Originally posted by beezzer
Some corporations are, sure. But most people are hired by small businesses that don't figure into your profit category..
USA is the country, who has by far the smallest small-business sector out of the other advanced countries and has most people working for
corporations. 7,2% self-employed and 11,1% small enterprises compared to a whopping 52,7% working for corporations.
Take a look at that study:
-The United States has the second lowest share of self-employed workers (7.2 percent).
-The United States has among the lowest shares of employment in small businesses in manufacturing - only 11.1 percent of the U.S. manufacturing
workforce is in enterprises with fewer than 20 employees. Eighteen other rich countries have a higher share of manufacturing employment in small
enterprises, including Germany (13.0 percent), Sweden (14.4 percent), and France (18.0 percent).
-U.S. small businesses are particularly weak in high-tech. The United States, for example, has the second lowest share of computer-related service
employment in firms with fewer than 100 employees and the third lowest share of research and development related employment in firms with fewer than
Despite our national self-image as a nation of small businesses and entrepreneurs, the United States
small-business sector is proportionately not as large an employer as the small-business sectors in the
rest of the world’s rich economies. One interpretation of these data is that self-employment and
small-business employment may be a less important indicator of entrepreneurship than we have long
thought. Another reading of the data, however, is that the United States has something to learn from
the experience of other advanced economies, which appear to have had much better luck promoting
and sustaining small-business employment.
In US of course the whole consumerist attitude also plays significant part. The prices are very low compared to the rest of the world, while the
salaries are relatively high, yet people find themselves in financial trouble all the time, so in a way it can also be taken as a low financial
intelligence, although I would still imply that corporations hold a lot of responsibility over it.
Corporations are effective business model, when taking shareholders into account, although it is not that good considering the employees, as there are
just too many. The profits might seem to go into billions, yet these billions are spent fast even with smaller raises. If Walmart ( I do not know the
exact salary there, although I have heard they do not pay very well) raised salaries of all employees (except 200k of the highest paid) by 10k a year,
this would mean them losing billions every year. Same would apply if they rose their prices, as this is their major competitive advantage right now
among similar chains. Most consumers go for the companies with the best prices.
I do not get why people see others on welfare as people leeching off the government. I have seen posts showing despise towards such actions, implying
that the posters would never use such options, rather live in street than leech off the government.
It does not make sense, as at the end everyone also paying for it themselves. I do not know exactly how US taxes are distributed in their budget,
although it is consisted of the taxes paid individually. Most people on welfare have worked in their life before/or their parents have or they will
soon. So they are/have paid certain part if not all for it at the end.
If I would be unemployed I would be more than happy to take it, as every month me, my parents have worked, they have paid a very small % (around 1% or
less) to the government unemployment insurance - about a year receiving 50% of your previous salary + innumerous free-of-charge extra trainings.
I personally prefer such collective non-profit government provided "insurance", everybody puts something in. When any person needs help, they are
helped out. It has less regulations and also noone is left out when in need a´la insurance does not cover it or some similar BS. I would rather have
certain people receive the welfare than go towards crime in need of money, as the salary they get is too small or they lost their job due to bad
decisions at the top..
I have nothing against higher taxes, if I get enough back from them. The strong social safety network, universal healthcare, strong public education,
free higher education, 3-years paid parent leave are worth the taxes in my opinion. If these were privatised, I would pay times more at the end ,
poorer kids would have significant disadvantage during their lives and much more people would turn to crime to survive.