a reply to: AugustusMasonicus
Appreciate your thoughts and insights. Excellent OP and thread contributions.
Please excuse this insertion. I've read through most of the thread...and wanted to contribute...
A lot of wishful thinking in this thread…
Yeah – “You
should eat the costs, and let ME
reap the rewards (no inflation
)… I don’t care about math or
economics…just...let me have things the way I want them.” [/sarcasm]
That’s about as intelligent as the opposing arguments seem to go.
I worked for years developing my craft & product.
At one point, an ‘employer’ said – “Hey – you’re good”…and…promoted me to a lot
more responsibility, but with little
improvement in compensation.
At the time, I was simply happy to have work when so many others did not…and…worked my A** off to keep the employer’s clients satisfied. This
LITERALLY meant that…in order to continue giving the product that had ‘pleased’ the clients previously…I had to do the work of 4 out of 5 that
had been added to the team…
After many months of this, with the responsibilities increasing almost exponentially (going from 5 to 75 in six months, and in the process of
increasing to 150 subordinates
)…and little-more reward for my efforts…I resigned.
My work/product had impressed many…and – they (those that had been impressed
) offered me contracts.
I put up the money to start a business (a requirement to accept/service said contracts
), then…had to find others to deliver the
product & service the contracts.
Everyone I considered hiring (to deliver the product I had developed…which was, likewise, the product I was contracted to provide
that had been ‘in the business’ (those with experience
) said – “You’re crazy! ---- I’m not going to do that! ----
That is WAY too much work…and…You Can’t Make Me Do It…”
So, I hired absolute Trainees…and…trained them… Wrote training materials/manuals (materials & training that had not been provided me,
or any of those I’d worked with, through the years
), paid them to attend the training sessions… etc …
They were making more money than they’d ever made before…and still…would/could not deliver the product…
So – I had to do what I’d done before…which was --- do the bulk of their work for them.
I was working 12-18 hours a day…7 days a week…and still always slightly behind the expectations of the clients.
All those that worked ‘for me’ were making bank… until …I had a heart attack.
Within two weeks of the heart attack, I was back at it…because I saw that we were not going to be able to service the contracts…if I did not.
When that contract was up…I continued to pay these ‘trainees’ for three months…in hopes that they would recognize that I cared for them, and
was willing to lose money, just to keep them going.
They (with the exception of 2…out of 15
) made no adjustment/s to their work ethic/s, and…finally – with the physical issues
and…no hope of developing a group of ‘employees’ that cared enough to WORK to maintain the standard of living I had given them the opportunity
to attain…I shut the business down.
I could take the blame for all of it…
Or – I could be honest, and admit that there is a “The World Owes Me” sentiment that is so prevalent in our society that – I see no hope for
the future of free enterprise in the U.S.A.
Like so many others… I wish Everyone could live, and live comfortably on their salaries/incomes…But – I am, admittedly…TIRED…of being the
one that earns their income/s for them…
I live no better than they (and, in many cases, I live at a much lower ‘standard’
) – and they don’t even acknowledge that it
was my work that kept them ‘working’ and getting ‘paychecks’…
This isn’t even a tirade.
This isn’t even Socialism… It’s an ‘I DESERVE’ capitalistic society.
Who’s to blame?