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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    And that is why Henry Ford priced the Model T so that his employees could afford one.
    Or paid his employees enough so that they could buy one.
    Same difference.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    Henry Ford paid enough wages so his workers could afford a buy one of the cars they built. WalMart pays enough so its workers are eligible for food stamps. Guess who pays for the food stamps?

  3. Habenero Hound

    Habenero Hound said, over 2 years ago

    Stop buying foreign made goods. If enough of us demand US made products it will create an incentive for businesses to keep their operations here and hire American workers. We also need to stop the never ending flow of illegal unskilled workers so the value of labor increases. The law of supply and demand works for labor as much as anything else. Wages will rise to reflect that. I know, all of that is easier said than done. Just throwing ideas out there.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Habenero Hound

    I agree with your first and second sentences wholeheartedly. I always look at the country of manufacture and try to choose American made products. It really helps control impulse purchases if you refuse to purchase foreign made goods on impulse.

    I’d amend your next couple of sentences to severely punishing companies who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The laws of supply and demand suggest the supply of illegal immigrant labor will dry up soon after the demand for it ends.

    That said, I think this is more about the retail, fast food, and service industries. Country of manufacture and illegal immigration aren’t really factors in McDonald’s, Walmart, their competitors, gas stations, et cetera from paying such a low wage.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    14 years ago, I used to work part time at a local convenience store as a favor to the manager. The company offered the lowest starting wage of all the gas stations in town. Because of that, she had a hard time keeping quality employees. Employees would work for about six months to get some experience, then quit to work for a competitor. The company finally told the manager they’d raise the starting wage if she could show that two competing stores paid a higher wage. When she provided the required information, they reneged on the agreement because they didn’t want to pay that much. The cycle continued where the good employees left for to work for competitors. Shrinkage remained high, and in-store sales remained fairly low considering the prime location. The manager eventually quit in disgust and the store closed a couple of years later.

  6. D Lee

    D Lee GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Henry Ford was visiting a factory where they made shoes. They had created an assembly line that was completely automated. The owner was so proud of his accomplishment, no need for labor at all, until Ford asked him " Yes this is all very nice, but how many shoes do those machines consume in a year?"

  7. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I guess the issue is would you rather up the minimum wage and have businesses pay for it or would you rather pay more for food stamps and welfare and share it with all those who pay tax. I guess the third alternative is to let people starve, die in the streets and create slums around garbage dumps like they do in much of the third world.

  8. Habenero Hound

    Habenero Hound said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, easier said than done indeed. I acknowledge that. There are many things that simply aren’t available in a “Made in the USA” version. Today. That could change if US consumers flat out refused to buy anything else. Walmart (or your evil company of choice) could fill their shelves with all the cheap Chinese products they wanted to. If no one buys the stuff they’ll go the way of Jase99’s convenience store. The hurdle is convincing the consumer that paying an extra few bucks for things will result in long term economic gain. Tough sell.

  9. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Maybe the government could remove some of the (the estimates vary a bit here) between $2,500 and $12,000 cost of regulations on automobiles to make them more affordable…

  10. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind

    Close but no cigar.
    Minimum wage is a cheap issue for Democrats, something they say to appeal to the ignorant masses without having to do actual work.
    To improve things for the poorest, the middle class needs to be shored up. They are the ones that would buy the new cars, fashion, computers etc which would increase demand for lower skill workers and driving up their wages.
    Unfortunately it appears the middle class is the enemy of this administration since it has been at war with them since Shrub left office.

  11. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 2 years ago

    Cheap Labor conservatives [simplification: 90% of them] are nothing new. I remember many of my friends worked for the Spudnuts shop, which had a policy of giving an automatic raise after a 90-day probation period. In practice, this meant they would fire them on the 89th day, so there was a bit of turnover.

  12. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 2 years ago

    Every single time there is a discussion about raising the minimum wage there are whines and cries about how it will lead to lay offs, etc. I heard it when I was making $1.25 an hour and the m.w. was raised to $1.60, and I’m hearing it now. Same crap every time. When people that have jobs still need assistance there are major problems. Raise the wage today. Right now!

  13. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago


    Maybe we should get government to reduce the cost of regulations by removing those that are excessive, unnecessary, overreaching, and idiotic so that the price of goods and services will go down and people can afford them with the money they now make.

  14. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    No, they don’t always do that. Many are excessive or unnecessary. Let me give you an example. The EPA changed the level of allowable arsenic in drinking water from 50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 parts per billion.
    The only reason they did that was because test equipment had improved where it could actually measure 10 ppb accurately.
    The 50 ppb level was perfectly safe and not a health issue.
    But, because of this rule many water systems using ground water had to buy and install millions of dollars in test equipment and filration systems to comply with this rule. People serviced by these systems saw the cost of their water triple or more.
    How is a rule that makes you no safer or healthier but costs you significantly more good?
    That is one of literally thousands of regulations that are overreaching, unnecessary, cost ineffective, redundant, or otherwise useless that the government has made.

  15. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    If the company had allowed the manager to pay a higher starting wage, she would have likely been able to attract quality employees who had experience. Instead, she became the trainer for stores that paid more. Additionally, she would have been better able to retain the good employees, which would have enabled her to eliminate the bad employees.

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