Sunday, December 15, 2013

SUNDAY COWTOWN WORKOUT: THE SAD STORY OF A KANSAS CITY WAGE SLAVE!!!



This story provides reason enough for a class war in Kansas City or at the very least, a few second guesses about how much respect that corporate oligarchs who run this town really deserve . . .

Why A Kansas City Man Joins Fast Food Protests

Witness just a bit of the drudgery . . .

"Each week, he works a total of about 60 hours in his jobs as a massage therapist, a waiter at a Mexican restaurant, a delivery man for sandwich chain Jimmy John's and a receptionist at his massage school. He brings home about $400 a week, or $20,000 per year, and has joined the nationwide movement of fast food protests fighting for higher wages."

Meanwhile, a Kansas City Insider recently told us that one of the Kemper kids does most of his "work" as a bank president from a ski lodge in Colorado.

Sadly, reactionaries would like to blame the working class for the fact that the American dream is dead despite the reality that mindless support of a bought and paid for corporate agenda disguised as Conservatism is what helped to kill it.

31 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is this dude working for less than min wage?

Anonymous said...

Not all places, i.e. restaurants, are required to pay minimum wage. Another immoral element of life in capitalist America--profits before people.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he should find other jobs that offer better pay? Seems like one of Obama's stories/narratives to me.

Anonymous said...

More Massages and less play time at Taco Republic! None of his jobs are fast food, so why is he protesting?

Kemper said...

7:19 you are a douche bag....fuck u !

rub deez nutz said...

I'll be a Massage Therapist. I'll make millions! Any retard can do it. Then Ill spend all my time doing shitty part time work, failing to build a client base. Then I can protest that "the man" is greedy and keeping me down. Bitching and complaining trumps hard work.

Marvin Pontiac said...

Best article I've read recently about wages and work. A good and quick read.

http://takimag.com/article/rust_on_the_iron_law_of_wages_fred_reed#axzz2nYGExjbH

chuck said...

Marvin is dead on the money, that is a great article.

Anonymous said...

Really? As an employer I am trying to make money, it is not my job to work 80 hours a week running my business to supply your drugged out ass with a job. Fuck you parasites, if it is so great being a business owner why the fuck aren't you doing it ?

Anonymous said...

The answer, quite honestly, is lack of start up capital.

Who provided the money to start your business? Because every 'small business owner' I know got bankrolled by a family member.

chuck said...

8:42

While you make a good point, in my younger years, I started 3 small business' with no cash at all. The first two thrived for about 10 years, the last one, although I am not there anymore, is still going strong.

I agree that the middle class is diminishing by way of many of the facts quoted in the very funny and excellent article Marvin posted. Still, ya gotta have skills to get paid and that has always been the case.

Marvin's article while excellent again, skips over skilled jobs in the blue collar work force that will be hard to replace with automaiton. Plumbing, HVAC, Electricians, Car Mechanics, and a host of lunch pail professions that are still flourishing. Our manufactoring base is wrecked by way of cheap labor form overseas and greedy fucks on Wall Street in conjuction with politicians who are guilty of that same middle class destruction.

That said, the fuckin horse is outta the barn and the real time effect of rasing the minimum wage to 15.00 an hour, would be cost increases that would make products uncompetative. It would also, in my opinion, usher in the creation of new business, that would now be able to compete with McDonalds and Wally World, but It is getting outta my pay grade here so, I don't know...

The short term solution, is NOT to go to college, it is cost prohibitive.

Aquire skills. Hitting the buttons on a cash register and asking about a customer's wishes as relates to Fries, is not gonna get it.

Anonymous said...

I call bullshit on this one. Get a better education and maybe, just maybe you will make more then minimum wage.

If your are over college age and still working in fast food in a non-managerial role there's a reason for it.

It's because you are a moron who doesn't have the intelligence, skills or drive to become better.

Fast food/minimum wage used to be for teens to introduce them to the workforce. It was never meant to be a career or provide a living wage.

Fuck him, get a better job and grow the fuck up loser.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck

Anonymous said...

The problem isn't low paying jobs. The problem is there are no freakng jobs. Sure the bureaucrats take care of their jobs and their friends, but in the real world where folks have to earn their keep there are few jobs that provide the kind of wage you could raise a family on. it isn't about skills - that is just politician's bullshit. We already know a college degree is mostly a joke when it cones to finding a real job. the problem is two fold.

First is the mistaken perception that economy and standard of living are the same. Most Boomers remember their fathers working for the same company for 30 years and retiring with a pension and full medical coverage. Most Boomers remember company pick-nicks and Christmas parties. Todays work will likely not have insurance, a pension, a decent retirement or be able to keep their job more than about 5 years.

The second issue is that the American worker has been beat by the cheap labor and products produced overseas. We no longer have furniture plants lining the streets of Hickory and High Point North Carolina. We no longer make out TVs in America. We no longer have a viable textile industry. Instead companies are slapping and licensing their names to boatloads of product from Asia. It wont be long until out automotive industry is gone. Already our very own (*traitor) government is awarding arms, aircraft and tech contracts overseas. With all that money goes the jobs.

We have spent the last 30 years selling off America, exporting jobs and being sucked into a gobal economy that has us importing our doctors and nurses from India and Asia.

We asked for it, watched it happen and haven't learned a damn thing from it. Maybe we will get it when we are all Wallmart greeters or washing dishes at the Chinese buffet, but by then it will be too late. Those fast food wages are not headed up. We are all headed down.

Anonymous said...

He only works 60 hours a week?

chuck said...

9:13

Really good points, but to be fair, we havn't made TVs in this country for 35 years or so.

I did see a show on 60 Minutes (Which I mostly loathe.) that showed many, many start ups in the Robotic industry, that, ironically will replace cheap labor in China et al, and will require skilled employees to service the machines that have replaced the folks on assembly lines.

chuck said...

9:13

To be more concise, the furniture plants would come back home, the folks working at the plant, though fewer, would maintain the machines, robots if you will and the products could be produced cheaper here in the US.

Again, this is outta my pay grade and the economy, becasue of technical innovation, now moves so fast through different changes, that it is pretty difficult for a blue collar guy like me to get a real bead on all the variables and predict what is going to happen.

Anonymous said...

If we need to raise the minimum wage because greedy capitalists are screwing people over, then why do so many people make more than the minimum wage? Perhaps because they've worked hard and developed skills that enable them to demand higher wages? Why is Clark Hunt digging in his back pocket to pay Dwayne Bowe $56 million to catch footballs, when the greedy Hunts could have paid him 7.25/hr? Maybe because Hunt wanted him to stay, and that's how much Bowe said was required to prevent him from catching footballs wearing somebody else's jersey?

Someday maybe I'll figure out how it all works as well as a liberal.

Smilin' Bobby Page-Adams said...

Increase wages?
Shit, I'm trying to get my KU nurses down to Filipino house cleaner levels one cut st a time!

Anonymous said...

Democrat special interest groups .. entrenched greedy union slobs, weasel trial lawyers and race-preference scammers have destroyed America's once great industrial legacy.

Forward.

Marvin Pontiac said...

Both parties have had a equal hand in selling America down the river. You'd have to be a complete dipshit to still be playing the red team vs blue team game.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing what the peons will tolerate without revolting. This piece of shit country should have been overthrown at least 50 years ago!!!

Anonymous said...

It was overthrown 50.. the nazis took Over

Helmut Skaagen said...

Overfed, media/entertainment/sports-lobotomized people won't revolt.
Maybe when the cheese doodles disappear from the store shelves.

Anonymous said...

Fuck the American Dream and fuck you Nazis who dreamed it up. Get out your fucking AK's you cocksuckers and we'll meet you in the streets so Kemper can stay at the Colorado's.

Superdave said...

9:13 really hits the nail on the head more than some folks will want to admit. The answer I'm not sure I agree with chuck with it being out of our pay grade but the country needs to get back to basics where we have 90% less millionaires than we do now Instead a huge majority of the country needs to be content to have a happy middle income life. Our own greed is about to consume us.

Anonymous said...

Got to agree with Dave on this one, it's not the economy here, it's our lack of ethics. We have crossed the moral hazard and we need to get back on the right side.

Anonymous said...

Dave, what does the fact that there are more millionaires have to do with the problem? Are you saying wealth redistribution will solve everything? Why not go a step better and say NO one can be a millionaire or a billionaire and we have to share the wealth equally? Isn't that what you're advocating?

Byron Funkhouser said...

It was a deliberate policy of redistributing the wealth to the ones who already had the most. They were supposed to create jobs. Everyone is still waiting.

Why shouldn't their wealth be redistributed? They have it in the first place because it was already redistributed to their benefit? Please don't tell me they earned it, or deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Peter otool is dead and not One irishman in this city gives a fuck

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the illustration! Businesses depend on reliable employees just like employees need to be able to rely on a liveable wage. If you give no respect, you get no respect. Your general reference to "drugged out a@*es" indicates a lack of respect for your employees, suggesting the reason that an 80-hour work week would be necessary to keep your business solvent. Didn't your mother teach you that you catch more flies with honey?