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Infowars Regarding Occupy McDonald's wage increase demand
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:25:34 pm »

Occupy McDonald's Wage Demand

Recently the headlines have been filled with demands from fast food employees for wage increases. In loose affiliation with the Occupy Movement, these employees have demanded wage increases nearly double their current wages.

As an adherent to Natural Law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, this writer supports their right to request/demand such an increase. Yet, as an adherent to free markets, this writer’s initial impression was that this segment of the free market cannot sustain a doubling in the wages of fast food employees, such as demanded by McDonald’s workers and the Occupy Moment. And from this perspective this writer was on the verge of dismissing this exercise in free market forces as a moot point.

The Usual Suspects

However, upon deeper reflection this writer has developed a new perspective on these wage demand developments. To facilitate his point, this writer has delayed writing this analysis article to allow major media to trot out the status quo usual suspects: Evil, duplicitous business vs. the naïve, downtrodden labor force. In trotting out the usual suspects, major media helps sustain and reinforce the status quo. Said status quo being the false left/right 2 major political party paradigm. And now, with major media committed to its storyline, this writer will reveal the truth the 2 major parties and major media tries so hard to hide and bury.

As this writer’s regular readers are aware, this writer often assesses issues from original perspectives, refusing to be locked into the false left/right political paradigm and traditional 2 major political party dogma. This is one of those articles that will shatter most American’s false left/right perception of reality. In so doing, it is this writer’s hope that this allows WE THE PEOPLE to further advance our peaceful revolution to restore Natural Law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and retake our country while restoring true free markets and fundamental economic fairness.

What is fair?

Can we agree that in this, the greatest nation in earth, our policies should be reflect an intention that all hard working, dependable, rank and file Americans who work for hourly wages generally should not see an erosion in their standard of living. (Unless of course, non machinated market forces are the cause. For instance, industries in decline. As examples, buggy whip makers and, more recently, traditional photography processors.) This writer takes the position that the demand for the products of the fast food industry is not in decline.

With that premise, let us assess the Purchasing power of the dollar verses wage increases for fast food workers from 2002 to 2012.

From 2002 to 2012 the purchasing power of the US Dollar decreased 27.6 percent. (

Establishing the amount of wage increases for McDonalds workers during this same period of time is not as easily done. (Much thanks to the Monticello, MN Public Library) First, the Bureau of Labor Statistics resists giving up these numbers. To be sure, they point to some complicated tables that would take weeks to find the data within, and then make the calculations to arrive at these numbers for some occupations. But, as near as this writer can tell, they do not specifically track the fast food industry in terms of labor. The nearest this writer could come was Mean Annual Wages for fast food cooks from 2002 to 2012. (However, this writer believes that the increase in fast food cook wages will roughly approximate the wage increases for all fast food hourly laborers)

In 2002 the mean annual wage for fast food cooks was $14,930.00

In 2012 the mean annual wage for fast food cooks was $18,780.00

This was an increase of 25.79 percent

These numbers represent a decrease in purchasing power for fast food cooks of 1.81 percent (Almost 2%) over 10 years. When individuals are already at or near subsistence level, 2% isn’t giving up your annual travel vacation. At these wage levels 2% is giving up, for example, a gallon of milk each week that your children should have.

Clearly, the standard of living for America’s fast food cooks has declined by almost by 2% in the 10 years from 2002 to 2012. Clearly, wages did not increase enough for employees to maintain their standard of living. The question is whether or not this decrease in purchasing power was the result of non-machinated free market forces or the result of the amoral, unethical and/or unlawful machinations?

Now it would be easy to jump into that false left/right 2 party dogma paradigm and declare US business (for our purposes McDonald’s) the bad guys and McDonald’s employees as the victims, and proceed to vote in the next election accordingly. But is McDonald’s really the consummate bad guy in this free market play?

While this writer is not going to try to place the mantle of Sainthood upon the founder’s, owners, managers and shareholder’s of McDonald’s neither does this writer believe these just identified folks bear the majority of the responsibility for the declining standard of living of McDonald’s hourly wage employees.

Let us begin with this empirical observation and fundamental premise:

All Value Comes From Labor!

If the hole isn’t dug, the bricks aren’t laid, the plumbing isn’t plumbed, the wiring isn’t installed, the wheat is not sown, the cows are not fed, the product is not delivered, the burgers are not fried, and the fries are not salted; the founders, owners and shareholders of McDonald’s have nothing and get nothing. It is that simple. All value comes from labor.

In our society, the US dollar is the form and measure of value. And McDonald’s founders, owners & shareholders use the value they receive in the form of dollars to pay their employees, pay their vendors, pay their taxes and what is left over is theirs to keep.

In a true free market system, the founders, owners, shareholders and investors in McDonald’s are entitled to their profit. Why? Because they hazarded the risk of beginning the business, they are entitled to the reward. While McDonald’s is now clearly profitable, when first founded it could have just as likely failed as succeeded. Before the age of dubious bank bailouts, in the event of financial failure the founder’s of McDonalds (any business) would have lost their investment in time and money, period.

The reward of profit is the incentive for entrepreneurs to take risks. And those that hazard the risk are entitled to the rewards of success. [For those of you who refuse to free yourselves from the false left/right 2 party dogma and believe the founders of McDonalds are not entitled to their profit this writer puts the following to you… “How happy would you be if you did not have a job because the founder’s of McDonalds never hazarded the risk of starting the McDonald’s franchise?”]

Taking Value from Labor

Before we go further, this writer asks you McDonald’s employees and/or other fast food employees to pull out your last paycheck (electronic payment statement) and take a look at it. Look at the gross amount and look at the actual amount of your check.

You employer is not stealing the difference from your gross and net paycheck from you. Your employer is being forced into the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Your employer is being forced to be a tax collector. In this manner, your government diverts the scorn from taking value your labor produced from government to your employer. Nevertheless your government still gets to take some of the value your labor produced.

Your government knows that if you were forced to write an actual check to the government, you would be far more scrutinizing of where that money went and resentful of the elected officials who took that value from you. And now you have a basic understanding of the types of smoke and mirrors your government uses to take from you a portion of the value your labor produces.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Did you know that when this country was founded, far fewer sources of income were considered income for the purposes of taxation? At the founding of this country, in most instances your wages that you receive for your labors at McDonald's would not have been considered taxable by the Federal government.

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

This article is going to show you how people who produce little and/or no value somehow have taken value from all of us who produce value through our labor.

Privately owned Federal Reserve System Bank

    "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Our current central bank was established by the Federal Reserve System act of 1913 under Progressive President Woodrow Wilson. The stated purpose for authorizing the current iteration of the central bank known as the Federal Reserve System was to stabilize our economy and monetary system.

How have they done? Stock Market Crash 1929, Great Depression of the 1930s, Stagflation of the 1970s, Real Estate and Stock Market Crash of 2008, 2nd Great Depression of 2008 to 2013 and continuing and growing rolls of persons on food stamps, etc. This writer’s assessment is that the FED has sucked at achieving its goal of stabilizing the US economy and monetary system. Even as you read this, Russia and China are pushing proposals to replace the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency because the FED has so badly mismanaged it. (You need to ask someone else how bad the replacement of the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency would affect your Standard of Living – It would take too long and distract from the thrust of this article)

$25 billion per year

Quantitative Easing for Dummies

Now, for this extremely poor alleged attempt by the FED to stabilize the US economy and monetary system, WE THE PEOPLE pay the private owners of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank $25 Billion per year as a return on their initial capitalization of the bank in 1913. (Take a moment to pause and think about that $25 billion dollars per year that you pay the FED. Between Congress, the President, the VP, the Supreme Court and the Cabinet about 540 people run the USA. The FED can afford to give each of them a $1 million per year and still have more than $24.4 billion per year left over. Do you think the FED has the power to corrupt the USA political system? Do you think our Congress acts in the best interest of WE THE PEOPLE or the FED?)

And the private owners (and their operatives) of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank will shoot back,,...

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Those were my thoughts.

In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps another helpful exercise would be to ponder why you have not heard about this in your local paper or in the major media. [You may find articles about issues from this writer's local area posted in your area and wonder why. The reason is this: Remember those travel junkets taxpayers pay for (the ones the bureaucrats skip to go to the beach or the casino) but allegedly used for training? Well some government apparatchiks actually attend those training seminars. And learn nationally en-mass techniques to "manage" WE THE PEOPLE. Since they all receive similar training in oppression, it is likely the problems you are experiencing with government in your area are similar to the problems in your area (unless you live outside the USA). With that commonality in mind, it is this writer's intent that insight garnered from this writer articles about his local issues can be used by the reader to understand and applied to their local issues.]

Please join with me in mutually pledging to each other and our fellow citizens our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to our mutual endeavors of restoring liberty and economic opportunity to WE THE PEOPLE as our Founding Fathers envisioned and intended. [Last Paragraph, Declaration of Independence ]

This article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense”

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

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Re: Infowars Regarding Occupy McDonald's wage increase demand
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013, 10:23:50 pm »
Welcome "this writer" DonMashak!

Excellent article. Please allow me to expand by demonstrating at least a part of the underlying philosphy to which you refer.

“When you work in a modern factory, you are paid, not only for your labor, but for all the productive genius which has made that factory possible: for the work of the industrialist who built it, for the work of the investor who saved the money to risk on the untried and the new, for the work of the engineer who designed the machines of which you are pushing the levers, for the work of the inventor who created the product which you spend your time on making, for the work of the scientist who discovered the laws that went into the making of that product, for the work of the philosopher who taught men how to think and whom your spend your time denouncing.

“The machine, the frozen form of a living intelligence, is the power that expands the potential of your life by raising the productivity of your time. If you worked as a blacksmith in the mystics’ Middle Ages, the whole of your earning capacity would consist of an iron bar produced by your hands in days and days of effort. How many tons of rail do you produce per day if you work for Hank Rearden? Would you dare to claim that the size of your pay cheek was created solely by your physical labor and that those rails were the product of your muscles? The standard of living of that blacksmith is all that your muscles are worth; the rest is a gift from Hank Rearden.
“Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but it’s only the degree to which he thinks that determines the degree to which he’ll rise. Physical labor as such can extend no further than the range of the moment. The man who does no more than physical labor, consumes the material value-equivalent of his own contribution to the process of production, and leaves no further value, neither for himself nor others. But the man who produces an idea in any field of rational endeavor-the man who discovers new knowledge-is the permanent benefactor of humanity. Material products can’t be shared, they belong to some ultimate consumer; it Is only the value of an idea that can be shared with unlimited numbers of men, making all sharers richer at no one’s sacrifice or loss, raising the productive capacity of whatever labor they perform. It is the value of his own time that the strong of the intellect transfers to the weak, letting them work on the jobs he discovered, while devoting his time to further discoveries. This is mutual trade to mutual advantage; the interests of the mind are one, no matter what the degree of intelligence, among men who desire to work and don’t seek or expect the unearned.

“In proportion to the mental energy he spent, the man who creates a new invention receives but a small percentage of his value in terms of material payment, no matter what fortune he makes, no matter what millions he earns. But the man who works as a janitor in the factory producing that invention, receives an enormous payment in proportion to the mental effort that his job requires of him. And the same is true of all men between, on all levels of ambition and ability. The man at the top of the intellectual pyramid contributes the most to all those below him, but gets nothing except his material payment, receiving no intellectual bonus from others to add to the value of his time. The man at the bottom who, left to himself, would starve in his hopeless ineptitude, contributes nothing to those above him, but receives the bonus of all of their brains. Such is the nature of the ‘competition’ between the strong and the weak of the intellect. Such is the pattern of ‘exploitation’ for which you have damned the strong.
Reality is real, existence exists.