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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months 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, 8 months 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, 8 months 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 said, 8 months 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 said, 8 months 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. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    The used car market is slowly coming back after my cash for your clunker money sink hole. But is it not part of the problem that those who would make min. wage should not be worried about such things as the latest fashion or computers or obamaphones. Obama trickle up poverty by selling a min. wage mentality is just pathetic. Hey I know, let us just make sure people have money to buy stuff. That will make jobs by making employers pay more for less labor. And you will get the bottom of the barrel to boot. And those that could not get a min. wage job now are sure to join the record number who drop out and we will not have to count them on the U6 numbers. “It is only common sense”

  7. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @NebulousRikulau

    And that is why Henry Ford priced the Model T so that his employees could afford one."
    He also made sure that they were worth the money of investment by perfecting the assembly line. People became cogs. He became rich by cutting every corner he could. The wooden boxes that parts came in became floor boards. Visit a junkyard and see that every junk car has good handles, cut the quality of handles. And the people worked many many hours and were paid what they were worth. No need for mommy government to step in. Just the Union mentality that you are doing min. brain work you should not have to do it more then 40 hours a week. Why? because Ford turned you into a cog and 40 is about how much a cog should be pushed.

  8. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @Jase99

    Thus showing that the pay was not the problem. She was able to get people. But retaining them was the problem. STARTING at a very low wage is one thing. But demanding that you the employer start the pay at a higher rate would not solve that problem. You want quality employee’s? Pay the ones that do the work. But that becomes harder to do the higher you raise the min. you have to hire someone off the street with out any experience.

  9. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months 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?"

  10. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months 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.

  11. Habenero Hound

    Habenero Hound said, 8 months ago

    @Nantucket19

    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.

  12. Enoki

    Enoki said, 8 months 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…

  13. echoraven

    echoraven said, 8 months 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.

  14. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Want to buy U.S. made products but are having trouble finding what you are looking for?
    Try here for a start…
    http://www.americansworking.com/

  15. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    No, the pay was the problem, and Jase demonstrated that. You are partially correct in that the STARTING pay was the problem. But that was the starting pay, it was obvious that the pay remained low and the employees who actually did the work were not paid any higher, or at least not as high as their competitors. "
    That is what I said. Pay not important, paying employees for the work they do is what is important. You want to keep a low wage “hi welcome to big mart” well you will only pay him min. wage. You want someone to wash your dishes, pay them min. wage. Raising that will not get that job any more money. It will get that person fired and no need to move him up. just replace with someone who has already mastered that along with the other duties. They earned the pay they might as well do the grunt work also.

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