posted on Sep, 23 2011 @ 06:45 PM
reply to post by TheWalkingFox
Sorry buddy. You learn history. 1870s-1910s, greatest period of economic growth in American, perhaps World History. This timeframe setup the
ability for Henry Ford to pay his workers $5 per day=that's 1.5 oz of gold per week. That's 6 ounces of gold per month. Now maybe math is
non-fiction to you. 6 ounces of gold x $1700 (today's levels)=$10,200 per month= $122,400 per year! All for what? Putting a part on a car on the
moving assembly line, which was a great innovation that was helped along by the policies that existed at the time. And Ford wasn't forced to pay his
workers great wages, neither were the other mega-rich people you love to hate. There was no minimum wage. There was no federal income tax, which
means that those workers kept their income. There was no social security or medicare, but people saved for their retirement and healthcare costs,
which even when adjusted for inflation were much, much lower. His workers could buy the cars they made. The American Middle Class was built during
this era. The 1950s-1960s seemed great and like a socialist paradise, but it's when all the wealth really started getting plundered and it opened
the door to the lost decade stagflation of the 1970s and the steep recession of the early 1980s. And we only continued to do the same since then.
That period is when this country was built, when it became the top economy globally, when the Middle Class was built, etc. You learn history buddy.
I don't hate Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, or any of the mega rich titans from the time; they built real things and innovated, which helped create
wealth for everybody across the board and set up the wonderful future America would have. Today's titans, create fraudulent derivatives and play
phony paper games to generate wealth. That historical period wasn't ideal in terms of human rights and even other conditions for workers (at times
horrible); however it was a lot better at that time and for the future it would build than what we have now. You learn history, and view it from more
than one angle and then you decide what's right. Remember how bad China was in the 1990s, and yet it built all this great wealth. It got better in
the 2000s and they continue to build all this great wealth. It will be much better for them in 20 years from now in all likelihood. They're living
their 1870s-1910s in many respects. You can criticize it all you want, but their future looks far brighter than ours right now.