Over the weekend, the Gekko's hit downtown Cincinnati to celebrate my birthday.
Now if you're not familiar with the politics of Cincinnati, PG Sittenfeld, a councilman, is working to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for businesses within the city.
I thought about that as we walked to the city owned Fountain Square garage and used the automated payment system to pay for our parking.
Do idiots like PG ever wonder what happened to those people who used to get paid to take your money when exiting the garage? I guess they just magically disappeared.
Not exactly. I'm just going to guess that it is a hell of lot cheaper to put a machine in to do the work that you're paying a low skilled worker to do the job. Of course, raising the price on those workers only makes it more likely their jobs will be filled by a machine at some point in time.
When I was a small kid, one of the local grocery stores actually had tags on the grocery carts. When your cart was filled with the groceries, the bagger would hand you the tag. He would take the cart outside and when you pulled up to the curb, he would load the groceries into your car.
What do you think happened to those jobs?
They went the way of pterodactyls and gas station attendants who actually pumped your gas and checked your oil.
It the same economic forces that cause you to not only bag your own groceries but you now get to scan them as well.
So go for it PG and the senate. It's much better to have zero 10.10 jobs than people actually working and getting on to the economic ladder so they can climb their way up.