Will people be replaced by machines in the work place or enslaved by the age of the machines. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says raising the minimum wage will make people ‘more expensive than a machine.’
‘I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and they have to get into that upper stratum,’ Trump said at the debate, hosted by Fox Business. As 2016 presidential debates heat up, will Americans heed the warning or ignore the truth. Not long ago, talking computers and Star Trek innovations were merely science fiction, today however they have become reality.
Will people be replaced by machines in the work place, enslaved by the age of machines or can a solution be found? Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says raising the minimum wage will make people ‘more expensive than a machine.’ Are human workers becoming obsolete in the work place? Workers in some 270 cities have walked out in protest of wages in the fast food industry alone. Will these walk outs contribute to the machines appeal to companies or will politicians find a solution?
McDonald’s is already planning to reduce labor costs by automating away its cashiers. I can believe this, as I myself recently stopped at a McDonald’s and ordered a meal from a touch screen. I even put my money into it as if in the self checkout lane at Walmart. However, I am no stranger to the concept, having assembled robots for automated factories in the late 90’s for name brand cookies we still eat today. In a world of technology limited only by our imagination, how do we weigh which politicians are really negotiating or grabbing a sound bite? Sometimes news is really the issue ignored from the past.
Increasingly, low-skill workers will not only have to compete with each other for jobs at higher wages, but also with computers. We know this because as we approach the polls we see voting machines instead of counters and tickets. So in the 2016 presidential debates we can only assume the politician promising higher wages for low income unskilled workers is merely chasing sound bites for ratings or pushing for the machines replacing people in the work place. CNN MONEY reports: ‘As protesters across the country call for the fast-food chains to raise their wages, a number of companies have begun experimenting with new technology that could significantly reduce the number of restaurant workers in the years to come.’
How will the coming election affect your wallet? Minimum wage may not be the issue here. Taxes, health care, and immigration seem to be the real issue as taxes are levied and services are dispersed. Immigration reform is needed as the Obama Healthcare Plan was implemented to make healthcare affordable to Americans while healthcare and assistance is given to illegal aliens. Where does the money come from? One can only assume higher taxes or the imposed tax penalty for Americans not having insurance. Instead of deporting illegal aliens we offer them costly services. Taxes, health care and immigration should be the key issues of this election for the low income workers. Before looking at the employer, low income workers should be looking at why so much is taken out of their paycheck, not by the employer, but by the politicians elected to make those decisions.
In closing, the only thing that can affect your wallet in the 2016 Election is the vote you cast and whether or not it was done for a politicians sound bite or factual debate. After all the ATM didn’t replace the bank teller.