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Here’s a little more on the living wage debate.

I ordered it without onions but guess what?

I ordered it without onions but guess what?

I found today’s St Louis PostDispatch article  $15 minimum wage:  Fairness or a job killer? helpful in presenting both sides of the issue.  Would an increase in wage result in a decrease in jobs?  Perhaps not, according to a study by Andrajit Dube.  But that is countered by David Neumark’s conclusion that a 10% increase would result in 1 – 3% reduction in employment for those earning the least.  Both Dube and Neumark are economists in the University of California system.  Go figure.

I really do not like the comments posted for this Post-Dispatch article.  Pretty much ugly and an Ebenezer Scrooge socio-economic analysis of poverty.   Those of us who have personally and extensively worked with low income families and in their neighborhoods have come to realize the enormously complex and wearying challenges they face.  Helps us from making too many ignorant opinionated comments.

At this point I am tending to suspect there is merit to raising the minimum wage.  If Neumark is correct, it would give me more reason to pass up my occasional McDonalds cheeseburgers.  no onions, please.

Oh, also take a look at the side bar articles –

A wide gap in pay limits the ability of poorer and middle-income Americans to improve their living standards, the economists say. About 80 percent of stock market wealth is held by the richest 10 percent of Americans. That means the stock market’s outsize gains this year have mostly benefited the already affluent.



Matt A. and Bill W. on Facebook have contributed and commented on this post.  Bill shared a CNBC video ‘fast food workers worth $15/hour?’

A good point:  fast food jobs can and do offer entry level experience for young people and people new to the USA. Read the rest of this entry »

How much is a McDonald’s hamburger worth to you?

no onions, please

no onions, please

Would you be willing to pay more for that Quarter Pounder with Cheese, for that Dollar Menu McDouble, if it meant that half of McDonald’s employees could stop receiving public assistance?

If so, it would mean saving local, state and federal governments the estimated 1.2 billion dollars they annually give to employees of the Oak Brook IL based corporation, the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants.  It would also mean that McDonald’s employees receiving public aid would not be affected by today’s federal reduction of the SNAP program, what we commonly call food stamps.

Controversy:  living wages and unions for fast food workers.

No controversy:  work for a fast food chain and you have a fifty-fifty chance that you will qualify for, that you will need public assistance.

I travel to Indianapolis tomorrow to attend the CCDA National Conference.

This will be my third time.  It’s a gathering of 3,000.  There will be 13 Salvation Army delegates from the Central Territory.  I’ve heard from one Southern Territory delegate.  If it’s like past conferences there will be other SA people.  Sharon Barber of our NHQ will host the Army’s display; come visit us at exhibit #26.  All of us from the Central will take turns helping Sharon.  Stop by and say hi.

I’ll be meeting with Brianna Menning of Communities First Association based in Minneapolis.  We’ve emailed about possible ways the Army and CFA can work together.  Of course, have to stop by the City Vision College exhibit to talk with Michael Liimatta from Kansas City.  Two City Vision interns presently serve at Salvation Army corps in Kansas City and St Louis; we are working on two more internships, in Detroit and another major city.

Christian community development is an approach Dr. John Perkins has described this way.  You are busy pulling people out of a river to save them from drowning.  But you finally realize that somewhere upstream they are falling/jumping/being pushed in.  You decide to go upstream to do something about it.

In the Salvation Army we do a pretty decent job of emergency assistance.  We feed, shelter, rescue.  But we are not good at going upstream to do something about why people do not have food, need shelter, have to be rescued.  Don’t misunderstand.  Feeding, sheltering and rescuing are good.  But is it doing the most good?

Salvation Army tends to be like McDonalds.  Remember those signs “1 billion served”?  Maybe the signs are still there.  With changing numbers.  We serve families at Christmas.  So, in typical Army fashion, we will serve more families next Christmas. 

What if the families stopped coming to us for toys and Christmas dinners?  That we had done something during the year to make it unnecessary for families to come stand in line, fill out applications, and come back a couple weeks later to stand in line to wait for a toy, a canned ham and a ‘God bless you’?

How many more will we need to serve?  Or can we start to work together with the communities where we are to bring change?  After all, us Salvationists would rather people not get wet. 

I’ll be posting from Indianapolis as the conference gets underway.

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