On minimum wage issues, writing and more

First things first, I have a post up at Victory Girls about the impact of the new minimum wage laws on franchisee holders and, as a result, on their employees. One of the things that has always bothered me when it comes to mandatory wage increases is that too many people don’t consider the impact those increases will have. They don’t think about how it means a rise in cost to the consumers. They don’t think about how, if the employer can’t pass the increased costs on to their customers, they have to find other ways to recover their losses. Businesses have to operate at a large enough profit to not only put money back into the business to improve facilities, etc., but to pay the franchisee/owner. Sure, employees making more is great and I’m all for it but not at the risk of businesses closing down.

In this particular case, franchisees for Tim Horton’s and Subway are being caught between a rock — the government — and a hard place — corporate ownership. Subway franchisees aren’t allowed to change menu prices. That comes down from headquarters. So, when their costs go up, they are limited in what they can do to recover the cost. That’s especially true for those franchises where corporate mandates not only the price of their goods but also where they can buy supplies. It means the franchisee can’t save by shopping around for a supplier that can get him the same or better goods at a lower cost.

So what is a franchisee to do? As I noted in the VG blog post, they either lay off employees, close their doors or start cutting benefits. That’s especially true when corporate not only refuses to let them raise menu prices but actually requires them to lower menu prices even as their operating costs increase.

On a different note, work is progressing on Light Magic. More on that next week.

Finally, I finished up my series of posts on HRC’s book, What Happened, over at According to Hoyt. Next week, I’ll start a new book, , by Vladimir Lenin. I gave a lot of thought to what to write about next and discussed it with Sarah, as well as a couple of others. I decided on State and Revolution for a couple of reasons. The first is simple. We need to understand the foundation of the enemy and this book is one of those founding “documents” that started the Soviet Union/Russia of today. For another, there are simply too many folks walking around who don’t understand what communism or socialism really are. If I can help burst the bubble for even one person where those “isms” are concerned, I’ll have accomplished my goal.

I’ll be honest. I’m not sure the first post will actually be about the book. It may be some background, setting up why I feel it is so important we not buy into the propaganda preached to us by the media, Barry Sanders and others, including the Democratic Party. Unlike my friend Nicki, I didn’t grow up in Russia. But I have been there and I know others besides Nicki who have spent much of their lives there. I also know men who spent a great deal of their government/military careers dealing with the Russians. No, I’m not going to get into the Russia connection allegations from the last election. I am, however, going to talk about what life is like for those in Russia and in those countries that fell under Russian control after World War II.

But, for now, I am going to get back to Light Magic. Until later!

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