posted by centurion1211
DW, the difference between your beliefs and mine is that I want to see my fellow Americans earn their good life, not have it handed to them on the
backs of other people who are working hard to earn the good life through taxes and other government entitlement giveaway programs. You claim to be a
'socialist' in other posts, but your stated views seem a little farther down the spectrum than that. [Edited by Don W]
Socialism once meant the state ownership of the means of production. It was tried in the UK in the period 1945-1955. It did not “fail” but neither
did it “work.” As a key part of the socialist experiment the Brits adopted - and still have - the National Health Service. Like every country
other than the US, they are able to provide health care to all its citizens and inhabitants, at a cost usually 50%-60% of the price Americans pay for
a seriously flawed piece-meal system that serves best the AMA, AHA, PMA and the American Insurance Industry. And Republican politicos. But you knew
“Earn” you say? Starting at $5.15 an hour with no fringes. Theodore Roosevelt asked Congress for a “LIVING wage” law in 1912. We came close to
that in the late 1930s and 1940s, but we began to falter with the election of Eisenhower and it has gotten successively worse, invariably in the terms
of Republican presidents. Entirely predictable. I don't put much credence in those who espouse the virtue of "earning your own way" in this world
with such a tilted playing field. Today's socialist wants to see a level playing field. Competition and not mergers, acquisitions and monopolies.
Managerial compensation related not only to corporate profit but to employee wage levels, too.
I guess you were referring to these fellows: Bob Nardelli, Home Depot, $31,727,000; Daniel Amos, Aflac, $30,514,000; Duane Ackerman, BellSouth,
$15,072,000; Richard Smith, Equifax, $7,651,000; Neville Isdell, Coca-Cola, $3,503,000; David Ratcliffe, Southern, Co., $6,130,000; Richard Anthony,
Synovus Financial, $3,581,000; Mike Eskew, UPS, $2,500,000; Phillip Humann, Sun Trust Bank, $2,400,000. All of the above work in the Atlanta area and
are not the CEOs of the company. I visited there last week and saw this story how the rich get richer and richer still. Aflac's Mr Amos was the King
of Greed raising his own pay 375% last year up from $8,557,000 the prior year.
I wonder if any of those guys even know what the minimum wage is? I’m sure they don’t care, for I’ve never heard one of them urge Bush43 to
raise the $5.15. How long do you think one of them would survive living on the street?
[edit on 10/16/2006 by donwhite]