Obama needs to eat mor chikin

This morning I flew on a USAir flight out of Charlotte to Ft. Lauderdale and had the chance to speak with a gentleman who owns several Chick-fil-A franchises in the Charlotte area. He was coming to Ft. Lauderdale for a cruise.

I asked him about the impact of the current economic policies of Obamacare, the $15 minimum wage proposal, and other tax and regulatory policies. Without hesitation, he said he’ll have three options if this tsunami hits; reduce his staff (in other words, fire employees), pass the costs to consumers, or shut down franchises – none of those are what I would call good options for a small business franchisee.

I’m not sure why people don’t understand businesses are in business to provide a product or service people actually want and make a profit (and a living for their families) — and don’t exist simply to provide jobs.

The government doesn’t need to provide a service people actually want (i.e. Obamacare) because they can just force you to buy it. Chick-fil-A on the other hand needs to provide customers with a tasty, economical meal all the while competing with every other fast food restaurant.

If the cost of doing business goes up, the restaurant owner has to adjust for it one way or the other. Your chicken sandwich might end up costing you six or eight dollars, instead of $2.99 – or your son or daughter (or you) might lose your job completely. Fewer employees mean slower service. When the minimum wage goes up, employers look for candidates with slightly more experience or maturity who are worth the extra money, and more entry-level jobs disappear for young people. For young blacks, with unemployment around 40 percent, it’s a recipe for disaster.

We all want this economy to turn around but let’s be realistic, it is not happening, no matter how much pixie dust twinkle bell spreads. We need to get back to sound economic policies, and a trustworthy president would also help.

If you’re old enough to recall, at this point in the President Reagan economy we were experiencing approximately 7.2 percent GDP growth. Under President Obama, we’re limping along barely at 2 percent. I know, the progressive socialists are going to point to the Dow Jones Industrial average record numbers as a measure of success. But I would dare them to stop printing money to the tune of $85 billion per month, and then see what happens to the market. And Obama’s pick to run the Federal Reserve is committed to continuing the horrifically misguided monetary policy. That alone is a major indicator that our economy isn’t strong enough to stand on its own.

So instead of staying in Washington DC and working on viable solutions, President Obama is off to campaign and spread more pixie dust – make sure ya’ll put on your masks and don’t inhale.

Do you believe the $15 minimum wage is good for the struggling economy? If you’re a small business owner, we want to hear from you.

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Kamie D
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It would destroy a lot of small businesses. We cannot afford it. We can only afford top notch employees as it is. A lot of people are doing more than their job descriptions because there’s just not enough money to go around to hire more people. Not everyone is making billions of dollars and you cannot judge all businesses by McDonalds or Wal mart. It simply doesn’t work that way.

sybilll
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Kind of a rhetorical question, but is every liberal a community organizer, or work for a non-profit? I’ve yet to meet one that understood economics, and this $15 min wage takes the cake. My dad owned a small neighborhood grocery, and I can assure you he’d have closed the doors were this implemented.

Rookie 48
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I think that the minimum wage needs to go up, but $15 an hour is out of line. Its an entry level job, not a career.

SSINTENSE
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Minimum wage is irrelevant. These jobs are going to be automated soon anyway. Rather than putting resources in raising minimum wage we should be putting resources into modernizing our education system to prepare for the job market of the future. Common core education is not going to get that done.

mike twiddy
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Fast food has become a career for a lot of ppl. Whats very sad is that so has welfare.

Dale Little
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I know it could be disastrous, but it could open some eyes. I think Republicans should up the anty to $50 an hour, if for no other reason, to hear all the libs reasons as to why that would be bad.

Liz Holbrook
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In regards to the $15 wage, the only real winner in that proposal are the unions who would be raking in the dues from their new members . Business owners lose, employees lose, and the consumer loses.

lonesirvyvor
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INDICT, PROSECUTE, IMPRISON, AND DEMAND THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE TRAITORS BARAK OBAMA, NANCY PELOSI, JOE BIDEN, ERIC HOLDER, HILLARY CLINTON, AND JOHN KERRY.

linedancer2
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amen…who voted for them?????

Epat101
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unacceptable.

CountryGirl
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There is no way it would be if any good to our country! The min wage goes up. But everything else MUST raise with it. Food, fuel, housing, clothing…EVERYTHING! More jobs will be lost, inflation will go out of control. The gap between incoming finances and outgoing expenses will only become a wider chasm than it already is.

Kathy Rogers
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Another place jobs will go, when wages get high enough, is, they will get lost to automation. Remember where there were gas station attendants? I can see people punching in their own orders at fast food drive thrus and at kiosks in the restaurants

Peter Iodence
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Good point, self check out at some grocery stores goes on now without much hitch, this would not be hard to do. Oh, then if they can’t figure that out they could have somebody in Philipines or Bagladesh to figure it out for you over VOIP. Yeah great point.

Ungerm
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Yes, and it’s happening in some parts of the US now. In PA a convenience food store chain ( Wa-Wa) has already installed a system wear the customer electronically enters their order. I liked it and it worked for me. No minimum wage worker to screw up my order and it reportedly keeps the prices stable. No unemployment tax nor heath care costs for the company to pay.

sickntiredofsupportingbums
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sickntiredofsupportingbums
These jobs were meant for KIDS. First jobs, etc. NOT for someone to support a family. I worked for County Government in a Daycare and made about 15 dollars an hour WITH AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE in education. I earned that while a single parent working 2 jobs and raising 3 children with NO government assistance! You have to WORK HARD to get somewhere and make better money. This is ridiculous. What happens to professional wages? Will they also increase or did I and others like me kill ourselves for nothing. I’m sick of people putting little to no effort into… Read more »
Paul
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This article also describes how the economic bubble is inflated with nothing but air. Who is going to be the one in charge when it bursts?

mike twiddy
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Well, who was in charge when the housing bubble burst? See the liberals set these timebombs. So in the event that a republican is the successor it’ll blow up in their face. And in most cases, with their market shares, will cause it to blow up.

Victoria Peters Magaldi
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Victoria Peters Magaldi
That’s exactly what happened to Bush. Now it’s going to happen to our next president. Why don’t we let Americans know the truth? Why are we letting them think that Bush was to blame for the housing bubble? It all started under the Clinton Admin. wanting everyone, even those not ready to own a home to be able to. Sounds great on paper just not practice. Same as this crap Obamacare. Sounds great that everyone should have health insurance but just not practice or possible. Soon everybody should have cell phones. Oh wait, they [email protected]!! This is nuts. If you… Read more »
mike twiddy
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Yes Victoria, that was my point exactly. But like I said, with their market shares they have influence and obama (lil’o) is setting a lot time bombs. That’s what you tells ppl when the subject comes up. Clinton left a small timebomb in comparison to o-care.

For Freedom 16
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I agree!! If we get out and help with campaigns or donate more than ever before we might be able to get the senate back and if we keep up the pressure and UNITE in a better insurance plan (a private plan allowing across state line bid wars)and we secure our boarders we could even take back the presidency. I really can’t image 3 more years of this so lets pray some of the treasonous acts Obama has done (Fast and Furious, Benghazi, MB, come to light and the Democrats decide he’s a liability and impeach him. This is my… Read more »
mike twiddy
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My wish too. Merry Chistmas

mike twiddy
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Your a smart man Allen West. And I truly believe you write all your own stuff. Keep after it. Hopefully one day more people will be listening to your simple and logical views on a range of issues.

Lara G
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$15 as minimum wage is ridiculous, even without all of the other regulations and costs that will be hitting businesses sooner rather than later. I own a bookkeeping business and eventually hope to grow to the point where I can hire someone to do some of the more basic data entry for me. But I refuse to pay someone $15 an hour to do simple typing.

Jay Sands
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Love you Allen. My answer, as an INFORMED voter and AMERICAN, is no. We would fly down the skids of destruction 50 times faster.

Son of Liberty
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Obama is walking around with a chip on his shoulder over an offense he did not suffer and wasn’t even alive when it happened. He hates white people and America in general and the p.o.s. has had everything given to him – he’s never even had a real job, ever. Obama is the result of the American People’s irresponsibility and foolishness. For the last 50-years instead of informing yourselves, you drank beer, got fat, defrauded your insurance company when your car got broken into or your water-heater failed, and you watched football and porn, and you rolled the red carpet… Read more »
Peter Iodence
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This is just another way to weaken the economy and put more people out of work and on government subsidies. We already have to way to many people on welfare, food stamps, WIC,and many other government pacifiers. It’s just one more step in leading this country to Socialism. Barrack Obama is the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American Public since the founding of this once great nation, those are the words of Clint Eastwood, which I wholeheartedly agree. He needs to be impeached and tried for treason, along with all his czars that put him there.

Susan Maree Jeavons
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I agree 100% Peter. What I’d like to know is what will it take to get him out of there before he totally destroys America as we know it? Look what he’s gotten away with already!

mike twiddy
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Lead

Joel Stoner
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I’m against the minimum wage law completely. The market should decide what the minimum wage is. Which would be the minimum people would be willing to work for. A good example is the price of gas, it is only high because people are still willing to pay the higher rate. If people stopped buying gas for even a short period in large numbers, the price would plummet. supply and demand, when supply is high and demand is low, the price is low, when the demand is high and the supply is low, the price is high.

Brutus
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But… the market should be national, not global. We need to restrict immigration, and we need protective tariffs.

wri7913
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Gas also needs more competition. We have sources that could be used here in the US and in fact the North Dakota Oil wells are being tapped now with a new process called Fracking. It has the potential to yield more than the Middle East Oil wells. Supply / Demand isn’t going to affect oil prices when OPEC is in total control of pricing.

Public Patriot
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My small business experience was 20 + years owning and operating a coin operated laundromat. I can tell you, that if minimum wage was $15 bucks an hour, that there would have been no employees and the patrons would have paid significantly more per load in washers and received significantly less time per unit upon the dryers. The additional cost of doing business, runs the gamut from taxes through repairs and equipment costs, utilities and supplies. It would have been impossible to stay in business by raising prices to cover the costs, while striving to remain competitive and still make… Read more »
rog
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I can’t affords it when eggs and milk sky rocket the only one who benefits is nobody

linedancer2
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If we got rid of the unions we may be able to start buying American products, if this $15.00 minimum wage is voted in we will have a bunch of school drop outs making more money than an educated person…I’m a senior citizen and they would be making more money than I get in Social Security….WHICH I PAID INTO working since I was 15….!!! Most of those kids have a chip on their shoulder and a snear on their face when they serve me, it wouldn’t surprise me if they also spit on our food before it reaches us? I… Read more »
Crystal
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If it was not for the unions you would not have the environment workplace today, check out your history before you knock down the unions. WOW, quit being so negative and treat the young people with respect also, they won’t spit on your food, REALLY

pacman116
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BS. Unions served a purpose in the past. Today, most are nothing more than a giant money laundering business for liberal politicians. Your post shows your own ignorance.

AnneCameo
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Some of these old sayings, need to be remembered as they continue to be true: Power corrupts, and total power corrupts totally. Unions, as politicians – need to be held accountable for honesty.

wri7913
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Unions had their place in history in which they setup protections for workers and the workplace. Now they are simply a racketeering mob that sponges off the worker. More often than not their reckless disregard for the worker causes the company to fold completely putting those people out of business. It doesn’t hurt them because they are often so wealthy from Union Dues, they simply move onto the next suckers.

mike twiddy
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Where’s all your support honey? Your kickin a dead horse. Get informed.

Karl
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The unions have accomplished good for the American worker, though they did it through a lot of violence (check your history). They got us higher wages and benefits like health care. Now, thanks to Obama, our government is doing that for us, so what do we need the unions for, Crystal? And, besides, who are you to chastise a senior citizen who is simply frustrated with the down hill slide of the country he/she worked so hard to build? A lot of the youth today have an “I’m owed” attitude compared to what the seniors grew up with. If you… Read more »
mike twiddy
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Right on brother. This country needs abt a hundred fifty million ppl that think like that and express themselves the very same way you did.

Barb
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They certainly DO spit on food and brag about it on the internet. I also worked 21 years in a Union job that the union NEVER did one thing for me in those 21 years but cause me to get laid off with their stupid unnecessary demands!!!!!

Brutus
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But it’s not “young people” in general who do that. Avoid fast food restaurants where the diverse workforce is too vibrant. In fact, avoid diversity wherever it’s found. Safety is more important.

Chris Caron
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Unions turned into what they were protecting the worker from 25 years ago…they are concerned with getting their dues and nothing else.I have been in a union for 10 years,been laid off many times…never once have they found other work for me or even helped in any way.I have however fallen behind in dues because of being laid off and barely being able to provide the necessities to my family,and been told I can not work until I was current…How do you get caught up when you can’t work at your job when they call you back??

Geoff
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I agree my uncle is a union pipe fitter, and he hates the union. He pays his dues, and the only thing the union does for him is tells him that they are going to go on strike. My uncle has only been able to make it because he has started his own business on the side repairing cars. Unions use to have a place here in the US, but they have been corrupted. All the Unions care about nowadays is lining the union bosses pockets, and having money to donate to politicians who will give the unions more power.… Read more »
RAIDERFANXXX
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as a small business owner of a cabinet shop, this will kill me. a good cabinet maker makes $12.50 to $15.00 an hour.. if a burger flipper makes $15.00 you know my guys will want $20.00. maybe it is getting close to the time to just close my doors…

emperorwilly
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I am also the owner of a cabinet/furniture shop and if you’re only paying $12.50-$15/hr for a “good” cabinetmaker, then you are part of the problem. The skills required to be a “good” cabinet maker require years of practice and training. But then it depends on your definition of “Cabinetmaker”. If your ‘cabinet shop’ is just making little boxes covered in laminate, then you are not a “Cabinetmaker”. If you were, you would know what it takes to reach proficiency, and that it requires reasonable compensation to retain skilled labor. $20 for a good cabinetmaker (not a ‘box’ assembler) is… Read more »
RAIDERFANXXX
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it depends on where you are at.. I am in the san joaquin valley in california… where is your market?
be careful when you think you can go around calling people part of the problem when you don’t even know them..

mike twiddy
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Man, don’t quit and give up. VOTE! Teach your ppl to vote. Tell them to teach their ppl to vote and so on&on&on&on. Fight back. For your kids and grandkids. Too many ppl giving up in this country.

Susan Lacy
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I am not a small business owner, merely a worker, yet even I know a $15 minimum wage spells disaster for our economy!

dean
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If $15 is good, why not make it $20. Heck as long as its coming from Pixie Dust, make it $50.

jmw_123
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I made $13.75 on my job as a reach forklift operator in a warehouse. That meant I operated the big dog forklift that took a bit of skill to learn. We were top of the line. It’s insulting to be told some kid going to work at McDonalds after school is worth more than I am as a reach operator. Well, raise everyone else’s wages? Yes, well, what happens then? Minimum wage needs another raise. Who is running this madhouse? Minimum wage wasn’t meant to be your forever wage, people.

linedancer2
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Well aren’t you pisssss missy….unions are not in our State and we are doing great!! As far as “they wouldn’t spit on your food” you are a fool, my late husband owned a restaurant and I saw with my own eyes what the help can do when a customer makes they angry!!!! You would go in your diapers…wait a little longer and you will see the evil that is going on…you sound like you would vote for Hitler….well, he might be coming back girl….then you will eat your words…also, you need to have a little respect for your elders…you kids… Read more »
Zorbee
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The Democrats know they will lose big in the 2014 elections. They are prepping this fake issue so that when the Republicans take office and this house of cards fall down, they will blame the republicans so that another democrat will win the presidential 2016 elections.

FLCarGuy
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The problem is Obama doesn’t see McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A as “small” businesses. He thinks they are large multi-million dollar operations. The fact that there are thousands of independent franchisees is completely lost on him. As a result he doesn’t understand that his policies, regulations, and “Executive Orders” have a devastating effect the small businesses and by extension, on our communities as a whole. Running a business should be a qualification of running for President. Someone in Washington needs to understand how business and therefore the economy really works!

ILPatriot
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So true, FLCarGuy! We own fast-casual franchise. It cost us over $200K to open. Do you know how long it takes to pay back that kind of money? Once we do, we will make a decent profit, but if we have to pay our workers $15 an hour, we won’t make anything. I would love to sit down with this guy for 5 minutes and show him our Profit and Loss statement and ask where he thinks we can get the money to pay our employees $15 an hour!!! OK, it would probably take more than 5 minutes, because I’m… Read more »
Huey FE
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Minimum wage is an entry level wage. I worked minimum wage and was on many forms of government welfare (not benefits), I eventually found a factory job and kept my minimum wage job as a second job while my wife worked 2nd shift to get off of welfare. This was to provide for my daughter when she was a baby. My family is a welfare success story and it makes me sick to see the transformation from welfare to benefits (it was embarrassing to be on welfare when I was on it). I eventually enlisted, not for the money but… Read more »
alshightech
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obama is raising the m w just for the votes. he does know that millions will get laid off. america can not afford this raise as long as obama is in charge of jobs!

mike twiddy
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obama (lil’o) is not in charge of jobs. But he is in charge of regulations. And his regulations, across the board, has destroyed millions of jobs in this country. An effort to create a permanent dependency class of ppl to prop up the liberal voting base. When the millions of uninformed voters realise it, it could be too late.
AL, your being informed.

Matt Marsh
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$15? No. $10? Yes. Because if you adjust for inflation going back 30 years, the minimum wage would be around $9 an hour. The CPI does not take healthcare, education, housing, and transportation into consideration.

Jim Kaye
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Actually it would be closer to 20 as the Government lies about the inflation numbers but they sure do keep their salaries up with the real rate of inflation.

steve
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I am a small business owner with entry level jobs for a skilled trade, how am I going to compete in the plumbing industry when I have to compete with fast food offering 15 an hour for a thoughtless job, and ask for employees to break their backs in the heat and cold all year, rain or shine, in sometimes dangerous and disgusting conditions for less then what they can make throwing salt on French fries? This is perhaps the biggest disaster yet to unfold in my lifetime. I started at a fast food restaurant, there is NOTHING I did… Read more »
GrumpyCat
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Doubling the minimum wage will half the value of the dollar because everyone’s pay will ripple up until its twice what it is today. But not before mass unemployment brought about by firing those who do not produce $15 of worth per hour.

@mrhydroseed
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I am a small business owner. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting the owner of Chic- Fil-A. MR.TRUITT CATHY while I was selling tropical plants on Old National Highway just south of Atlanta. After delivering plants all day I would back up to the highway, open my rear door and display a few plants to sell to the public. Mr. Cathy pulled up and asked if I would be able to deliver about 50 large ficus trees to his property to line his driveway for a Christmas Party he was planning to host.This was back in 1989. I did… Read more »
AnneCameo
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Thank you, we need more of these types of “real life” reporting from people like you. I’m so sick and tired of the “talking points”, empty promises and propaganda coming out of our Obama/radical left administration. Mostly, because it’s not true, doesn’t work in the real world, and simply a LIE – to the detriment of U.S. citizens – who LIVE in the real world.

@mrhydroseed
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Thank you for realizing the point of my actual life experience with such a wonderful man and his wife.He happens to be a multi millionaire, but you wouldn’t know it if you met him. He has produced thousands of jobs and has given to so many charities I bet he even lost count.A True American and Godly Man. My Aunt Loretta Gunter that lives in Atlanta had her 25th Anniversary 5 years ago for Family Life Ministries and Mr Cathy was the guest speaker. Such an inspiration! I forgot to post the rest of my personal experience with this great… Read more »
CalebAtwoodMusic
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I agree completely… I got to meet his son Dan I am a Chick-fil-A Employee!
However, FYI… Mr. Truett Cathy is still alive today!
However, I do agree, he is an amazing person, that worked hard to get where he is… and if the POTUS would listen to him, he would probably learn a lot about how life, money, and running things works.

mike twiddy
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Sorry dude, but I have to disagree. A Christian with his faith knew and others still know that according to scripture the church will one day be underground. Worship in secret. He knew it would take a ideology and idiocy in powerful places to reveal, again, the truth of the scriptures. I have no doubt that Mr Cathy was good down to earth man. Thru and thru. But I don’t believe he would spent his last dime. He did what the scripture teaches. Train the child in the way they should go and when they are older they will not… Read more »
jesuslovesamerica
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What are you talking about? You will need give chapter & verse regarding your “church will one day be underground” reference …as for your “worship in secret” statement, the only secrecy Jesus ever discussed was about prayer, as opposed to praying on the street corner where everyone could see you (Mt. 6:5-6). As for faith in Christ, it is to be lived out in the open, as a light on a hill, not under a bushel (Mt. 5:14-16)

mike twiddy
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Read the book of revelations. Thats in the New Testament as well. It can be a hard read. Its been my experience that a lot Christians avoid the book of revelation. Why? I don’t know. Hard to understand? A lot of folks create a God convenient for their lives and how they wanna live it. To them, God isn’t the creator any longer. They are. Its really, I’m sad to say, the nature of the beast. That being said, just as in the Old Testament, when Saul (reborn as Paul after he was saved)-when Saul was traveling to and fro… Read more »
Persuasive
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I can see raising the minimum wage for those stuck in low wage industries only after some period of satisfactory work. Let’s say you are in a job which offers no upward mobility but demonstrate, to the employers satisfaction, an ability to work diligently and are both responsible as well as customer oriented to the benefit of the business’s bottom line earnings. After a two or three year period than a second tier minimum wage could be an option both for hard working employees and employers who are looking to retain a motivated work force to help train newly hired… Read more »
Diane Geary
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If you are not paid your worth- leave!

GrumpyCat
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Thats the same lame argument the $15/hr crowd is trying to further. If you are “stuck in a low wage industry” then that is a message to get out. Its a low wage industry because its a low skill industry. Those with low skills do not deserve premium compensation. Higher wages pay for something above what your workplace competition offers.

Persuasive
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It was a suggestion. Not for spreading the wealth around but for alleviating a condition that exists in America today. If someone is motivated to work, to be on time, to be their best, to help the business out in projecting a friendly and enjoyable environment etc. which helps establish repeat business, then overtime they should be compensated and particularly if they have a family to support. Is it “lame” for a company like Cosco which does act in this manner? Is it lame for Chic a Licious (not sure of the spelling)? Both are examples of going a bit… Read more »
Ronen
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15 Dollars An Hour !!!!! have people completely lost their minds? With all due respect I believe everyone who works hard at what they do deserve to get paid, there is no shame in flipping burgers and serving milkshakes, but come on as a veteran I know that US servicemen and women deserve more than 15 bucks an hour yet they are paid a lot less first and foremost take care of the men and women that take care of you.

Kate
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the guy knows his business, and he is right on every aspect, Obama is bad for America, he is destroying America, piece by piece , slowly chiseling away right before your eyes

GhostWriter
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Everyone wants more money but what good is it if it doesn’t buy anything?

GrumpyCat
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Stock market is up because the Fed is diluting the money supply while a share of AAPL is worth a share of AAPL no matter what a dollar is worth. And unlike gold, a share of stock stands a good chance of producing something and being worth more in the future for having produced. But now its worth more because a dollar is worth less.

Rhabdos
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NO $15 an hour is bad idea.. BUT I will say that full time might help these people including myself. $8 an hour on part time is NOT a livable wage. Even with food stamps and other financial assistance, this is not practical. If businesses want to actually sell their product, they need to 1) make it affordable, and 2) pay their employees enough to be able to be part of our celebrated “fee market”. Slave wages coupled with over valued products and services will never yield a net profit. Pushing people beyond their limit will only end in financial… Read more »
Diane Geary
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A min wage is a training wage and if a worker contributes to the well being of the organization they will receive increases and learn to make a living wage. We should not have food stamp assistance to force people to stay on minimum wage- the system is broken…work hard, be loyal to the company, help them grow a profit and business will reward you…ask any immigrant who came to this country for that very opportunity! Use facts not emotion and empathy to determine your position or you won’t need a position as the labor force will dry up.
William Fuzi
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The Democrats love to raise the minimum wage. The minimum wage is a trick you can play on children. go to any young child. Show them a nickel, and a dime. Then ask them which one they want? They will pick the nickel simply because it’s bigger. This is because they don’t understand value. The Democrats raise the minimum wage so that they can decrease the value of the dollar. Raising the minimum wage is a sign that inflation is about to skyrocket, and prices will become outrageous on everything. People don’t understand the value of their dollar. Gold isn’t… Read more »
John Davis
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Well Colonel, here’s the answer: math. Business math. Mathematics in general is so dumbed-down in the public school systems today as to be virtually useless for the student and certainly not up to any standard that would allow a person to ‘understand business’. I’m watching my graduate school level daughter struggle with calculus-and that’s amply proof of my postulate reason. If you cannot balance a simple checkbook how can you hope to understand. You can spin it any way you like with talk of providing services or product and making a living and all that but it comes down to… Read more »
Rusty catania
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There is one component that we (I) tend to forget when we discuss this issue. Have we taken a look at the budget line items of the workers and see if they can live within their means if they knew how to budget their money? Are they striving for a goal to emerge from the low pay job. It takes time to build wealth. Most Americans can build personal wealth, but it takes their entire working life to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I want all workers to be able to support themselves and have a sense of self… Read more »
Abby Sapp
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This guy reminds me of the movies I’ve seen (meaning I’m not even old enough .. and I’m old) about the criminal mob bosses coming out of Chicago. I only know of one person in Chicago for whom I carry a torch of respect. Are they STILL doing that stuff up there? Of course, now it is way easier to spread the bad news, but are we really going back to the 20’s, 30’s … like we learned nothing?

Hy Alldredge
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I think it’s quite clear that Obama and his crew want to do all they can to destroy small businesses and concentrate economic power into the hands of fewer and fewer mega corporations. They want a small, permanent, ultra wealthy ruling class with everybody else living basically as serfs. Obama may be a brainless empty suit, but his handlers are not stupid and there’s no way they’re not doing this on purpose. Anybody with half a brain and a basic understanding of economics understands that this idea is ridiculous. Unfortunately, that describes much less than half of the American population.

drtee3
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I went to Australia two years back. Their dollar was just about par with the USD at that time. The minimum wage was $12.50 per hour. McDonald’s charged about $8.00 for a Big Mac Combo of burger, fries and coke. The burger was about 60% of US Big Mac, the fries were about half of a normal order here, and the coke was about 8 ounces with no refiles. The service was very slow due to small service staff. We’d certainly all pay more in the fast food industry if the minimum wage were at $15.00 per hour and they’d… Read more »
Dennis Moss
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I some how think that, this is directly connected to Obamacare and the 2014 Mid-Term Elections, just like Amnesty is. If young People have more money, maybe they will actually purchases this Government Health Care. $15 per hour might buy the Democrats their Seats in The House and Senate. Amnesty is an old tactic. The Democrats used something similar in 1964. The Voting or Equal Rights Amendment was signed by President Lyndon Johnson who said it would have the Blacks Voting Democrat for two hundred years. Force feeding them Kool-Aid has helped keep that in place though. We see them… Read more »
LdinNevada
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Someone should compel Obama to watch Milton Friedman explaining (many years ago) to Charlie Rose how terrible minimum wage laws are and how much damage is done to job opportunities for young and unskilled people, especially minorities.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca8Z__o52sk

Jason Smith
Guest

If they raise the minimum wage to $15, I am going to get a fast food job. It will be a lot less heavy work than my last job ($9 an hour working stock in a furniture store). At 53 years old, I bet I will get the job too……….

David Bange
Guest

At $15.00 an hour for “Food Service Workers”, you’ll lose even your present job, because so many people will lose their jobs that they will not have the money to buy the furniture your currently moving around!

Those who do not lose their jobs will have to spend so much more for their food, that they also will not have money left to buy the “furniture you move”.

tjtes
Guest

Personally, my business is not fast food or restaurant it is auto repairs & service so the minimum wage is not really an issue but I would consider it DISASTEROUS for those in that industry. Don’t people realize, when you try to legislate with affection, the law will ultimately harm instead of help and it will ALWAYS cost and cost dearly!

Sunnydaze
Guest

Ummm you do understand don’t you that they’re not just talking about the food industry that will get an increase to $15 an hour? Do you have any minimum wage employees? They get an increase. Do you have skilled mechanics that are earning $15 an hour now? Do you think they won’t demand an increase if those unskilled jobs get more? You might want to think about how much this will REALLY affect you.

Jim Limberakis
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I am a small business owner and employ around eighteen high school and college students. Front staff start at nine dollars an hour and prep cooks at ten dollars an hour. All employees receive a paid thirty minute break,free food from the menu,and their families eat for half price. Each season an employee returns they receive a raise to start the season. I also give them a bonus at the end of the season. If the minimum wage increase goes through I will be forced to reduce staff or hire outside the country to save on costs like unemployment insurance… Read more »
Metalmoto
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I always laugh when I hear these people that want minimum wage jacked up. They say, “Why can’t McDonald’s or Burger King (pick your fast food company) pay their employees more? They make billions every year and line their pockets” Really? Do they now? Shows their ignorance. The restaurants aren’t run and owned by the big corporate millionaires or billionaires. They are all small business franchises owned and run by small business owners that many times, run on a shoestring budget. If the restaurant can’t afford to operate anymore because of inflated cost of operation, they close and people lose… Read more »
AnneCameo
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I hate to generalize; but these Libs that simply think “everyone should have everything they want” without working for it, deserving it, but simply someone else just needs to give it to them? It’s ignorant – not the way the world WORKS. Ex: “I don’t make enough money.” So, instead of getting a better education, more training, being a better employee to be able to earn a higher wage; due to MY failure, my responsibility = SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS TO TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY, do the work, compromise, share what they have earned. Back in the 70’s, did anyone think they… Read more »
Metalmoto
Guest

Amen sister!