You say: The McRib [..] has been with us on and off over the last three decades of underregulated corporate growth, erosion of organized labor, the shift to an “ideas” economy and skyrocketing obesity rates.
Wow, a bit of a liberal slant there? How about increasingly overregulated *everything* and the continuance of the union cartels strangling growth? Letting the market control the prices for goods, services, and salaries might have kept us from the increasing economic catastrophe of the last few decades. Put simply, the government, and organized coercion by labor groups don't know how to properly allocate resources, and they never will. Only things like supply and demand and the customer voting with their dollars can sensibly decide how to allocate resources.