Monday, May 4, 2009

Riddle Me This....

You go to work each day, and a portion of your day's wages is given to your competitor. You actually work x amount of days a year so that the competition can stay in business.

Or better yet- your competitor is out of business because he managed it poorly, but you are told that you must work x days a year to pay for your competitor's employees health care,long after your competitor has closed their doors on business. You wake up in the morning, put on your shoes and give 8 hours of hard labor x days a year to pay for your ex-competition's ex-employees benefits.

Fair? Unfair? Just? Unjust?

What do you do?

13 comments:

Emmy said...

Unfair! If businesses are failing and going under, let them go! It is Econ 101... businesses will be better and stronger if they have to evolve and change to stay in the game.. if we just let them be crappy and keep them in then everyone is hurting and suffering. Yes it is not fair that the little man gets hurt because of employers incompetence, but if we let the economy just go than there will be new better business that open and form for the little man to work at.

All right I had better quite before I get to crazy. :)

Allie said...

I'm a bit of a socialist when it comes to health care, but poorly managed businesses shouldn't be getting subsidized.

I get the concern over allowing a huge company to fold and all the job losses- it would hurt, but I think the pain would be short-lived, whereas bailing out companies that can't make it on their own is just prolonging the pain.

Robin said...

Stay home and watch TV!

Sherpa said...

What would I do? Work for the Federal Government. Oh, that's not the right answer.

ray said...

You wake up in the morning, put on your shoes and give 8 hours of hard labor x days a year to pay for your ex-competition's ex-employees benefits, your neighbor's mortgage, the homeless guy's ambulance ride after his latest OD, the crappy elementary school, an abortion in Mexico (take a look at one of the Obama's first exec orders),... fill in the blank. It is the joy of big government and it's here to stay.

nrthshore said...

Fair? Unfair? Just? Unjust?

What do you do?

Be unemployeed and start collecting.

Salt H2O said...

Ah, Sherpa, you may be on to something- you'd become the person who takes the money from person A and gives it to person B while taking half for yourself.

Wise choice.

Steve said...

Salty, you have Sherpa all wrong, she said work for the govt, not work for the banking industry! No one gets rich working for the govt! Trust us. :)

Salt H2O said...

No one get's rich while working for the government? Maybe YOU won't but I'd trade in my job for a congressman's pension any day.

Banks don't take my money and then give it to my competitors, Uncle Sam does.

Steve said...

Being an elected official and working for the government is TOTALLY different. Officials work for YOU, not the government!

Steve said...

And yes, I too will get a pension! It is one consolation for generally making less working in the public sector during your career as opposed to the private.

Salt H2O said...

Also the difference between working for the government and the private sector-

The private sector PRODUCES resources, goods, and profit- the government CONSUMES.

Steve said...

So what is the problem there? The govt is the biggest consumer and keeping producers like yourself employed. Would you prefer the govt stop cosuming or maybe they should produce instead?!?!? Yeah, didn't think so. :) There are entire industries (military, health care, informational, construction) in a large part DUE to govt consumption. And don't get me started on business and farm subsidies! So producing is relative.