By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on the "minimum wage hike" protests today at McDonald's Oak Brook headquarters...
On a cool May morning, as McDonalds’ shareholders met to determine the fast food giant’s future course, some 2000 protesters, hailing from as far as Kansas City and New York, descended upon them to present a list of demands. Raise the starting wage to $15/hour, they threatened, lest the company be forever branded with such monikers as Exploiter, Villain, Robber Baron and Tyrant!
The Chicago Tribune, newspaper of record in the blighted metro area that McDonald’s calls home, was happy to give front page coverage to these protesters, telling their tale and helpfully spinning the story as favorably for the protestors as any could hope. The days of restricting opinion to the Opinion page are long gone indeed.
The first question may seem fatalist, but it must be asked anyway: Does anyone really believe that if McDonald’s concedes, the left WON’T forever brand McDonald’s with all those nasty monikers? We have seen enough of the way that blackmailers behave throughout the ages to know that capitulation only serves to make the wolves hungrier next time.