posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 09:13 PM
This is kind of like the proverbial economic question..."Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"
The big problem with wealth, corporations, and jobs going over seas is two fold:
A- Ethics and morals in being wealthy and successful.
B- Over regulation by the government.
There used to be a time when a successful company in America shared it's success with it's workers. Especially after WWII. A person could go to work
with a big company and, if they performed, could count on retiring with that company. They could also count on being valued as a "comapny person"
with great benefits, retirement, health, stocks, etc.
Now a days, it is all very "mercinary." Companies have no loyalty to their workers and workers likewise hold no loyalty to them. As the demands for
ever increasing profits kicked in, where do they come from?
Higher prices on the shelf and market? More efficient operations? Usually, it was a reduction in worker benefits and compensation. We see the
reduction in avg. house hold income and wages. We see the influx of immigrants... legal and illegal... into the work place at a significantly reduced
pay rate, which inturn undermines pay across the entire industries. We see companies switching to "temporary" workers. And then to just shipping
jobs overseas... for even lower wages.
The problem with this is they are gutting the consumer market of disposable income and then seem perplexed that we have no means to buy the imported
products that we used to make. Kind of like a cannibal that eats his own legs and then seems suprised that he can't walk.
Greed and selfishness.... poor morals and ethics in business ownership and success.
Secondly, over regulation by the government. Why would someone want to start or keep a business here when there are impact studies, temporary fees and
applications for use... no guarantee that they will be approved and no refund on application fee even if not approved. Then there are EPA studies,
Dept of Labor, OSHA, Haz-Mat, property taxes, rules and fees and taxes and regulations at the local, state, federal level.
And when you open up and succeed, there are taxes upon taxes, more regulation mandates... it never ends. That is the USA.
Now, if I want to open a manufacturing plant in Bangladesh... I have cheap labor with little government oversight, few EPA rules and oversight, cheap
materials, and then a government that gladly lets me run my business because they get their cut and taxes for their country... basically legislated
government bribes in the form of laws.
We have pretty much run business and corporations away from America. A smaller version is in the migration of businesses from say... New York or the
North East to North Carolina and the South. People and businesses are leaving NY, California, and the like in droves for lower taxes, lower
regulations, a lower cost of living, lower wages, less Union influence...
As for wealth, the individual creates their own wealth. Surely there are those that were born into money. However, there are many more that create
their own standard of living.
There was a time when everyone wanted to be rich and successful. The definitions vary from person to person, but for the most part... we all have a
vision of what success looks like. That usually includes more money and material possessions and a satisfaction of having done it yourself...
overcoming the odds.
How was this to happen? Education... real life as well as school, hard work, sacrifice, literally counting pennies and watching expenses, rising early
before the sun came up and generally working past the setting of sun. Realizing that the return on these investments will be years in the making.
You can read biographies of heroes and great Americans... in society, business, military, entertainment... they really did all of the above. Lee
Iaccoca, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, George Patton, ...
Today I worked 10 hours managing a store for a farm supply company, then I came home and cut firewood for delivery tommorrow. Tommorrow I will get up
about 430am, be outside and feed the farm animals about 6am, capture 2 goats I will deliver at 730am, return home at 830am with more money in my
pocket, load the firewood on my truck, deliver that and make more money, then be at my regular job at 11am and get off tommorrow night about 9pm.
My wife and I also have a farmstand that we open and sell mostly stuff we grow... this fall it's been tomatoes, pumpkins, mums, and apples... straw
and hay bales. We opened this up in September, but had been planning and planting, and building it since June. We are amazed at the sales we have out
in the middle of no where but we have done a good job of promoting, road signage, and word of mouth.
We are on the road to success through the sacrifices described above. A few years from now, I will not tolerate someone telling me I should be ashamed
to be successful. And yes, we did build that.