Fair Trade Big Macs

What’s the right thing to do about increasing the minimum wage? It will, no doubt, cause the price of goods to increase but there’s no way a family, or even an individual, can live on our current minimum wage.

I know some say it’s just another entitlement thing but entitlement cuts both ways. Employees feel like they are entitled to a fair wage as much as many people feel they’re entitled to a cheaper Big Mac. Some think if people earning a minimum wage didn’t prepare themselves for the working world by getting an education and/or proper trade training, why should the rest of us have to pay for it. After all, we’ve worked hard to get what we’ve got so why shouldn’t they. So, who’s more entitled, them or us?

Everything in 21st Century America seems to boil down to us verses them rather than plain old we.

Perhaps we all need to do some serious soul searching to see what really is driving whatever side we choose. I complain about the lack of statesmen in our government and all politicians looking out primarily for themselves but isn’t that precisely what most of us do? “What’s in it for me” is the new American Creed. But what do we expect when we as a nation reject the unconditional lover of mankind. When certain biblical absolutes are traded for majority rules. When entitlement only applies to the other side and rules every strata of society. The us verses them, the haves verses have nots is going to be the battle lines drawn on most economic issues in our current political, anti-Christian religion culture.

But aren’t these things the logical, natural, expected results of turning our collective, I use that word since we have a representative form of government, backs on God. Isn’t the overarching issue not do we raise the minimum wage but do we raise up God? Do we turn the control of our individual and corporate lives over to His leadership? Do we truly want a Nation Under God or just another godless, lawless, politically correct mass of people looking out for number one? It’s not just turn or burn anymore in our once great nation but now choose or lose America.

Ps: I think we should raise the minimum wage.

Mason Swinney


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I'm happily married, the Father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Death is all around us but somehow we've managed to distance ourselves from it. Men, Mourning, Moments is about how the death of my son awakened me to life & the desire to seize every moment as though it were my last. It's about making sense of life in the good times and bad and allowing GOD to carry me and teach me through the hard times in life.
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2 Responses to Fair Trade Big Macs

  1. robertdyson says:

    In a capitalistic society, the market determines the value of the work done. If the market for hamburgers was sufficient, and there’s not an oversupply, then the wages will be good. If you flood the market with burgers, and little skill is required of the burger maker, then wages will naturally and appropriately (in my opinion) be low.


  2. Tojo yamamoto says:

    I am not in favor of minimum wage laws. But what is most destructive to a functioning society is the legally structured corporation. Since the days of the British East India Company unaccountable, politically connected corporations have done more harm that any king or slaveholder could ever accomplish. Burger King doesn’t want an increased minimum wage but moves to Canada for a lower tax rate.


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