How many Democrats does it take to fix a burned-out lightbulb? Gotcha. That was a trick question. Democrats can’t even fix a sandwich. In Long Beach, California, the city officials voted to force grocery stores to give all of their employees an additional four dollars an hour pay raise.
It’s constitutionally suspect but will that four dollar an hour increase help them? Apparently not as Kroger’s, the leading grocery chain in the United States is closing both of its stores.
First of all, the Ralphs stores are union shops, and their pay is decided in negotiations by the store and the union representing the employees. In the second place, the employees were all given $2 raises at the beginning of the pandemic. And thirdly, and most importantly, these employees no longer have permanent jobs. They can stay on during the liquidation of their inventory and then they are jobless.
This is just a look at what happens under the Democratic Stimulus plan that mandates a fifteen dollar minimum wage that will phase in between now and 2025.
That might actually work in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles but it is a job killer for the Midwest and rural areas. The minimum wage hike will also lead to inflation. And it could be quite severe. Unskilled workers will be the hardest hit.
If you have to pay $15 an hour, you want someone will skills. And summer jobs for kids will be non-existent. Add to those problems is the amount of oil and gas workers who become unemployed because of Biden’s Executive Orders. Massive unemployment and high inflation will flatten our economy. Welcome to The People’s Republic of Americastan.
Last month, the city unanimously approved the wage boost to be paid by private companies, with Mayor Robert Garcia (D) tweeting victoriously, “Taking a moment in-between watching inaugural events to sign a $4 an hour pay increase for grocery and supermarket workers. You have earned this hero pay. Thank you for your hard work.”
KABC-TV reported that the California Grocers Association filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of the measure, arguing that it is unconstitutional and violates federal collective bargaining rules. The city’s new mandate applies to companies that employ 300 employees or more nationwide, or more than 15 employees per store in Long Beach.
I firmly believe Diogenes could walk through a Democratic National Convention without slowing down.
For those of you who are not familiar with Diogenes, he lived in a barrel and would walk the streets of Athens with a lantern at night, searching for an honest man.