Saturday, November 9, 2013

21st CENTURY SLAVERY

THE UNSKILLED
Johann Wagener 11-9-13


First were the lepers, they were called "unclean". Historically many other groups of people followed, which I won't go into here other than to bring in the "blacks" (as they were called back then) and now the "unskilled."

The "damaged" people. The "losers" who just can't seem to pull those boots up. Romney's 47% who freely and willingly chose the way they live. Not motivated, dependent, Should I go on? Or do you know what I talking about?

They're not shackled in iron chains in some stinky ships galley. We're much more sophisticated than that.

If you look around you'll find them chained to a counter at your corner MacDonalds, or a register at one of those Super Walmart's we like to scoop up lot's of "made in China stuff" from.

Color, gender, age? All shapes and sizes. No discrimination there.

Recently I posed a question on Quora " Are there really unskilled workers?"

and here's the way one enlightened and seemingly well educated individual responded;


Matt Wasserman, I'm a doctor, I'm a lawyer, I'm a mov...
Yes, there are unskilled workers. Or more appropriately, workers who have jobs that require no real skills.

Skills required to do 95% of the jobs in a fast food restaurant -

Show up on time
Leave on time
Don't steal
Be friendly
Be polite
Do what you are told
Make change



McDonald's creates profits by buying a case of hamburgers for $20, a case of buns for $5, and turning it into $200 worth of sandwiches. Turning $150 worth of syrup and $2 worth of water into $3,000 worth of soda.

Can the burgers get from the freezer to the drive through window without the workers? No, but that's only because $8 an hour workers are cheaper than machines - for now.

Should McDonald's share more of their profits with their workers? Absolutely. Regardless of other factors, they do have employees and they should try to help those employees have decent lives. But from a pure business perspective, the value added to McDonald's business by labor is probably worth just about $8 an hour.



So, let's be honest for just a moment. Indulge me please.

When all is said and done, and the smoke clears who's more valuable and worth more, dollar for dollar?

Those with MBA's who got A's in Greed 101?  or The "unskilled" person behind the counter serving your burger or the "talented" CEO who got a great big bonus for serving America a "great recession.?"

As they like to say, Americans just want way too much in return for all that "unskilled" labor. Everything considered, $8.00 an hour is not a bad wage. Wouldn't you agree?