The company that owns some of America’s most-popular fast food chains, Inspire Brands, has been bragging internally about helping to kill the $15 minimum wage initiative in Congress. Inspire owns Arby’s, Sonic, Dunkin Donuts, and several other popular brands, and their workers are among those who rely heavily on federal assistance just to survive. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced