Politicians don’t know business

“Prosperity For All” by state representatives Luis Moscosco and Mike Sells (Viewpoints, Feb. 9) sounds to me like Democrat vote prospecting. They start off with: If you work full time you should get paid an honest wage. Really? How about being paid a wage commensurate to what you bring into the business? Isn’t that fair?

Here’s a business rule of thumb: 20 percent of sales go to wages, 20 percent to materials, 20 percent to plant, 20 percent to administration and profit, and 20 percent to external advertising. It sounds hokey but it really works.

If business owners pay more than their employees produce, they lose money.

If a business has 30 employees working at $10 an hour and the government folks (who never owned a business) want the pay to go up to $15 an hour, the owner can cut the staff to his hardest-working 20 employees. That puts the 10 least effective folks on the street, but his costs remain the same. That’s fair, isn’t it?

Did you guys go to a fast food restaurant and look at the employees? They cost money ALL the time whether or not there are customers walking through the door. Perhaps some of you vote-chasers should wear a pair of shoes from a business owner and actually learn what is possible in the way of paying employees. Then report back.

Richard Jauch

Camano Island

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Jan. 22

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Don’t break the link between tests and graduation

Ending the testing requirement for a high school diploma would be a disservice to all students.

Saunders: With shutdown Democrats make error GOP made in 2013

In demanding DACA be included in a budget deal, Democrats show an inability to compromise.

Burke: This is not a false alarm; we are under attack daily

And the attacks — by tweet or edict — are launched from the Oval Office (or Mar-A-Lago).

Parker: Loyalty, not experience, is what matters for Trump

How did we get a drug policy official who is 24 and knows more about chia seeds than opioids?

Flights from Paine Field will trash air, property values

On behalf of the vast majority of the 20,000-plus citizens of Mukilteo,… Continue reading

Yes vote for Everett school bond invests in future careers

As a health care professional, I have seen first-hand, the growth and… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Jan. 21

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Viewpoints: Living with a force of nature we can’t control

California’s landslides — and Oso before it — show the need to map hazards and get out of the way.

Most Read