Bernie Sanders Bashes McDonald’s, But His Wage Fight Has a Dirty Secret

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May 23, 2019

By CCN: Socialist Grumpy Cat Bernie Sanders continued his foolish economic crusade for a $15 minimum wage, ginning up support at a series of Thursday rallies.

Sanders turned his troll-eyes on McDonald’s this time, after previously haranguing Delta Air Lines, Disney, Amazon, General Motors, Wabtec, and Nissan about the minimum wage.

Delta wasn’t going to stand for it, though, and issued a blistering retort to Bernie Sanders.

Want $15? You’ll Be Replaced by a Robot

Claire Sandberg, the 2020 national organizing director for Socialist Bernie Sanders for President, said:

“As Bernie says, this is not just a campaign, it’s a movement. We’re building the largest volunteer army in the nation not just to win the Democratic nomination, but also to mobilize people to show up in key fights where people’s lives and livelihoods are on the line.”

Apparently, neither water-carrier Sandberg nor cranky septuagenarian Bernie Sanders has visited McDonald’s lately.

If they had, they would’ve noticed the increasing number of robot kiosks taking orders, while the more expensive humans have been relegated to handing out the food.

If they’re smart, those same humans have been brushing up on basic economics and how to improve their skill sets so as not be tied to jobs that pay minimum wage.

Please Tell Bernie Sanders That McDonald’s Doesn’t Own its Stores

The economically-illiterate Bernie Sanders said:

“If Amazon can raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour there is no reason that McDonald’s, a company that took in $1.4 billion in profit and paid its CEO $22 million, can’t pay its workers a living wage.”

But here’s the dirty secret: What the perpetually-constipated Bernie Sanders doesn’t even know is that over 80 percent of McDonald’s stores are franchised. That is, they are owned and operated by hard-working, entrepreneurial Americans who pay a royalty to McDonald’s, and are neither making $22 million per year personally or $1.4 billion annually at their stores.

On the contrary, a store operating at peak efficiency and traffic might net its owner about $153,000 per year. Considering that it cost over $2 million to buy the store, much of that profit goes to servicing and paying down that debt.

Asking those owner-operators to increase their labor costs by 60% from the current minimum wage isn’t a very bright idea, which is again why Skynet is running the ordering kiosks. It won’t be long before the humans are gone from behind the counter, and the food just passes by on a conveyor belt.

Unionizing Will Only Put the Bernie Bros Out of a Job

Alas, Bernie is too busy enjoying life in his three homes to bother understanding how McDonald’s works. He also whips up protests against McDonald’s every few months.

Socialist Bernie Sanders is also pushing for McDonald’s workers to unionize. The Guardian quoted a Florida McDonald’s worker as saying:

“We’re going on strike to demand union rights. We need a union for basic things like healthcare, a seat at the table and respect. I’ve been working in the fast-food industry for about 11 years.”

Any worker who chooses not to improve his skill set and remain at McDonald’s for eleven years doesn’t deserve respect. He’s not a self-starter, and neither are his “Fight for 15” pals.

Leftists Like Bernie Sanders Are Tone-Deaf

Unionizing won’t make a difference, because McDonald’s owner-operators will just move on to the next person in line in need of a job and tell the union to take a hike.

All of this falls on deaf ears when it comes the tone-deaf Bernie Sanders because this is typical of leftist policy. They crow about improving conditions for one group or another, yet their policy suggestions always make things worse.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Last modified (UTC): May 23, 2019 15:46

Lawrence Meyers @captsmedley

Lawrence Meyers has published over 2,500 articles on finance and policy at outlets including Breitbart.com, Investorplace, WyattResearch, LearnBonds, Lifezette.com, TownHall.com, U.S. News & World Report, and The New York Observer. He hails from New York City in the USA.