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Minimum Wage Hike Means Doom

wendys   A tremendous battle is brewing over a hot-button issue that will culminate in a war with no winners. I am referring, of course, to this senseless minimum wage hike being sought by a lot of workers. Sorry, but we don’t need a higher minimum wage—we need prices we can afford.

The fast food segment is bearing the brunt of this fight, and while the wages earned by many of these people could use a slight upgrade, $15 an hour is too much. My last employment was as an upper level manager in the automotive segment, and I wasn’t making $15 an hour. You’re telling me burger flipping is more important than MY job?

Let’s look at the overall picture here. Too few people are making too big a share of the  money. An actor works three months on a movie and gets paid $20 million by the studio. Why? What makes him so special? His name? An athlete plays, for example, baseball. This is more like a job because he uses his skills to a higher extent. Yet he plays in about 100 games a year (much less if he’s a pitcher), yet makes the equivalent of over $100,000 an hour. These are the people who can afford $5 million homes and $80,000 cars. You can’t, yet want the same perks they do.

mcdonalds-sign  You petition for $15 an hour without considering what your employer will do about it. First, he’ll measure your importance against the company’s financial future—and this includes his wallet. Let’s see—one of our stores has 30 employees, and 15 of them mostly take orders, making them little more than waiters. People are more tech-savvy today than ever before, so we can replace the waiters with mechanised order kiosks. McDonald’s has begun doing this in several cities, and Wendy’s announced today it’s doing this in 1,000 of its stores soon. The result? No more temperamental employees being paid every hour of every day they work, and a few machines can now do the work of those 15 workers. Within months, we’ll have saved millions of dollars chain-wide in salary and medical coverage, not to mention having to pay into the tax structure. Company wins, you lose–money, house, and job.

dennysThe scenario is the same everywhere as our governments fail to see that my plan will put a stop to this. With lower prices, there will be no need for higher wages, and we can keep the status quo. If we keep spiraling in the opposite direction, the human race is doomed. It will become too costly to employ humans, but without humans being able to earn money, they can’t but your products, and you will become archaic yourselves. Result? Total chaos and civil war. Do we want that?Think about THAT in your ivory towers.

 

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The Blazing Onion Offers Variety

Inside Blazing OnionBlazing Onion Gig HarborLocated in Gig Harbor, Washington, at 4701 Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, the Blazing Onion is basically an upscale sports bar masquerading as a full service restaurant while subtly blending the two in a manner that will satisfy everyone.. The requisite proliferation of flat screens abounds inside the spacious room, but the first thing you see when you walk in is a  take-out counter and large menu on the wall above it. If it seems too intimidating, you’re invited to go have a comfortable seat and a crew member will bring you a menu for your consideration.

This will be no easy task as they offer over 25 varieties of gourmet burgers, as well as fish and chips. Their impressive repertoire includes a meatloaf burger, as well as a genuine buffalo burger and one made from wild boar, all of which can be served with an intriguing side of something called Bob Sauce, a delightfully tasting concoction I couldn’t identify but was extremely tasty.

I opted for the buffalo burger, something I hadn’t eaten in ages. Considering the fact that buffalo is leaner and tastier than beef, I can’t imagine why it’s not offered at more places. The price is a little higher ($12.99 at the Onion) but well worth it. It arrived with a generous portion of fries and smothered with ketchup, onions, sauce, and crispy lettuce. I was genuinely satisfied. The attentive crew made sure our drinks didn’t stay empty long. if at all.

There are several Blazing Onion locations in the Seattle area.It should be one of your choices for delicious gourmet burgers in a clean place with friendly employees.

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El Guadalajara: Mexico in Washington

El GuadalajaraShelton, Washington may not be your top choice for a Mexican dining experience. Taking that into consideration you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find comida mexicana autentica this far north of the Mexican border, tucked away among the forested backdrop of Northwest evergreens in a former Kentucky Fried Chicken place.You can have your choice of nice tables or more plush booths along the walls.

The friendly crew is attentive to your needs and the delicious food is presented with typical Mexican touches of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. My Chicken Crema Burrito was residing in a luscious pool of cheesy tomato sauce and was quite fulfilling.All the while a pleasant medley of Norteno Mexican music played over the sound system, moderately loud but not overbearing. It was like being in a Mexico City plaza, every bit as good as anything I’ve experienced in southern California.

If you’re coming to the Pacific Northwest and love Mexican cuisine, you’ll want to add El Guadalajara to your list of places to go. Located at the intersection of State Route 3 and Pioneer Way in Shelton, Washington. One more plus: they serve Coca-Cola, which any local will tell you is almost illegal in this part of the country.

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