Okay, lets see. We are definitely the richest country in the world, but we are NOT the most educated. In most other industrialized countries, usually, the citizens can speak more than one language--we cannot even get half of our population to speak english (our native language) anywhere near correctly. Unlike other countries, we do not know history too well and we do not value education nearly as much as we should except for its ability to increase our chances of obtaining employment. Regarding corporations, we are now to believe that THEY have high tax rates--compared to what? Rediculously high workman's comp rates? Right, why should we care about someone who was injured on the job. Workman's comp does not even pay 100% of what the employee was making. Finally, half the reason kids today expect that the world owes them something is because advertising (corporate america ) tells them they deserve it and that they've got to have this particular thing. Even though many corporations are not trying to be sleazy per say, their line of thinking leads them right down that path anyway. What would you expect to happen when increasing profits, decreasing costs, and keeping the business afloat are THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS to the business. I have worked in many businesses and do you know what I have found? I have found the businesses themselves will tell you that they will let people go because payroll is the biggest expense they have--or they will have their work done in another country. We have been duped into not even noticing the twisted nature of believing that the business is all important. This non-entity, an abstract idea, really just a front for the rich owners, is more important than the people who work for them.
As for me, I won't shop at Walmart ( unlike their claim, little of what they sell is made in america and they treat their employees like **** as is reflected in their pay and benefits--I know since I worked their for a little while before my first clinical job), my car is made in Japan, and I do not go to McDonalds (one of the "Big Three" in sleazy fast food chain restaurants).
What about the the Ceo's of some asian countries that take pay cuts rather than lay off people when its time for the business to tighten its belt?
Gee, I wonder if its because the employer sees the benefit of retaining its employees so that the business still has a chance of doing well. I wonder if they feel some measure of responsibility to their employees. I wonder if these business realize that these are their people and throwing citizens out on the street so that you can make even more money is very short sighted to say the least. I wonder how it is that those of you in favor of corporate america don't see it as sleazy that many companies will hire only part time employees so that they do not have to give them benefits. Why does even our federal government give one month vacation a year to its employees STARTING WITH THEIR VERY FIRST YEAR, but nearly every private company give only two weeks until many years have passed?
Yes, I believe that everyone should be responsible, productive, and accountable, but I am so tired of these pro big business people spewing nonsense about, essentially, 'Survival of the Fittest'. We are not a nomadic society, vagabonds, nor wild animals living in the woods. WE ARE A CIVILIZATION--WE NEED TO BE TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER AS WELL AS TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES. We have become this so that we as a whole survive and grow--like one big family and families look out for one another. This 'every man for himself' thing will not work for us humans--sorry to tell you. As I have mentioned in other posts, I know that for the most part, the differences between democrats and republicans is largely a thinly veiled distraction. It is the same age old class war where differences are contrived to be important to keep us fighting while the CEOs take all the money and as long as we allow this, yes, RAPING to continue, everthing detrimental to our society will grow and everything beneficial will dwindle. Someone on this board mentioned an understanding, perhaps which they cited from somewhere, of the meaning of wealth. Wealth is not a certain amount of money, it is the sense that one no longer needs to be in survival mode anymore--that their basic needs will be met--yes with effort and sometimes resistance from natural occurences, not with resistance from our own kind. This is so that, as humans and unlike the other animals on this planet, we can devote our time to more intellectual pursuits and goals, do greater things, and become more than we are.
Many times it has been mentioned by some on this board that without capitalism, big corporations, and the money to be had from it, what would be the incentive for anyone to work hard or at all? I am 36 yrs old and not an idealistic child, but are we so far gone that we cannot even see how we could be productive without greed as a motivator? Is this how we choose our friends and mates for life, too? Should we believe or accept the fact that humans in this country are motivated by greed, fear, hate, and desire? Do ethics, morality, compassion, or character even enter into the human equation anymore? I am pretty sure that this latter set does not usually enter into the equation for businesses, but it should for us--especailly for nurses. Bye for now.