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Op-Ed: California Dreamin' for Fast-Food Workers Will Hurt, Not Help

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

This article was authored by Andy Puzder for on September 2, 2022.

It doesn’t happen often, but about a week ago there was a tweet that made my day. Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in the world, posted a picture of himself finishing a Big Mac and fries with the caption "My first job. And still the same great burger. Happy Sunday!"

That’s right – the man who founded Amazon and created the most incredible distribution system in human history, got his start with a minimum wage job at McDonald’s. Just as impressive, despite the fact that his tremendous wealth means he can have any meal he desires, he sometimes still prefers a classic American burger and fries that virtually any American can afford.

In three short sentences, it was a tweet about so many things that make America exceptional. It was about opportunity and a path from the working class to, well, anywhere your ambition may take you. It was about a dream – the American Dream – that actually can come true.

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