reply to post by Phoenix
As usual, I agree with the crux of your argument. But, in this case, with a caveat.
Of course there are many issues involved in the complexity that we call our world. Things are rarely as cut and dry as right vs left, or black vs
white, or rich vs poor. There are always nuances, extenuating and mitigating factors, and layers of intrigue and involvement.
But in this case an issue that is dear to me is being skirted... the notion of the "job creator" and the myth of "I built this myself".
As it happens I worked for a short while for the man in question here, John Schnatter, about a decade ago. it was a second job, four hours per night,
four days per week, that I took out of boredom and a desire to have a bit more money to spend on my ex that coming holiday season. So I am familiar
with his story and that of his company.
Credit where credit is due - he did start with a pizza oven and a backroom. But a backroom in a building owned by his father. He had help
Once he hired his first driver, and cook... he had help.
And so on.
Had John Schnatter relied solely upon John Schnatter - he might have a living and an OK life... making one pizza at a time and then rushing to deliver
it. Or just cooking and working the cash register in a walk in only business model. In THAT case he would be justified in the sort of arrogance he is
But that was not the case. His company employs at least 16,000 people who contribute to his success and they have every right in the world to share in
the rewards and reap the benefits of the companies success. Without them? John Schnatter owns 4,000 ( ish ) totally dark and quiet buildings that
generate no income at all.
Management and labor are a symbiotic relationship - neither is effective without the other. Yet, for reasons that are beyond me, over the past 30-ish
years this relationship has become severely one sided and unfair to the working half of it.
Of course the man who created the business should be rewarded at a higher level than the teenage driver who started working their yesterday. I am not
discussing communism or some "everyone is equal automatically" doctrine. What I am saying is that the disparity in income between the owner and the
laborer is no longer at an acceptable level. Employers, especially in the service industry, have gotten too greedy.
An example: I haven't looked it up, so I may be one number off... but six or seven of the wealthiest people in the world have the last name of Walton.
Why then is that company so infamous for underpaying and for not providing benefits to the people who actually do the work that produces the
Let the rich be rich - but let's not create a society where the poor are so damned poor. There's enough in the mix for a worker to have a basic and
comfortable life and for the Shnatters of this world to still be rich beyond their imaginations.
edit on 11/20/12 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)