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Megan McArdle

McDonald's Jobs Are Drive-Thru, Not Dead End

If you are a middle-class professional trying to replicate your lifestyle on McDonald's wages, you are bound to feel panic and outrage. But that’s not actually the task facing people who work at McDonald's.

Almost 20 years after I installed my first "Open Bloomberg" terminal as a technology consultant in New York City, I seem to have come full circle. I'm typing this from a desk in Bloomberg LP's Washington office, where I am surrounded by four monitors. And, not incidentally, some of the best writers and editors I know.

I'll be blogging, as always, on your favorite topics: business, economics, public policy, with a little bit of cooking thrown in. Only now I'll be doing it with full access to a Bloomberg terminal, which is like giving an 8-year-old full access to a Hershey warehouse (not to mention Bloomberg's legendary free snacks).