Restaurant Automation Is Almost a Guarantee

Consumer preferences, reduced technology costs and government policies that increase labor costs are driving a trend toward automation in the restaurant business. If you make something more convenient and less expensive, it tends to catch on.

As recently as the 1960s, gas-station employees would rush to fill your car’s tank, wash the windows, check the oil and put air in the tires. Telephone operators made your long-distance calls and bank tellers cashed your checks. Those jobs now are either gone or greatly diminished.

Today, we reduce jobs whenever we shop on Amazon instead of our local retail outlet, use an Uber app rather than calling a cab dispatcher, order a pizza online, use an airport kiosk to print boarding passes, or scan groceries. Each of these changes in behavior has increased convenience and reduced labor costs—and competitive businesses pass the savings to their customers.

The Costs of Mass Deportation

One of the more foolish statements of Mr. Cruz and Mr. Trump (the two least qualified candidates in the race) is their love of saying that they would deport anyone here illegally. I am sorry but I simply do not want to pay that much in taxes to do that and if their supporters could actually use a calculator, they wouldn’t want it either.

My gut is that Mr. Cruz and Mr. Trump would both renege on this campaign promise. Mr. Trump calls Mr. Cruz “Lying Ted” in this regard, Mr. Trump is correct but the bad news is that Lying Ted should call the Republican nomination current leader, Lying Donald. Thank goodness Mr. Kasich understands how to do math and has a reasonable agenda.

A Bernie Sanders supporter called me last night

I live in Ohio, so I wasn’t surprised that last night I received a call asking me to support a Presidential candidate. I was surprised that the candidate was Bernie Sanders.
I almost felt sorry for him but in the end, I did suggest that when he hung up that he should leave the volunteer center and go home and stop trying to ruin America now that he had received a lesson in economics and voting record.