conservative Way or the Highway

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A Cheeseburger, Fries, Milkshake and a Side of Civil Disobedience, Please…

No one ever brings up questions like: Where do these people come from? Why aren’t they working? And how is it, in the story, where it says; In the meantime, actions by labor organizers are likely to continue, with the SEIU pouring millions of dollars into the effort, they aren’t just giving those protesters that money? If they have millions to blow, and they are blowing it, then why don’t these ignorant protesters realize, that if, just if, they succeed in strong arming companies to pay higher wages and unionize, that they themselves will have to pay, OUT OF THEIR POCKETS, these same unions, union dues? They also fail to realize that if they succeed, those same companies will just simply cut back employees (lay offs) and cut hours to everyone left, essentially putting them right back where they are now.
These jobs are meant for high school and college kids as extra income, they always have been. These are not typical career jobs. They are called stepping stone jobs…meaning, you are supposed to educate yourselves and move on…to a better job, career and NORMAL do.

Battling Higher Minimum Wages: McDonald’s Just Bought Touch Screen Cashier Kiosks for Its 7,000 European Locations

As government intervention via minimum wage laws and other labor regulations make it more expensive to higher low skilled employees, more and more employers are turning to automation. Automation may occur in some cases even if there weren’t the government regulatory restrictions, and that is not a bad thing, but the restrictions expand the number of positions where automation makes sense and results in higher unemployment of the low skilled.

McDonald’s appears to be the latest to be testing out advanced automation.

In Europe, McDonald’s is  partly replacing cashiers at its 7,000 fast-food restaurants in the region with touchscreen terminals and swipe cards, reports FT.

MCD is careful to portray the move as not hurting jobs, but that is exactly what is going. MCD is growing rapidly in Europe, so it will require some employees at  new locations and thus the job losses will be somewhat hidden, but job losses are exactly what will occur as a result of the kiosks that are at least in part the result of minimum wage laws.

Panera Bread Will Replace Cashiers With Robots By 2016

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A financial analyst thinks Americans will see more automation in fast-food restaurants in 2014.

Dan Celia of Financial Issues says fast-food restaurants and companies will move more towards automation amid the continued push for higher wages and a higher minimum wage. “You’re going to be tapping a screen to place your order. You can almost count on it,” he predicts. “Why? Because they’re going to continue to prepare for this debate over minimum wage.


“We’re going to see fewer people, yes maybe making more money if they’re minimum-wage employees - but you’re going to see [fewer and fewer] people working,” Celia explains. “I don’t know how that’s good for the economy. I don’t know how that’s good for anything.”

The transition from cashiers to touch-screen monitors would not be unheard of today. An August 2013 article in Hot Air pointed out that McDonald’s was drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks in Europe to handle cashiering duties. Although the move was reportedly designed to boost efficiency and make ordering more convenient for customers, Hot Air did say that automation becomes a viable option when the job it would replace becomes too expensive to the employer when using traditional means.

Fast-food workers in the U.S. went on strike at different times last year and in different cities, many of them demanding a “living wage” of $15 an hour. The average for that industry is around $9 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Legislation currently being considered in Congress seeks to raise the federal minimum wage to just over $10 an hour and tie it to inflation. Several states already tie their minimum wage to inflation, and many of those states saw their minimum wage increase at the start of the new year. A few state governments approved increases in their minimum wage.

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High School Student Uncovered Something ‘Appalling’ When He Tried to Access NRA and Conservative Websites - The Political Insider

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U.S. Fee to Drop Citizenship Is Raised Fivefold


Sick of the USA ? Looking to become an expatriate and enjoy the low tax rate of Costa Rica or Belarus? Yeah, that’ll be $2,350, or five times what it used to be. In other words, they do their best to make it intolerable to live here, and then charge you thousands when you try to leave. Death and taxes. Death. And. Taxes. (H/T: AoSHQ)

The fee for individuals to renounce U.S. citizenship is jumping to $2,350 as of Sept. 12—more than five times the current charge of $450.

The U.S. State Department, in its explanation for the increase, said that documenting a renunciation is “extremely costly” and requires a minimum of two intensive interviews with the applicant as well as other procedures.

The fees charged for a number of other services, such as “fiance(e) visas” and employment-based visa applications,  increased far less than those for renunciation and in some cases declined.

The large increase in the renunciation fee comes at a time when record numbers of Americans living abroad are cutting ties with the U.S. Last year, 2,999 U.S. citizens and green-card holders renounced their allegiance to the U.S., a record number, and renunciations in 2014 are on track to exceed that. The State Department estimates that 7.6 million Americans live abroad.

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Popular UK Muslim: “If Britain follows the United Snakes of America in their attack against the Islamic State, the U.K. will become a very unsafe place.” - Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs