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Feeling sorry for employers who claim they can't find workers

Admiral Rockwell Tory

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Find a job that pays higher wages. A good painter here makes $72 per hour. He has work for the next 2 years and is discussing raising his rate.

Where do you live? $72 an hour would more than pay for a crew of painters to paint my entire house inside and out.

I had my entire house pressure washed, painted on the inside, and my deck pressure washed and sealed and did not pay but $1000 and it took them about a solid week to do the job.
 
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We just paid the guy at a rate of $72 per hour. He did two bedrooms for $1400. I'm too old to stand on a ladder.
 

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Not feeling one ounce of sorrow. Nothing. Notta. Can't find workers look in the mirror for the reason.
What a great example of ignorance. As well as a shining example of how well misinformation is lapped up by the willing.
Companies have money running out of their ears, right??
Business owners are all a bunch of misers living lives of luxury and laughing at all the little people - right??
:rolleyes:

How morons like this dolt think business owners live:

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How small business owners ACTUALLY live:

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Oh, I don't know about that.

I own two small businesses. Early on, it was feast or famine. There had to be a dozen times I thought about just saying "fuck it" and closing the doors. Unfortunately, I was a mine warfare specialist in the Navy, and when you're a mine warfare specialist in the Navy, you don't exactly possess a skill set which is useful in the civilian world. I couldn't really afford to close the doors.

Am I rich? I do pretty well. I have a couple of homes, cars and motorcycles, and bought a pretty nice boat a while back. I don't stoke the fireplace with $20 bills, but I'm also not wondering where my next meal's coming from. I wouldn't say I'm "rich", but I'm pretty well off, and I resemble nothing like the guy in the second photo you posted...
 

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Not feeling one ounce of sorrow. Nothing. Notta. Can't find workers look in the mirror for the reason.
What a great example of ignorance. As well as a shining example of how well misinformation is lapped up by the willing.
Companies have money running out of their ears, right??
Business owners are all a bunch of misers living lives of luxury and laughing at all the little people - right??
:rolleyes:

How morons like this dolt think business owners live:

View attachment 500807

How small business owners ACTUALLY live:

View attachment 500809

Oh, I don't know about that.

I own two small businesses. Early on, it was feast or famine. There had to be a dozen times I thought about just saying "fuck it" and closing the doors. Unfortunately, I was a mine warfare specialist in the Navy, and when you're a mine warfare specialist in the Navy, you don't exactly possess a skill set which is useful in the civilian world. I couldn't really afford to close the doors.

Am I rich? I do pretty well. I have a couple of homes, cars and motorcycles, and bought a pretty nice boat a while back. I don't stoke the fireplace with $20 bills, but I'm also not wondering where my next meal's coming from. I wouldn't say I'm "rich", but I'm pretty well off, and I resemble nothing like the guy in the second photo you posted...
Sure you did, as did I.
The second photo is supposed to show someone "burning the midnight oil"... while all the employees are home on the couch - your still working.
My average day M-F was anywhere from 5:30am - 6pm. Most Saturday mornings, and occasionally during peak times a few Sunday mornings to get a jump on the week.
Running a business is you are a hero one day, and feel like the biggest loser the next. In one month you have a huge month... you are feeling like Andrew Carnegie... you are an unstoppable beast!!... a few months later... you are wondering if it is all worth it, cause this month sucked.

Point being, people who never have or ever will operate a business, always seem to think the owner is some do nothing asshole who bosses everyone around while sipping cognac and puffing on a Gurkha. More money than they know what to do with, all because they greedily underpay their employees cause they think they are dogs.
In truth, most business owners wish they could pay them more.
 

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. Effort and quality are tied to wages. Some people believe a worker should bust it for a low wage when we all know that is so wrong in every way. Thankfully workers are getting smarter. More pay is more productivity. Economics 101

No matter how high you raise the wage, Johnny the McDonald's hamburger flipper will not be more productive.
All the Poor need to be able to pay their share of the tax burden.
 

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If employers can't match the govt then they shouldn't hire. Easy call.
The government artificially increased wages for unskilled workers. Now that the pandemic is just about over, why should their wages be increased to a higher level than their worth?
"Than they are worth". I am hard pressed to think of a low paid job where the worker is getting paid even close to what they are worth. The closest I can think of, a bank teller. And Bank of America announced a $25 an hour minimum by 2025. But just run the numbers. Let's go with Walmart. A typical Super Center does over 90 million a year. They have right at 300 employees. What you think the average pay is, $30,000? The store manager makes over two hundred grand but the rest of the management staff is going to be bringing in less than six figures, maybe eighty tops. So we are looking at a ten percent of sales cost of payroll. Flippin nothing.

McDonald's. A rocking McDonald's might have eight people on staff during the lunch rush. Hell, lets pay them $15 an hour for shits and giggles because you know they are not making that much. That is $120 an hour labor cost, sure tack on another $60 for Social Security and laughable benefits. If the drive thru is wrapped through lunch, and it usually is, we are talking two grand an hour in sales. Once again, not even ten percent.

Eighteen percent. That is what labor should cost run for a service based industry. $15 an hour is not unreasonable, $20 an hour is completely acceptable and would put little pressure on price. Eighteen percent is kind of a magic ratio. It also happens to be the percentage that taxes should take of GDP. That is where taxation is most effective, getting the most revenue with the least amount of impact on the efficiency of the market. Less than that and you have ineffective allocation of resources and excessive rent-seeking. Higher than that and you start draining efficiency from the market.
 

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