Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The McDonald's Problem

The movement to raise the minimum wage has been gaining some momentum. Naturally you can't just snap your fingers and do it. There are costs involved, both short term and long term. One of the things that frequently comes up is that fast food franchises, McDonald's for instance, can't just raise what they pay their employees because they're barely squeaky by as it is and have no control over the price of their products. A private business can pass that new cost along to the consumer, if acceptable. So let's dive into some faux-math on owning a burger restaurant, shall we?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Liberal Apologism

Having posted something very left leaning, the time has come to rant a bit in the other direction... sort of.

I recently watched a video critique of the entire Call of Duty game series to date. It's absolutely excellent. I'll warn you now; it's over two hours long.

While I loved hearing the narrators views on the themes of the games, something struck me very off when he began talking about the fifth game in the series: World at War.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Education Dollars and Sense

Recently I had a discussion with a co-worker about education. His daughter is nine years old. He told me he doesn't want her to have to pay for her college. He and his wife will take on her debt so that she can get a good start out of school. So that got us to talking about the economics of education.