By Steve Eggleston

I’ve been struggling to understand why the Left is happy with the worst post-recession recovery since before the Great Depression. Then I happened upon this MacIver Institute story on a Milwaukee Area Technical College economics professor who also is the director of the local chapter of something called the Center of the Advancement of the Steady State Economy while catching up on my e-mail before crossing into Canada for my annual Canadian fishing trip.

Everything the Left, and especially Barack Obama, has done and called for in the last several years suddenly clicked when I read over MacIver’s reporting on CAASE. The cornerstone of this vision “truly green economy” is a “stabilized” population. Given the human drive to procreate, guess what needs to be heavily utilized to have zero population growth. If you said “abortion on demand”, give yourself a pat on the back.

That, however, is but a small part of what Obama calls a “fundamental transformation”. Another key element is both a mandated minimum and a mandated maximum income. Any wonder why there’s both a push for a $15/hour minimum wage and a war on “unequal” CEO pay?

CAASE also calls for a 30-hour workweek. Not at all coincidentally, that is the PlaceboCare definition of “full time”.

Small, densely-populated cities (which, ironically, is the primary cause of any human-derived change in climate in the form of the urban heat island) with bicycles as the primary mode of individual transportation is also a goal of CAASE. It isn’t exactly a coincidence that a key feature in new street construction is dedicated bicycle lanes.

This morning I wrote about a business that answered the $15 minimum wage in SF with Robots eliminating many of those positions. Via Lynn on Twitter we see a SF business that has gone in the other direction

since April, along with newly printed menus, every table sports a laminated card explaining just what a “living wage pizza” means.

All workers now earn $15 to $25 an hour as part of an experimental business model that also did away with gratuities and raised prices, making meals at all five locations “sustainably served, really … no tips necessary.”

The Result? A $30 pizza and a 25% drop in sales and the loss of lunch hours for some workers and more:

“The necessity of paying people a living wage in the Bay Area is clear, so it’s hard to argue against it, and it’s something I’m really proud to be able to try doing,” he said. “At the same time, I’m terrified of going out of business after 18 years.”

I predict a chain of robot Pizza shops in the area soon.

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There is a new fast food chain that is opening up in San Francisco per this report at KQED:

San Francisco’s Newest Fast Food: Healthy, Cheap and Served by Robots

Do tell:

Across the country, restaurants are looking for innovative ways to keep humans out of the picture. But what’s unique about Eatsa is the focus on health and taste. It’s a fully-automated experience, so Eatsa can afford to offer high-quality food for less. Workers’ salaries account for about 30 percent of the restaurant industry’s costs.

The team spent over two years rigorously testing the texture of the sauces and the grain to optimize the taste. Eatsa will also offer a range of beverages, which are sugar-free or low in sugar. Eatsa plans to open two more locations in the coming months, including a restaurant in Los Angeles.

This story is likely no surprise for our regular readers but for our friends on the left it must come as quite a shock that they have made this alternative cost effective:

Yup, technology will serve the meals, not unskilled, inexperienced, $15 an hour, coffee break and maternity/paternity leave humans. Thanks to unions and Leftists, the poor will get poorer, those in poverty will have fewer opportunities to get out from under and the techies will continue to take over the world.

And given the situation already in California before this happened:

The latest figures, for 2013, show California’s housing cost adjusted poverty rate to be 23.4 percent, nearly half again as high as the national average of 15.9 percent.

Back in the years when the nation had a “California Dream,” it would have been inconceivable for things to have gotten so bad — particularly amidst what is widely hailed as a spectacular recovery. The 2013 data shows California to have the worst housing cost adjusted poverty rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. But it gets worse. California’s poverty rate is now more than 50 percent higher than Mississippi, which long has set the standard for extreme poverty in the United States (Figure 1).

And the migration of those still able to leave that began long before

How bad are things in California? California’s domestic migration has been negative every year since at least 1990. In fact, since 1990, according to the U.S. Census, 3,642,490 people, net, have left California. If they were in one city, it would be the third largest city in America, with a population 800,000 more than Chicago and within 200,000 of Los Angeles’ population.

It’s very likely that we will see California revert to the old feudal days of powerful rich landowners and peons with nothing who will have only the state and the church to sustain them.  That is of course if the feudal lords of the left allow the church to remain.

 

Two closing thoughts:

1.   As this chain expands how long will it take for other chains needing to compete with them to also go the robot route?

2.  How much longer will it be before the cooks are replaced by machines too?

 

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I have yet to be replaced by a Robot so the only way I can keep doing this full time is if my pay comes from you. My annual goal is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

For a Donald Trump the 22K that would cover my expenses for the and the extra $10K that would pay for the roof, car, floor kitchen and bathroom repairs that I had to put on plastic would be nothing and if my traffic was the size of a Drudge getting enough people to kick in to cover those bills would likely not be an issue.

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One of m1776y favorite things for many years were the games of the Avalon Hill company.

From Civilization (the game where you need to give up a day’s sleep to play, but it’s worth it) to Age of Renaissance, to 1830 (a Railroad game), Source of the Nile and dozens of others I exercised my mind in playing these board games for years.  Even after the coming of the PC my weekly gaming group often played AH games and still on occasion sneaks one in.

The appeal of these games was always two fold for me, the recreation of history in games like Third Reich to Wooden Ships and Iron Men and the challenge of pitting strategy against an opponent.

The most challenging player I ever faced was and remains one of my oldest friends, a man named David Sowerbutts.

Dave is hands down the most skillful player I know.  He is not only sharp of mind but has the uncanny ability in a multi player setting to convince a player to take a course of action that will always improve their prospect allowing them to finish 2nd place is a 5 or 6 player field while at the same time securing first place for him.

There was one particular game we played many years ago however that has stuck in my mind for decades.

The game was 1776 a re-creation of the American revolution.  the 16″ x 44″ game board covered from Georgia to Canada  Tactical cards that added individual battle tactics to a grand strategic game.  Seasonal and supply effects and the problems of raising and maintaining 1776_mapboth tory and patriot militias.

We were playing the campaign game.  I was the British and he was playing the Americans and from the look of things everything was going great.  His Rebel militias were being routed in the Carolinas.  My Canadian armies swept down toward Albany.     I was able to drive the rebels out of  Philadelphia and New York and neither the French nor the Continental Navy were able to stand up to me.

However while in my head I was reversing the mistakes of General Howe, Cornwallis , Clinton and Burgoyne and showing LaFayette & DeGrasse  just who owned America Dave was , as always, thinking practically.

We had both read the rules but instead of roleplaying he was remembering that in the campaign game, the British Victory Conditions REQUIRED that they hold Boston at the end.  It didn’t matter if I held very strategic town from Savannah to Ticonderoga nor if you couldn’t find a continental regular anywhere else on the map, as long as Boston was in rebel hands the game was his.

So knowing those conditions he played accordingly. Whenever the Continental army received reinforcement He quietly funnelled a small portion to Boston while sending the rest of his troops to be beaten.

He feinted north, parried South and thrust in the middle colonies and offered up one undersized, unsupplied army after another for destruction to my great delight all the time not paying much mind to the permanent supply depot, fort and spare artillery that over the course of the first 48 turns were being placed on the fortified hills of Dorchester heights.

It wasn’t until late in the game that I realized that while I was having a great time reconquering the rest of the 13 Colonies lot Dave was ready to win the game.  I forced marched every man I could spare north toward Boston but by then it was too late. His supply depot meant he could use smaller screening forces outside the city to delay me and his fortifications proved too strong to take in the time allotted. I was out of time and options, and the game was lost.

That’s the lesson that the various GOP candidates need to get through their heads in election 2016.

While the primary purpose of a war game is fun (and to be far for the first 48 turn of the game above I had a great time) the primary purpose of a primary campaign is to actually be elected.

And contrary to media reports the GOP primary is not won by the number of stories a candidate gets this summer or the number of dollars in a superpac or even the reaction of the newspapers.  The nominee is decided by getting the required number of delegates either by the end of the primary season or at the end of the convention.

While every GOP candidate needs to be visible in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada a smart GOP candidate will be doing several other things as well:

1.  Making sure they are on every possible ballot from California to Michigan including any delegate rich states near the end of the primary season so that no matter who is leading by the time that particular primary comes up, they are an alternative to that person.

2.  Visiting states in the middle and end of the primary pack.  These states are usually ignored till it’s too late and a visit now before the other candidates give them attention will be remembered.

3.  Playing as nice as possible with their 16 opponents so that their supporters have no reason to reject you if their candidate leaves the race.

4.  If the MSM conventional wisdom says “your campaign is done unless you do X or win in Y” ignore them.

Over the last two decades it’s been a rare thing when the eventual winner of the primary season was not clear by Super Tuesday, given the number of candidates, their ideological, and the amount of Superpac money in the war chests of several of them (not to mention Donald Trump’s personal fortune, we must assume the old rules are out the window.

If you don’t believe me ask yourself this question.  If anyone told you a year ago that the Iowa / Ames Straw poll would be cancelled because the GOP field would skip it for an event put on by a blog, what would you have said?

A Candidate who has a long-term plan, ignoring conventional wisdom and concentrating on something other than playing for the “big splash” will still be in the running in the end.  The candidate who doesn’t won’t have a shot at the 30% of the electorate who will have seen their favorite candidate eliminated by that time.

 

It’s that simple.