All the individuals ranting and raving in favor of “universal basic income,” or ranting and raving for the government to basically take care of them forever, might want to think again.
After all, would anyone want to bet their entire quality of life on a bunch of politicians that do not exactly seem to have the most robust budgeting skills in the world?
Even worse, the increased demands for an effectively “no work” lifestyle are precisely why big business, fed up with the antics of the Dems and the increasing laziness of much of the population, has decided to take matters into its own hands.
Exhibit A: The rise of automation, including the first fully robot-powered McDonald’s located just outside Fort Worth, Texas.
That’s right: An entirely robot-staffed McDonald’s.
No woke staffers demanding 15 different pronouns to wear on their name tags.
No woke staffers raging that they deserve $20+ an hour for being unable to do the math to even make basic change from cash.
No woke staffers with an attitude writing nasty messages on coffee cups for police, which Starbucks employees are especially notorious for doing.
Instead, proactive, efficient robots who care about finishing tasks, not gendering tasks.
According to Keith Vanecek, the franchisee operating the test restaurant, the new technology holds immense promise in terms of not only business margins, but also in terms of delivering a superior customer service experience.
“The technology in this restaurant not only allows us to serve our customers in new, innovative ways, it gives our restaurant team the ability to concentrate more on order speed and accuracy, which makes the experience more enjoyable for everyone,” Keith Vanecek, who is the franchisee operating the test restaurant, remarked.
You don’t say.
One thing is for sure: Money is more safely bet on robots than so-called employees who are not exactly the most reliable types in the world.
Who could forget one briefly publicized incident, in which all the employees at Burger King quit all at once? Humorously, they cited “hectic” conditions as the reason.
Rather minor grievance, if any at all, to be sure, but every microaggression is apparently world war to millennials and snowflakes in general.
Which of course means that they are woefully unprepared for real war.
Needless to say, it is doubtful robots will whine like that.
Jamie Richardson, the vice president of White Castle, noted that others do not need to fear the rise of technology and its subsequent impact on jobs, asserting that “sometimes the bigger automation investments we make aren’t as earth-shattering.”
McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski also attempted to mitigate the fears of critics, declaring that robots are nowhere near taking over an entire company anytime soon.
“The idea of robots and all those things, while it maybe is great for garnering headlines, it’s not practical in the vast majority of restaurants. The economics don’t pencil out. … You’re not going to see that as a broad-based solution any time soon,” he insisted.
Perhaps not immediately, but as the real impact of school closures from the pandemic becomes clearer and clearer, it’s rather obvious that big business is going to have to do something for people who apparently refrain from working.
Just consider the rather horrifying National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report released from Nation’s Report Card, which reveals the depths to which basic math and reading skills have declined across the United States.
“In 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a special administration of the NAEP long-term trend (LTT) reading and mathematics assessments for age 9 students to examine student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Average scores for age 9 students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020. This is the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics,” the report intoned gravely.
That’s nice. Especially since Americans are already disadvantaged in the maths and sciences relative to their Chinese and Russian counterparts. Who will be quite thrilled with this “report card.”
Apparently, some students didn’t even attend school at all during the lockdowns, per the report.
“All students who took the long-term trend assessments in 2022 were asked if they ever attended school from home or somewhere else outside of school for any duration during the last school year (2020–21) because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seventy percent of 9-year-old students recalled learning remotely during the last school year, while 19 percent reported they did not learn remotely, and 11 percent did not remember,” the report continued.
So, more than 1 in 10 students on average “did not remember” if they attended school or not for almost two years?
Not sure if that’s more an indictment on snowflake youth or even more snowflake teachers and school administrators, but one thing is for sure:
Maybe America should defund public education and channel all funds into charter and/or otherwise superior education systems instead, as the ROI for the present state of affairs is utterly abysmal.
Author: Jane Jones