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George Will: 'Progressive' McDonald's Is 'Deep in an Identity Crisis'

By    |   Friday, 19 June 2015 11:00 AM EDT

Legendary conservative columnist George Will isn't too impressed with McDonald's shift toward more healthy foods.

"In January, McDonald’s, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers," he writes in The Washington Post.

"In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal. Kale might or might not cause construction workers to turn at 6 a.m. into McDonald’s drive-through lines, where approximately two-thirds of McDonald’s customers place their orders."

You probably caught the sarcasm.

"Progressives are forever telling us who is and who is not on the right side of history. Many fastidious progressives deplore, and try to control other people’s food choices," Will says, citing San Francisco as the latest example.

"It will be instructive watching the progressive burger company try to persuade its chosen constituents to stop at McDonald’s on the way home from Whole Foods, their environmentally responsible, because reusable, shopping bags overflowing with kale."

You may have noticed a little more sarcasm there.

"McDonald’s, deep in an identity crisis, is awakening tardily to Ira Gershwin’s truth: The Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, they’re only made of clay. Everything is perishable, and history is a story of vanished supremacies," he said.

Meanwhile, McDonald's has raised the minimum wage at its non-franchised restaurants. But Tim Worstall, a fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London, offers an interesting argument against the movement to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15 an hour from $7.25 currently.

"A $15 minimum wage would put all workers in the U.S. into the global 1 percent by income," he writes on Forbes.com. "Given that the U.S. labor force is rather larger than merely 1 percent of the global labor force this isn’t really going to work, is it?"

Seattle and Los Angeles already have implemented plans to boost the minimum wage to that level. And companies such as McDonald's and Wal-Mart are lifting their minimum pay too, though not to $15.

Worstall goes further than simply endorsing a $7.25 minimum. "In theory I’m against there being a minimum wage at all," he states. "After all, 96 percent of Americans earn more than the current one so there’s obviously something other than just that minimum wage which causes decent wages to be paid."

Any minimum wage shouldn't exceed 50 percent of median wages, he says.

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