When I was young; I had a dog. He was a good dog for the most part but he never would stay in his own yard. I tried everything I could think of but finally; when it became clear that he was not going to co-operate willingly; I had to buy one of those electric fences and collar combinations that gave him a small shock if he tried to leave the yard. I had to do this to force him to do what he should have done without it.
So when the Government sees that you; the 1%; the business owners; refuse to do what you should do as responsible employers; they must regulate your actions and punish your un-cooperative stubbornness by enacting regulations; the electric collar for Capitalists……….
……….I know you say that more government and more regulations are counterproductive. That they make it more difficult for small businesses to make a profit. I am sorry if that is true. Unfortunately we find ourselves in a situation where it may be necessary for everyone to bite the bullet.
The middle class are already biting it. The poor even more so and all the Republicans seem able to talk about is reducing Social Security and Medicare.
I agree that there are ways that Social Security should be changed. They should change the eligibility standards so that a person who makes “X” number of dollars from a pension; investment income; or any other income source is not eligible to collect Social Security. Social Security was never conceived as a way to give an extra thousand a month to wealthy folks. It is supposed to allow poor people and disabled people to receive that minimal starvation payment after they have worked their whole lives to no lasting benefit.
Most American workers do end up with virtually nothing after they retire. Big pensions are for executives and highly paid scientists etc; not for the average worker. In this day and age it is difficult for a worker to stay in one place long enough to qualify for a pension. Since so many companies have gone to hiring more and more part-time workers to avoid paying for health care; retirement; etc; even staying in one job won’t work. Not to mention the problem that if all they will hire is part-time; a man will have to work two part-time jobs just to survive. Neither will provide health insurance; retirement; vacation; or any other benefits that full-time workers may receive.
I believe that a man; any man deserves the best health care technologically available no matter his ability to pay. I don’t think health care is a privilege.
As far as the unions go; I understand the corruption that unions have represented and I understand and I understand that from a big business standpoint they are the enemy. That is only true and we only need unions because the business owners have never been willing to pay a fair wage or provide the benefits that their workers deserve. As we see by the extreme measures they are willing to take to avoid paying for Obamacare for their employees.
They have; however; been willing to work a man 90 hours a week until he drops; work his children as he does the adults; fire him if he becomes ill; and lay him off with no income when times become a bit tough.
So while you may not like unions (and they aren’t my favorite entities either) we have no option as long as the greed of the 1% keeps the workers unable to get a fair shake on their own.
If you are a small business; I doubt that unions are of much concern to your hiring and pay practices as they mostly affect the larger industries but there are exceptions of course.
I see this as a difference in concept. The wealthy believe they are so important to business that they can disregard the needs and rights of the workers; the worker feel that the wealthy would have a hell of a time producing widgets with out assembly line workers and so they deserve consideration.
As far as “you didn’t build that” goes; I don’t think you were paying enough attention to what The President said. You apparently paid much attention to the Republican deceptions about his words and meaning.
“You didn’t build that” doesn’t have anything to do with government assistance in building your business.
Assuming that you don’t run a one man business; we must assume you have employees; we must assume that you have people you buy stock and or supplies from.
When you started your business; like any good Republican and most Democrats; you agreed to allow the bank to make money from your business as well. Why? Because you couldn’t have started the business without a loan.
If you need to advertize your business; there are people who will design and carry out a program for you.
If you need to ship product; there are all the people who move the product to the next destination for you. Truck drivers; railroad workers; etc.
Again there are the employees who make or sell or import or otherwise produce or handle the product for you. Office staff; janitorial staff; the fireman who responds to put out your fire; the cop who stops a break-in; the guy who washes your windows etc; the list goes on and on.
Without these people; you would still be standing in the middle of an open field dreaming of owning your own business. You have to see that it is the height of conceit to claim to have built a business; any business alone; unless you own the Psychiatry 5 cents stand over by Lucy Van Pelt’s house.
When people work directly for you; they are your employees; they are the people deserving of the most thanks for their help every day to make your business work and succeed.
If you have full health care; so should they. If you no longer have to struggle just to survive because of your business then neither should they.
This is why they work. They shouldn’t have to own a business to get health care. They should never have to watch as you line your pockets with the profits from a business they helped to build while they are making minimum wage or wages so low a person can’t afford to live on them. They should never have to watch you drive a Lincoln while they walk or take a bus to work. They don’t have to have a Lincoln but if they can’t afford a Chevy; you should be driving a Chevy so they can afford one. Because really; not having a vehicle at all in this country; today; is just not acceptable. Just some examples of specifics but the issue isn’t so much about items or specifics; it’s about fair play and fair pay. If your business isn’t able to carry your employees up with you; something is wrong. People hitch their wagon to your business because they believe they will benefit from its success as you do. But you have always refused that notion; believing that workers are fortunate to be working and should take what they are offered and shut up.
When you went into your business did you believe you would become some sort of privileged aristocrat just because you put up the money. Did you believe that you were wholly responsible for the building of that business? Really? Did you never intend to give credit to all the employees and others who work hard to make this happen for you? You deserve credit for your idea and your investment and your own work which I am sure is considerable; but not all the credit. You deserve to make a profit; but not at the expense of your workers. You deserve the loyalty of your employees but only as far as you are willing to share the wealth enough to allow them to live decently. If all your business does is raise your own standard of living; it is a wasted effort; unless you can figure a way for every person to have their own business. When you build a business, it is intended to improve your life and the lives of those who work for you. If not; then that business is not contributing to the well-being of our nation.
The problem is that not everyone can have their own little money-making machine like you do.
If you own a business and take home say; half a million a year from it; is it right that you should only pay the guy who sweeps up twenty thousand a year? NO I’m afraid not. Do you really need a million a year to live very well? No. Can that sweep-up guy make it on twenty thousand? NO
You see the disparity? Everyone deserves to live well or decently for their work not just the guy who needs it least; the guy who put up money. If you don’t see the fairness and the rightness of this then you better take a long look in the mirror; and open your eyes this time.
If you want and expect a person to work hard for you so you can succeed; you must feed them.
Why should a person work for you for thirty or forty years if all you pay them is starvation wages and no benefits worthy of the name? I don’t get it.
You’ll say if he wants to eat he’ll work. He’ll work because he has to survive.
That means that you admit to exploiting these people because you can; because you are in a position of financial superiority. “Bathe me in Champagne; let the workers live in the filth.” ” I’ll have the Filet Mignon; my worker will have a Hot Dog”