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Rep. Ilhan Omar can’t even get basic math correct in her criticism of McDonald’s CEO at House hearing

By Jon Dougherty

Maybe socialists don’t understand economics very well because they’re unable to do simple math. At least, that would explain why “Democratic” Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota could botch addition and multiplication so badly during a House hearing last week in a virtue-signaling attempt to shame the McDonald’s corporation.

During a hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee Tuesday, Omar noted the large disparity in pay between CEO Steve Easterbrook and the average McDonald’s worker, such as Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s team manager from Missouri, who testified before the committee.

“So the CEO of McDonald’s gets paid $21.8 million,” Omar said. “Can you share with us what someone in your position at McDonald’s gets paid annually?”

“Not that much — not even a fraction of that,” Wise answered. “I make $11 an hour at my job, currently.”

“So the median pay for a McDonald’s worker was $7,000 in 2017, and that is the pay gap between the CEO that’s making $21.8 [million] to the $7,000 that a worker who has put in 40 hours a day[sic] gets paid. To me, that just morally does not sit well,” Omar explained.

Wow. For congresswoman, she makes a lousy economics teacher. The Washington Free Beacon cleared it up for her:

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    Omar meant to say 40 hours a week, as there are only 24 hours in a day. However, if a full-time employee worked for $11 an hour at 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, he or she would make about $22,000 a year before taxes. The average hourly rate for a McDonald’s employee is about $9 an hour, according to the company, which comes out to roughly $18,000 a year for a full-time worker before taxes.

    Where did Omar get her figures from? The dishonest mainstream media (MSM), of course, which is replete with budding little socialists who are all-in for the “cause.”

    According to an Associated Press story, the median McDonald’s worker earned $7,000 in 2017, which is an extremely deceiving number because “McDonald’s defines a median employee as a part-time hourly restaurant crew member in Poland, where wages are lower than in the U.S. and it didn’t use any of the exclusions allowed.”

    But there is much more wrong about this than Omar’s math idiocy: It’s her socialist/Marxist economic philosophy.

    Like other Leftist Democrats before her, either are either ignorant of basic economics or they ignore them on purpose to perpetuate dependence on big, fat, all-powerful government. Either way, the results are the same.

    Pushing corporations like McDonald’s, whose individual franchises operate on thin margins, to pay more per hour than employees can generate in profits means a) prices will rise, resulting in less business; as business declines, employees will have to be laid off or replaced with machines/robots; franchises will close resulting in fewer jobs, fewer local tax revenues, and less corporate profits to tax.

    As for the ‘big pay disparity’ between a CEO and a line worker, probably fewer than 0.001 percent of the American people have the education, training, experience, and knowledge to even run a large corporation like McDonald’s profitably — and yes, Rep. Omar, under federal statutes, corporations must generally do all they can to operate in the best interests of shareholders (which most often means turning a profit).

    What’s more, Wise’s position is obviously an entry-level job, and those were never designed to provide enough income to raise a family or serve as a life-goal objective (though for some it may be).

    Omar’s attempt to shame McDonald’s is just the latest by a Left-wing Democrat with no direct business experience who obviously isn’t interested in pursuing economic policies that create, rather than destroy, opportunities for Americans.

    That’s too bad because she has the perfect teacher close at hand: President Donald Trump, whose economic policies have created millions of new jobs (including those factory jobs Obama said would never come back) and have created historically low unemployment for all Americans including blacks and Hispanics.

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  • 9 Comments on Rep. Ilhan Omar can’t even get basic math correct in her criticism of McDonald’s CEO at House hearing

    1. Everything Rep. Omar said has been verified as true by your Democrat biased fact check authority. The Dems only hope for votes seems to be from intellectually impaired individuals. Lucky for them that there is no shortage of those types.

    2. the store managers at Mcdonald’s make a nice salary, enough to raise a family on,…..but you have to have personal life skills,……..show up on time, look presentable, act properly, etc etc etc, sadly 90% of the people nowadays don’t exhibit enough personal skills to even be a manager let alone a CEO.
      If this guy was worth anything he would move up in the company,…quickly too.

    3. The fact that ANYBODY who is a citizen above a certain age can be elected to office is the best thing about our system. It’s also sometimes the worst thing.

    4. The average American has an IQ of 98, while the average Somali has an IQ of 68. When I found that out, it answered a lot of questions for me.

      • The democratic party is now inserting 3rd world misfits into out legislature. Voters are ignorant enough to let these misfits trash our system.

    5. yeah ,…a citizen becoming POTUS is so double edged!
      How dare he want to lower our taxes,encourage our business and industry , secure the border, and bring our troops home!!!

    6. Tony Noboloney // February 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm // Reply

      All democrats have always gotten the math wrong, most of congress is ill educated from the start. That 35 of 63 new members are women expect the math literacy to go down.

      What really gets me is the press coverage for the two muslim members and that pesky Ny chick AOC. You’d think by the coverage that they were some of the only members to get elected. And no Beto did not get elected.

    7. Bennie Sprouse // February 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm // Reply

      I wish he had said “Well, Congressperson, there is a huge disparity in the job requirements of an entry level kitchen worker to a high level executive with 30 years of experience. In the real world, experience and knowledge demands a higher pay rate. Also, I am responsible for x,000 of people to assure our company runs efficiently and profitably. I would suggest that if you hold the belief that an entry level person should earn on par with a multi-decade professional with several advanced degrees, you should immediately resign from your $174,000 per year job and join forces with other like minded people and found your OWN global major corporation. And while we are addressing wage disparity, how long have YOU been a congressperson and why should YOU make so much more than the young man before you!!!”

    8. Frank Johnson // February 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm // Reply

      And the difference between what a village clerk makes and this dunce is. ? She does make a $175,000 and the village clerk makes $14,560. Isn’t that immoral?

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