“From the start, we've been committed to doing the right thing. And we've got the policies, programs and practices in place that allow us to use our size and scope to help make a difference. Because what's good for us, is good for us all.” – McDonalds.com
So says a McDonald’s corporate website that touts its “Values in Action.”
These lofty values do not, however, mention anything about paying a livable wage. Nor is there anything expressing concern for their employees’ quality of life.
Instead, McDonald’s relies on the government to offset its paltry pay for fast food workers.
A video making the rounds online features "Nancy," a 10-year veteran of McDonald's. She calls the McDonald's financial assistance hotline and is told how to get on government assistance such as SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid.
Yes, it's time for Nancy to improve her employment options. But the problem goes much deeper.
McDonald’s is just one example of mega-corporations that receive government funding to offset the cost of already low wages. These incentives cost taxpayers up to $7 billion a year. And that's just for fast food workers.
Companies even hire consultants to help them capture as many of these worker tax breaks as possible. Ruthlessly, these same corporations pay lobbyists to block efforts to increase the minimum wage.
As long as Congress allows laws that make it easy for corporations and people to get government handouts, the economy cannot improve. The glut of low-paying and part-time jobs in our nation, especially in Texas, also makes it all but impossible to end this destructive merry-go-round.
It is not capitalism, nor is it compassionate. It is about controlling the masses.
One of the most ambitious control measures is Agenda 21, the United Nations program. Agenda 21's key buzzword, "sustainability," is stamped all over the McDonald's web site. In this video, the company brags about creating a "sustainability" scorecard for its suppliers and its concern for "climate change."
Now we're getting to the real values. Sustainability amounts socialism in its most radical form. It's the United Nations' idea of who gets what and how much.
In a video titled "Sustainability," McDonald's boasts of being an Employer of Choice in more than 30 countries. It is undoubtedly an employer of choice in Third World nations. In America, jobs once reserved for retirees and high school students living at home should not now be considered good jobs.
In 2011, more than one million people competed for 62,000 jobs at McDonald's during a national hiring event. People who actually want to work shouldn't be rewarded with a job that pays less than being on government assistance.
Hard-working Americans of all economic backgrounds should be disgusted by this self-fulfilling poverty prophecy that is dismantling our nation.