From A Land Of Makers And Providers To A Land Of Consumers And Beggars.

24 Oct

From watching the occupy on the internet and from listening to what people have to say, something has donned on me. There are so many problems in this country, and so many different points of views. I keep hearing how do we fix the issues ? To me the big issue has been that America use to be a land of makers and givers ( self-reliant also ), now we are a land of consumers and beggars ( because most of us are unemployed or underemployed).

Now people ask how do we fix this? The wealthy and those who have not fallen off of the employment wagon say there is no problem. Those that say that either have no heart or do not care about fellow humans or are undereducated.  This how I would fix it.  I would tax or charge corporations fees for sending jobs to other countries, instead of giving tax beaks for shipping jobs overseas like they are getting now. I would also make it a law that the C.E.O.’s can not own stock, that way they do not make decisions for their own gains. Instead of bonuses for the management I would implement a law that would only allow profit-sharing for all the workers, from the janitor to the president. Do not think this is wealth distribution, heck it’s the people under management who make the companies the goods to sell for profit.

The decisions made by the upper management are not because they “answer” to the share holders. They could care less about anyone who owns less than 15% of the shares. They only answer to themselves and the board of directors. If they were concerned about you or me, they would not give them such huge paychecks after they lay off 20% of the workers. They would not stop on the dividends , they would raise them and cut their own paychecks.

You hear some C.E.O.’s say they have to export jobs to compete with other countries. I find that a lame excuse . Does China export their manufacturing jobs to other countries? Think about it, they are taking all of the manufacturing jobs and keeping them in their country. People say that anyone can become a C.E.O. of a company. I say that they are off base on that one also. Now low-end jobs are either shipped to other countries or they are eliminated all together, so moving up the chain is not there any more.

Once the jobs come back home, we as a country will be a land of providers , makers , and givers. That is the dream I would like to have, not the nightmare we are all living now.

QUOTE OF THE DAY ; Keep changing, because when you’re through changing – you’re through. (Bert-Olaf Svanholm).

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6 Responses to “From A Land Of Makers And Providers To A Land Of Consumers And Beggars.”

  1. kevinmuldoon October 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Good plan. Though the middle-class has lost ground over the past few decades, access to the American market is still very lucrative and desirable for corporations the world over. Deny them access, and we can modify their behavior.

    • Chad Johnson October 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you for reading my blog post Kevin. One other thing I think would help the middle class to the working poor, is get rid of the lobbiests. They are what’s got the government and corporations rubbing elbows and passing laws for their benefit and not the small businesses.

      • kevinmuldoon October 29, 2011 at 11:52 am #

        I think a lot of people support ‘getting rid of lobbyists’ as well, though many are not aware that lobbyists are an invaluable source of information to the representatives.

        That is to say, each elected official must talk intelligently about whatever issue is coming through the news cycle. The ‘special-interests’ are ready to give the officials their talking points at a moments notice. I wouldn’t mind ‘special-interests’ so long as MY interests are being represented.

        I’d like to see us small guys having the economic/political power to create our own lobbyists, think-tanks, etc. It’s something Unions would do for us, when the nation was 30% Unionized. Today, I think we are half of that.

      • Chad Johnson October 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

        Very good comment Kevin. I am glad you read my blog, and I agree with you.How ever things change or where this country is going , I hope it works out for the better.

  2. nrli October 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Great Post Chad! Another option, instead of limiting a CEO’s ability to own shares, would be the inclusion of board members from the organized labor within the company. In some countries labor has to represent 1/3rd of board members.

    • Chad Johnson October 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      That’s a very good point nrli. In some countries all workers get to sign a contract before they start work, it protects the worker and the company knows what they can and can not do. Here in America non union companies do not have such contracts. The ability to advance in companies have been eliminated. At the head quarters you have the upper manement and the janitors.

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