Burger King

Big Business and big government cronyism is bad for taxpayers and consumers: Let the free market work


There’s a common misconception that people in favor of free markets love corporations. That isn’t the case.

There’s nothing wrong with a business being highly successful and expanding operations. The question becomes what happens when their operations end up getting involved in government and when government tries to influence business.

This is an issue a lot of groups have struggled against. Both the original Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street protests were against the government-big business bailout of 2008/2009. The solutions were much different. The Tea Party wanted the government and businesses to be separated and not mix with each other. Occupy (outside of it’s not-top hits) wanted businesses taxed to eternity and capitalism destroyed.

The problem with Occupy’s solution is it expands the role government has in people’s lives. The idea of using higher taxes against businesses and “the rich” doesn’t work (just look at France). Burger King is also an example because of their plan to leave the U.S. if they merge with Tim Hortons. Paying taxes isn’t patriotic, despite what President Barack Obama thinks.

This part-time worker needs a second job, not a wage hike

The Seattle Weekly News recently ran a piece in which they lead with the story of Jason Harvey, a man who has worked a part-time, minimum wage job at Burger King for eight years, and his struggle to make ends meet, part of the publication’s case for a living wage:

A checked flannel jacket thrown over his Burger King uniform and scrunched-up shopping bags under his arm, Jason Harvey clocks off work at 3 o’clock one drizzly January afternoon and sets out to get groceries for the week. His destination: the Ballard Food Bank.

Using shortcuts he’s learned over the years, it takes Harvey 10 minutes to walk to the food bank from his Market Street workplace, where he earns the minimum wage, which rose slightly in the new year to $9.32 an hour. He finds that neither his salary nor the $120 a month he receives in food stamps is enough to feed himself. Hence his trip to the food bank.

Keep in mind that the minimum wage in Washington state is more than $2 higher than the federal minimum wage, currently at $7.25 per hour. So a full-time worker earning minimum wage in Washington would bring home around $373 per week before taxes.

But Harvey doesn’t work full-time. As a result of his employer cutting workers’ hours to avoid Obamacare’s employer mandate tax, he works just 28 hours, earning a just under $261 a week before taxes (emphasis added):

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