posted on Apr, 29 2012 @ 11:41 AM
I think people are largely getting hung up on this thread in partisan thinking. This is something that has been on my mind a lot throughout the last
few years, since occupy and the housing crash and all. The problem we have today, I think, is that more often than not the system favors people who
aren't exactly worthy of what they get. Let's take a look at blue collar vs white collar jobs:
In America, white collar jobs are more numerous than they should be IMO, it creates a lot of inefficiency and waste. Many such jobs don't entail much
more than supervising a team of people, often other "white collar" workers, yet these jobs yield quite a bit more money than say... your average
While theoretically, if you are a laborer or skilled tradesmen your pay may largely depend on the success of the business via supply and demand,
"free market capitalism" etc. Management positions are paid mostly by big business that holds a large portion of Americas wealth. Well, we don't
exactly live in a country that functions on supply and demand anymore, there is a plethora of problems. Such problems as:
1) Welfare-life programs offsetting the law of supply and demand. If the government doles out money for anything, it automatically changes the nature
of supply and demand. Food stamps for example, when the government gives people money for food, the price of food will rise so all people who don't
rely on the government for food (though they probably have enough income anyways) are subject to higher prices than if it was a truly free market. You
have to provide incentive and ease for/of people to get jobs so they can provide for themselves, but big business would rather go somewhere other than
America to find their laborers.
2) Over regulation and tax. There is so much regulation and a mountain of fees involved when doing anything related to starting, running and
maintaining a small business that it puts your blue collar guy with aspirations of starting his own business at a disadvantage. Everything favors big
business and in turn favors these white collar and management positions. While our roofer might destroy his body working all his life and know
everything there is to know about roofing, he will never be able to start his own business and he will never make the money to have the entitlements
and resources he needs to achieve success in our system.
3) And of course, the creeping corporate entity in America that is ever closing the gap on the American dream. Big business is not concerned with
equality, they are concerned with squeezing every last penny out of everything they can. Meanwhile, the government is taxing its more than fair share
on some of these products and services in cooperation with big business, while they should be in opposition to this if our representatives truly
represented us. Something like this does not have a "stopping point", it continues until it is so bad there will be some kind of social upheaval
So what's the problem? The problem is that when you have enough money to pay for a roof over your head, a meal, are disrespected if only to keep your
job, and you don't have much of a chance of ever moving up any ladder you are virtually a slave or an indentured servant. That is what a slave gets,
roof, food, disrespect. Whether you like it or not there are people (many) out there, that will routinely disrespect individuals when they know they
can get away with it because the individual's job is on the line. America is full of bigotry, corruption is a side effect of money and the
In order to have a "fair" system based on capitalism, you have to have an accurate way of determining what someone is really worth and a truly free
market. We have everything but this, the nature of the system is manipulated in order to funnel money and entitlement in certain directions. It's
basically a vast, complex system that has the same effect as a dynamic version of feudalism. People will inevitably be separated into different castes
and the rich will always seek to plunder the others, simply because they have the resources to do so. AKA class warfare.
Inheritance plays a part in this I think. A man who works all his life and makes a fortune the old fashioned way has learned some bits of wisdom and
has a sense of empathy for those that are on the same path as him. When he has a kid, all eventually all his wealth and possessions are passed
"freely" down to the child who hasn't learned these lessons you basically get a spoiled tyrant with no sense of what it takes to make money, he
only knows that he has it.
Ever wonder how different the country would be if after a person dies, all of his wealth and assets goes back to every American via tax refund? If
inheritance did not exist and everyone was forced to move up the ladder in the old fashioned way. Inheritance is inherently feudalism, a super rich
family doesn't see itself any different than a lord of old times.