Riddle me this. Employers such as Walmart and many small mom-and-pop shops and restaurants and the like are routinely excoriated for not paying (some) of their workers a “living” wage. For now, never mind all of the other things folks gain from job experiences that are not captured by the wage. And there is always pressure from some interest group or “concerned” citizen for these companies to do the right thing and pay all workers $15 an hour or even more.
Let’s not here examine the basic economics here. Accept it. Let’s examine a very awkward position.
Walmart and Applebees and Timmy’s Taco Shack and the like are all bad guys because they are actually employing people and producing things for bums like me. But the rest of us are given a 100% total free pass. I haven’t employed a single person (meaningfully) in my entire life. Not only do I not pay a living wage, I don’t pay minimum wage, indeed I pay less than zero. All I do is “take” from other workers. Yet if I slapped together some bumper stickers and signs, I would be viewed as a champion of workers’ rights?
What kind of logic is this? I am in every real sense an enemy of workers by refusing to employ them myself. Calling me a champion of workers is a bit like a tick the champion of deer.