By Tom Quiner
People should be paid on the basis of need rather than merit.
Skills should be irrelevant to wages goes the liberal way of thinking. Even more, labor unions believe wages should be determined by longevity rather than ability. As liberals and unions use their political clout to artificially raise labor costs, something has to give.
What is that something? Jobs.
Business Insider writes:
“Many people fear a jobless future — and their anxiety is not unwarranted: Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm, predicts that one-third of jobs will be replaced by software, robots, and smart machines by 2025.”
When employers are coerced to pay wages they can’t afford, or that exceeds productivity gains that are normally associated with higher wages, they will inevitably look to automation.
We see the artificial wage issue at work in the fast food industry that employs an army of teenagers, many of whom are in their first job.
Despite these entry level fast-food jobs, teenage unemployment is high.
But the unemployment rate for minority teenagers is out of sight, fluctuating from the 30s to the 40 percent rate, and higher.
Minimum wage hikes are especially hard on low skilled, entry-level workers. Now liberals are screaming for a $15 minimum wage.
When Big Government forces private businesses to pay workers more than their skills are worth, workers either lose their jobs or new jobs are not created. In some cases, machines replace people. That is exactly what McDonald’s is exploring, as you can see in the photo above.
The minimum wage is a heartless job killer for minority kids trying to get a foothold in the labor force.
You may be next.
As liberals dictate wages, machines will swoop in and begin replacing human beings who have been priced out of their jobs by liberal elites who know what is best for you.