Perhaps you’ve heard of her? She’s left her own country, as it is full of problems she says.., the same ones she has come to Seattle to fix.
The Valley that lays south of Seattle is full of lessons, exactly how it was taken away from Agriculture, and converted to a sea of warehouses is a story for another day. But this Sea of warehouses employs a good number of unskilled workers. They come here from far away places, some from the Pacific Islands. Driving a forklift, and knowing how to read at least the numbers on a manifest is about all you need to know.
Sawant mentions Mumbia, she says it’s all wrong back home, but she can make it right here. Her ‘all too simple’ idea is to fix it all by passing a law that unskilled labor should be paid a living wage. Whether you are a hamburger flipper working a part time job in high school for spending money, or working a warehouse job, you should be paid at a much higher rate than the market is currently willing to pay.
Those who have the mind of a mechanic know that the Sawants of the world have no ability to think beyond the day, or perhaps they are like the Witch Doctor, here to sell their false promises to those who want to believe so badly?
The Sawant mind, and those like hers create wealth for the Engineers and Innovators. When wages are forced up, there’s plenty of new Innovations to sell. That sea of warehouses that employs the unskilled, just how hard is it to automate everything they do? A warehouse here operates nearly the same as it did 50 years ago, it’s a prime target for full automation, and all that is needed is a little more incentive for cost savings.
As for Fast Food, how many times have you received a burger too cold? How about those fries, have you received them so full of salt you couldn’t eat them? So many human factors that can literally spoil your meal.
If you have read thus far, you likely see the future…., that profile on your phone? It could have all the information as to how you like it, right down to the fries with no salt please! The automated process makes them“Perfect every time”. Burgers served, and no more worries about healthcare, OSHA requirements, vacation schedules, and so much more.
But you ask, just how will we employ the unskilled in the future? Let me first ask, why is it the price offered to the unskilled is so low? Why is it the flood gates seem to be open, that we allow those who have no skills at all to immigrate here and makes matters worse?
Raising the Minimum wage fuels automation, it does more harm to the unskilled than good in the long run. We need look at the messages we are sending the young, at present, it looks like every good behavior is rewarded with a punishment of some kind. Savers are rewarded with no interest on their savings, and those who have acquired few or no skills rewarded with housing and financial aid. No doubt, it’s a very popular thing to do with a certain sector of voters, but does it make matters better or worse?
Kshama Sawant is here to sell what has failed a thousand times before, but her plan WILL drive innovation. It’s a reason you should encourage the youth you know to acquire the skills required to fill the need she and other Socialists will help create…. smarter machines that can easily replace the mindless work paid at a price that will drive new innovation.
It may be only 15 years or less, a Trucker will back his trailer into a slot. He will insert his key card, his trailer will be scanned, any human intervention required might be done remotely via a camera and joystick, it might be done back in Mumbai?