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Flippy the Burger Flipping
Robot Mocks the Wage
Naivete of Left and Right

Real Clear Markets, by John Tamny

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Posted By:PageTurner, 3/13/2018 9:33:54 AM

Back when Ronald Reagan was president, he pointed to many pages worth of “Help Wanted” ads in the Washington Post as one of many pieces of evidence that his economic policies were working. His enemies on the left predictably responded that Reaganomics was merely producing jobs of the “burger flipper” variety. The market that was the voting booth revealed Reagan’s critics as hopelessly deluded: with elections always and everywhere about the economy, he won re-election in 1984 in landslide fashion, 49 states to 1. But to show readers just how similar and tribal left and right in the U.S. have become,

Certainly the ignorance of the left. Good recollected anecdote about Reagan.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Italianlooks, 3/13/2018 9:50:33 AM     (No. 11570475)

Tax the robot and eliminate the write of equiotment!

Help your fellow man! Hire a human and give them dignity! Better folks working than hanging on the corner!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ribald1, 3/13/2018 10:23:01 AM     (No. 11570516)

If the restaurant in only open 8 hours a day, 5 days a week a $15 employee costs them over $40K a year.
most fast food places are open at least 80 hours a week, bringing that number to over $80,000 a year.
A piece of business equipment that pays for itself in a little over a year is a very good investment.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 3/13/2018 10:30:30 AM     (No. 11570530)

Certainly correct about the problems with "entry level" labor. Because they don´t like the jobs there are high callouts, late arrivals, indifference, sudden departures leaving holes in coverage, etc.

The robot is on time, predictable, does the job as expected, doesn´t need breaks, doesn´t whine, and is easily replaced or updated. Further, the costs for the robot are well defined and predictable. Businesses LOVE well defined costs.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Tsquare, 3/13/2018 11:09:53 AM     (No. 11570607)

#3...the robot does the job better than a human
#2:::kudos to your eval. Workers also have “benefits”, including the 15% or so SS paid in their wages, unemployment taxes, the hidden costs to keep a backup flipper on standby in case he/she does not show up, some small amount of ligation costs and litigation avoidance costs, the costs of avoiding eeoc complaints. $100 k for the robot, even with $20 k per maintenance, is a bargain. And future burger flippers will be cheaper

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zzzghy, 3/13/2018 11:42:08 AM     (No. 11570662)

Exceptional article. Thanks for posting.

We´re planning on driving over to Caliburger to check out Flippy.

They call him Flippy, Flippy
Faster than lightning
No one you see
Is smarter than he
And we know Flippy, Flippy
Is monumental
Showing potential
Better than thee…

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 3/13/2018 12:32:32 PM     (No. 11570717)

Seems like a much simpler machine could do this very well. Robot arms seems like a way expensive way to accomplish this.

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