Sunday, September 18, 2005

Someone buy this guy a dinner at DiPalma's!!

Athens Banana Herald Doucheb...err...Editor in Chief Jason Winders weighs in on the Living Wage movement here.

Read it, really. He makes a few good points. Well, he makes one good point. Raising wages will (get ready for some Pulitzer-worthy economic analysis here) cost businesses more money!

Well, it wouldn't be Sunday unless ol' man Winders was all het up 'bout something. But, you can't fault him for writing this one. Jason Winders knows which side his (and the Banana Herald's) economic bread is buttered on.

After all, waitresses, dishwashers, and cashiers don't buy ad space in the ABH.

Our favorite nugget of Winders' nonsense is this:

Now I know supporters will trot out a study backing living wages, pitting it against other studies debunking it. I also know a guy who did a study in attempts to convince me the Earth is only 2,500 years old.

So I don't put full faith in studies.

In other words, "Don't argue with me. I won't listen to evidence because I know I'm right."

Now, to be perfectly fair to Winders, he also makes the point (inaccurate in our opinion) that the problem isn't low wages, it's the sky-high poverty rate in Athens-Clarke. we aren't economists, and we didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but we're still pretty sure that poverty is a direct result of...surprise...people not being paid enough!

Still, it gives him the opportunity to lose some of his Scrooge cred by pretending to be concerned about poverty. Perhaps he really is. In any event, we'll thank him for at least using his column to (however briefly) pay lip service to what we honestly believe is the biggest problem facing this city.

But unfortunately, it doesn't change the fact that he has a d-bag position on the living wage.

Man, we miss Joanna Soto Carabello. A wise old man once told us, "Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel," but its still worth it to let the ABH know how you feel, here.

By the way, according to, the average salary for a Senior Editor in Athens, GA is $73,347.00.

So, he could probably afford to pay a little more for his burrito.



Gigantor said...

Seems to me Winder is comparing Apples and Crescent Wrenches. He says someone will more than likely present him with a study to debunk this or that about living wage. Unless I'm mistaken this would more than likely be some sort of socio-economic study. He then goes on to say that he does not put full faith in studies because someone once tried to convince him the World was merely 2,500 years old. That seems to be a religious or mainly scientific study.

I realize intelligent thoughts require proofs and studies to back up their claims....but come on. One of these things is not like the other.

Jmac said...

And it wasn't like this was the most in-depth analysis of a living wage, either. Pretty much just said 'I'd have to pay more, and that sucks' ... when there are tons of ways to encourage a living wage without directly impacting small businesses.

Publius said...

It's easier to snark at the people trying to change the world than to try to join them.

We should know. That's why we blog.

andyrusk said...


That Winders guy is an asshole.

hillary said...

But note that he's got a history of being flippant in his column, which I kind of like, a lot of times.

Jmac said...

That ain't exactly the best way to go about getting an endorsement Andy, but fair enough. :)

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

Everyone...well not everyone, but everyone with Winders' point of view...seems to ignore the other side of the coin, which is that when people get paid more they have more to SPEND at the same businesses that are having to pay marginally more for wages. Kindof like a "trickle up" theory I guess, but it works. Come on, business owners, give it a shot; I think you'll like it.