Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Lies and Distortions of Andy Puzder in the WSJ Op Ed Section

Why Can't Conservatives Just Tell the Truth

Update:  It turns out the wife abuser Puzder is being considered for a job in the White House, one that doesn't require Senate confirmation because, well, even some Republican senators don't like a person who abuses one's spouse.

The policy implemented in the last 10 months is so lacking in decency, compassion, logic and common good that the only way to defend it is to lie, distort and omit. The best illustration of this is an opinion piece by former Hardee's CEO Andy Puzder, and the omission starts with his designation.

Mr. Puzder is a former CEO of CKE Restaurants.

Ok, that sounds ok. Well no. Mr. Puzder is ranting against the minimum wage. He is the former CEO of a fast food company, the very people paying close to the minimum wage. He rants against the $15.00 per hour minimum wage. He is CEO of a fast food company whose profits might (or might not) dip with an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour.

But the real problem with Mr. Puzder's pseudo analysis is his boldface lie that the tax cut, only weeks old, is having a positive effect on the economy.

Raise Wages via Growth, Not Mandates

American workers are already benefiting from tax reform.

Really, how can that be. Oh, Mr. Puzder is fooled by a few companies giving employees a small bonus. But everyone, that is everyone not snowed by propaganda, knows that while the companies get a tax cut for every year, the bonuses are one time only. And amazingly, those companies are ones that need regulatory relief from the feds. But the real garbage is right here.

That “gut punch” turned out to be bigger paychecks. After the GOP passed its tax bill, major U.S. employers including AT&T , Bank of America , Boeing , Wells Fargo , Fifth Third Bank, Comcast NBC Universal and Sinclair Broadcasting immediately committed to investing billions in growth, special bonuses or higher wages. Wells Fargo and Fifth Third are voluntarily increasing their base wages to $15 an hour. . . . . .

That competition kicked in almost immediately as more than 100 diverse businesses, including Wisconsin-based Associated Bank ,North Carolina-based BB&T Corp oration, Pennsylvania-based PNC Financial Services Group , New Jersey-based OceanFirst FinancialCorp. , Georgia-based Sun Trust Banks, Minnesota-based US Bank, theBank of Hawaii , and South Carolina-based Nephron Pharmaceuticals announced pay hikes for workers within two weeks of the tax bill’s passage.

Wow, employers voluntarily going to $15.00 an hour. Oh, how many employees do these banks have making less than $15.00 an hour? If you answered 'zero' you were probably pretty close. And if you have the chance, visit the dining areas of these companies. Think these workers will be getting $15.00 an hour. No. See they are employed by sub contractors so the person fixing lunch or cleaning up is making close to minimum wage and will not get a raise.

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