The Territorial Dispatch
November 13, 1996
Here's something for the
Always What They Seem To Be department...
The other day we were
motoring along a street and came up behind a yellow school
bus. As it moved along ahead of us a computer printed,
laminated 11" x 8.5" paper was jostling a bit on a clip that
was attached to a suction cup holding the sign in the back
When the bus stopped
briefly at a four-way intersection we got close enough to
read the sign. "This bus is EMPTY" it said.
"If it's 'empty,' I
wonder what's driving it?" I asked Steve as it pulled away
When it turned I could
see two people inside. Empty? Perhaps a new driver and a
trainer? Or a student that forgot to get off at the
Would it have been better
for the sign to read: "Out of Service" or "Driver in
Training"? Or maybe you can hail an empty bus like you can hail an empty taxicab?!!!
Here's another one for
the TAAWTSTB Department... maybe not so funny... the newly
voted in minimum wage.
It seems to be more money
for low-responsibility jobs. But where will the increases
come from? Higher prices? Less employees on the job to do
the same amount of work?
To be employed is to
produce. We all produce. To produce is to create by physical
or mental effort. When we produce for compensation we are
employed... be it "self" or producing for someone
Whether it is making
airplane parts, harvesting tomatoes, caring for an accident
victim or typing words into a computer, the point of every
job is to produce. Every employee produces and should be
compensated for that production on the basis of
production... ability and efficiency.
An employer compensates
an employee. A customer compensates someone self-employed.
Compensation should be based on what is produced... not what
everyone else is getting for what they produce... and
certainly not what the government deems is necessary whether
production is acceptable to the employer or not.
The employer is the one
to decide a fair price for the product or service based on
current market, overhead and profit... yes, a business is
allowed to make a profit. Minimum wage is what government
determines an employee needs with no regard for the needs of
When the government
regulates wages it removes incentive from producers, it
places hardship on small business and it causes prices to
raise and employers to eliminate jobs. Minimum wage laws are
not always what they seem to be.
But speaking of prices...
Norma brought in some newspapers to be laminated the other
day. Some of the pages were advertisements from a 1941
mailer by the JCPenney Company.
A pair of good solid
shoes were priced at $1.59. Hats and purses were ninety
eight cents apiece and dresses started at $1.29 and went the
whole way up to $2.79.
James Cash Penney
reportedly was a fair employer. He cared about the people
who worked for him and I have a feeling that he paid them
well for what they produced for him back when the government
did not interfere.
I met him once...
JCPenney... Norma said she also met him. She worked for
Penney in Pomona and met him there. I met him in Topeka,
Kansas, at the grand opening of a new JCPenney store that
anchored a big new mall somewhere in the mid-sixties. He was
small of stature, but I will always remember his big heart
and his wonderful personality.
Quote of the Week:
Every once in a
while ask yourself the question... "If money weren't a
consideration, what would I like to be doing
&emdash; Life's Little