The Daily Dose/Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The Daily Dose/April 2, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience.

OPEN UP THOSE GOLDEN GATES…: A new law in California took effect Monday, raising the pay of certain fast-food workers to $20/hour. This in a state where the minimum wage for everyone else is $16 

The Classic Yay/Boo Scenario: We’re all in favor of raises here at The Daily Dose. In fact, we like to receive them ourselves. However, this is nothing the government should have a hand in; it is something that must be either demanded by the worker or collectively bargained by a union. 

Dry, Technical Matter: The point here is not to discuss the economic effects of minimum wages, about whether or not they do good or whether they merely raise the price of everything to the point where there is no real gain in buying power; we’ve seen credible reports on both sides of the issue. The purpose is to discuss the government’s role in them. 

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: The government must butt out of this. A wage, like any other condition of employment, is an agreement between an employee, or a union, and an employer. The government has no business mandating any other aspect of employment, and they should not be mandating wages, either.

USA! USA! Anyone who is not happy with what they make is free to do three things: 

  1. Identify the money they need to make;
  2. Find work that pays that much; and 
  3. Get the skills and experience required to get that job.

That’s the American way; you get out of this life what you put into it and, frankly, those who are unwilling to put some effort into their working lives deserve what they get at the pay window. Besides, if you’re out of your teens and the minimum wage is still a factor in your life, it is time to reevaluate your job skills. 

The Bottom Line: The Federal government hasn’t raised its minimum wage of $7.50/hour (about $10.85 in today’s dollars) since 2009 so assorted municipalities and states are doing so. And a minimum wage means well. But it is not the government’s job to mandate wages. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has the latest from the hotel’s Information Technology desk. Today’s Diary. 

There are a couple of thumb drives we save reports to: the main one where the nite audit reports are saved and another one for the tax-exempt reports…


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On This Date
Extra, extra, read all about it. 

In 1865 – The Third Battle of Petersburg in the American Civil War is fought with Union troops under Gen. Ulysses S Grant scoring a decisive victory over Confederate troops commanded by Gen. Robert E Lee. The loss was so devastating Lee ordered the evacuation of the Confederate capital of Richmond a few miles north, and the battle marked the end of the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign and the start of the Appomattox Campaign, which would eventually end the war. Union forces would occupy Richmond the following day. 

In 1939 – Ralph Guldahl wins the Masters with a final round 69 to beat Sam Snead by one stroke. It was the only Masters win for Guldahl, who also won the US Open in 1937 and 1938, and was the first of two runners-up finishes for Snead, to go along with three Masters titles. Guldahl’s 72-hole total of 279 broke the Masters record of 282 established by Gene Sarazen and Craig Wood in 1935 and the record is now 268 by Dustin Johnson in 2020. 

In 1988 – Terrence Trent D’Arby is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Hot Black Singles chart – for the only week with Wishing Well. It was the second of four Top 40 soul hits for D’Arby, his first of three Top 10s, and remains his only #1. The song went #1 pop in Canada and The Netherlands, went #4 pop in Great Britain, and later spent a week at #1 on the Hot 100. D’Arby has been recording as Sananda Maitreya since 2005. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Providence is universal, not particular.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol X: Rousseau and Revolution

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The Bee Gees first #1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 was How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, which spent four weeks at #1 in 1971. 

Today’s Stumper
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