a reply to: burdman30ott6
Economics as it runs these days does not work so simply.
For a start, the reason prices go up is bugger all to do with what the working people get paid, and has not been for some time. The two real price
boosters are as follows.
Commodities, that is where the percentages take off. Report a possible global grain shortage, and bread becomes unreasonably expensive. Under report
the number of barrels of oil lying about underground in a given location and all of a sudden every litre at the pumps gets boosted in price. Set an
oilfield burning, and you have to mortgage your next drive into town, your next shower, bath, or having the heating on.
Over paid executives at present take more of the percentage of total pay in large companies, than has ever been seen before, despite the fact that
they are by far the least necessary individuals in the company, incapable of performing any of the roles below their position, in all but a
statistically irrelevant number of cases. People do not work their way to the top of companies by and large these days. They do showy, big,
temporarily impressive things, and get themselves headhunted into bigger and better positions. That does not make them the best people for a given
job, just the most interesting candidate. Put simply, the only people more utterly redundant in company structure, than over paid executive officers,
are the total morons who headhunted them in the first place. You show me a person being paid more than a million pounds in a year to do ANY job, and I
will show you a person who is not only far from being worth the money, but a person who knows it, and gets off on getting away with it.
Meanwhile, over worked, and underpaid staff at the bottom, whose efforts are the only thing that actually makes a company work worth a damn, get
crapped on from a height, cannot afford to feed their families reliably, heat their homes, and so on and so forth. Literally, the scale of the pay at
the top, is one of the primary factors which means that people lower down get less than they are worth. If those at the top took a twenty percent pay
cut, which they could well afford, since that would still leave many of them being overpaid by many hundreds of thousands, or even millions of pounds,
and that surplus were paid to the real powerhouses of industry, then things would be balanced, and the economy could be fed from the top, and from the
bottom, and achieve balance and stability. Never happens, and the only real reason for that is greed, pure, simple, primal and senseless greed.
After these two factors, the others pale into total statistical irrelevance.
And on the issue of welfare...
Half the reason we even have a problem paying our welfare bills are nothing to do with the people on welfare, the number of them, or the number of
pounds sterling it costs to keep that system working. The taxman likes to go after the little guy, and go after them hard. A person makes one genuine
mistake with their paperwork, and they could get a ruinous, fine, leading to the loss of a business or a family home, or a jail term, or both. Google,
Starbucks, those are two big names which have been bought up in recent years over this, but they got irrelevant fines, and let's face it, the
government did not really want to go after them. It was only the austerity situation that forced their hand, a situation they INVENTED, to the cost of
all of the citizens in our nation.
The companies that supply government with goods and services though, routinely overcharge for those goods and services by hundreds of percent, and
then, not happy with fleecing the taxpayer once, go ahead and bank off shore, and do not pay the proper amount of tax. The people who supply Her
Majesties Revenue and Customs (the tax department), for example, have been getting away with this for at least two decades, although the names of the
companies under which they have achieved it have changed, but the game is the same, the players all known, and no one bats an eye. That's right, the
people who own the buildings out of which our tax department operate, the people who have exclusive rights to supply the tax department with all their
physical resources, maintenance needs, those people, that company, what ever they are calling it this year, are all on the take BIG TIME, and nothing
will ever be done, because someone with a big name is calling the shots.
That is to say, that the government department responsible for ensuring our nations taxes are collected correctly, are colluding with, or at the very
least aware of but powerless to stop their own department from being SKINNED to the tune of TENS OF BILLIONS OF POUNDS A YEAR, by a private company.
No one held to account, no one even questioned. That is just ONE government department. There are countless departments in our government. Myriad
appendages and tendrils. Each of them has its very own cancer, to match the one which sits firmly upon the arteries of our tax system. We loose more
from individual departments every year, in what amounts to treasonous levels of theft, than we ever do from having a few too many welfare cheques
going out in a given year, by a bloody mile and a half.
The system is corrupt, broken, manipulated and starved by the parasites who claim to run it on our behalf, and by the people whose riches have paid
for their silence in such matters. The idea that rising wages means rising prices, the idea that welfare increases cannot be supported by taxation,
are propaganda emplaced in the minds of the people, for the purpose of keeping them contained and controlled, so that they are easier to rob. Between
the manipulation of my people by forces they understand either poorly, or not at all, and the scale of the rot, it is a problem which even the folk
who are aware of it and loathe it, are ill equipped to even BEGIN to deal with.