Most Obama Recovery Jobs are at McDonald’s


The Obama Recovery (TM) begins and ends at McDonald’s.

And a lot of those will go away if the minimum wage hike and obesity food laws go through killing what little there is in the way of a recovery.

The deep recession wiped out primarily high-wage and middle-wage jobs. Yet the strongest employment growth during the sluggish recovery has been in low-wage work, at places like strip malls and fast-food restaurants.

In essence, the poor economy has replaced good jobs with bad ones.

“Fast food is driving the bulk of the job growth at the low end — the job gains there are absolutely phenomenal,” said Michael Evangelist, the report’s author. “If this is the reality — if these jobs are here to stay and are going to be making up a considerable part of the economy — the question is, how do we make them better?”

With joblessness high and job gains concentrated in low-wage industries, hundreds of thousands of Americans have accepted positions that pay less than they used to make, in some cases, sliding out of the middle class and into the ranks of the working poor.

That includes Connie Ogletree, a former administrative and executive assistant who now earns $7.25 an hour at a McDonald’s in Atlanta. “It was 40 years ago that I had my first fast-food job, at a Dairy Queen,” said Ms. Ogletree, 55. “This is my second.”

The New York Times predictably uses the article to push minimum wage laws that would wipe out many of those jobs. But that’s welfare state logic.

It’s better to wipe out jobs and put people on welfare than to create jobs.

Meanwhile the only kind of jobs that Obama is creating are Third World jobs. For a Third World nation. Instead of discussing how to make McDonald’s jobs better, we should be looking at ways of bringing manufacturing jobs back.

  • Marsha

    Why no mention of the Paul Weston arrest for quoting Winston Churchill about Islam?

    Is it because Mr. Weston has the audacity to want to preserve his country for those to whom it belongs — indigenous Brits?

    • Daniel Greenfield

        Daniel – there does seem to be a technical problem with the FPM site: the link above the masthead to “The Point” takes us back to 4/23; there’s nothing after that date available there. I’ve noticed this for some time but thought it might be a temporary problem. And if you hadn’t posted the link above, I don’t see how FPM readers would have found the story of Weston’s arrest today. There are no other links to it that I can find. Maybe I should have sent this directly to the FPM webmaster, but I thought you should know.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Thanks. I’m aware of the problem.

      • Marsha

        Oops. Sorry Daniel, I didn’t see it.

  • Libslayer

    Progressives call this “progress”.

    • CaoMoo

      progressing backwards is still a kind of progress I guess :)

      • Libslayer

        All “progressivism” is retrograde.

  • DrLarry

    This is not an unwanted outcome by the left. They desire equality of economic outcome, not opportunity, except for the leadership.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    See? Liberalism works! Now we just raise minimum wage and they’ll be back in the middle class! It could not be easier to be a liberal elite. Why do you guys resist my logic so strenuously? You must be racists.