$15 Minimum Wage Cost NYC 1,000 Restaurants and Thousands of Jobs

Have you ever seen photos, drawings or in real life, of horses wearing blinders? They are used to prevent the horse from seeing what’s happening in the world around it, to keep it on its intended task or course. Blinders were once widely used for some race horses or trotting race horses some years back. It was also a widely accepted practice for horses that drew carriages. It helps to keep the horse from being spooked or distracted.

I contend that since blinders are rarely used on horses these days, they are in common practice with the mainstream media, Democrats, liberals, progressives and socialists. They wear blinders not to keep from being spooked or distracted, but they wear them to keep them from seeing the real world around them and to help hide the facts of what’s really happening in America today.

Look at how all of these groups so blindly ignored the many crimes committed by Hillary Clinton and the crimes and acts of treason committed by Barack Obama and yet they continue to beat President Donald Trump, his family, campaign and administration for the slightest hint of any wrong doing.

Look at how these groups so blindly ignore the facts that millions of illegals are responsible for many violent crimes, taking jobs away from American citizens, casting illegals votes in elections, bringing contagious diseases into the US and depleting the resources of many cities, counties and states. Then they fight against any attempt to enforce federal immigration laws and for any effort to secure our borders and thoroughly screen foreigners from certain countries known to produce the most terrorists.

Look at how all of these groups so blindly ignored the warnings of many conservatives, business and financial experts about the negative impact of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. They were warned that it would force many businesses to lay off workers, cut employee hours or close their doors, but all  the groups listed above ignored those warnings, like they were wearing blinders to the facts and warnings.

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Seattle was the first major city to raise the minimum wage and one year later, it has cost the city over 5,000 jobs and forced some businesses to relocate outside the city or close their doors. Many other workers in Seattle saw their hours cut back so drastically, that although they were making more money per hour, they were bringing home less money. Not exactly what the liberals running the city expected, but hey, those that made the decision are still working and getting their full paychecks and providing their families.

New York City is another city run by liberals wearing blinders who raised the minimum wage up to $15 per hour. Reports coming out of New York City say that Applebee’s restaurants have cut their work force by over 1,000 employees. The reports also state that at least 1,000 restaurants have either closed their doors or moved out of the city due to the increase of the minimum wage. Figuring that between cooks, waiters, waitresses, busboys, cleaning staff, management and other employees, each restaurant employed anywhere from 10 to 50 workers, losing 1,000 restaurants means that the city lost somewhere between 10,000 to as many as 50,000 jobs, not counting the 1,000+ jobs that Applebee’s cut.

Zane Tankel, CEO of Applebee’s New York franchises directly blames New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Democrat) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Democrat). He says their far left-leaning policies are ruining the dining experience that the city is famous for. Instead of having 1 server for every 3 to 4 tables during peak hours, his restaurants are being forced to have 1 server take care of 10 tables. He says that the restaurants are being forced to cut up to two-thirds of their staff in order to afford to pay the higher minimum wage.

Commenting about the effects of the minimum wage, Tankel state:

“The model now that we’re heading towards – where we had one server for three or four tables – we’re moving towards one server for 10 tables … eliminating about two-thirds of our labor ultimately, but it’s because of Cuomo, De Blasio – the liberal agenda.”

“[I]f you don’t have a job, $100 an hour doesn’t help you a whole lot, does it?”

If the negative impact to the restaurant industry is this bad, imagine what is happening in other businesses required to pay their employees the new minimum wage. It has to be affecting retail stores, hotels, manufacturers and many other businesses.

However, like in Seattle, the liberals who raised the minimum wage and cost thousands of New Yorkers their jobs, are still getting their paychecks and living nicely. I wonder how many of those who lost their jobs will still vote for the liberals wearing blinders come the next election?



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