We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They are not all as you describe, NJ. Some, agreed an extreme few, are simply frustrated at the leniency given to the wolves of Wall Street. Let's take bonus's for one example. Why, exactly, is there even one of these being given in these days and times.
It's a rotten system, really. Where the non-producers leach off my labor, my paltry and though not without trying, uninformed attempts at investment to secure my future. They could give a fuck less about that. Just like I am becoming more swayed to giving a fuck less about them.
Certainly there is nothing in New York and especially among traders that I would ever point a child of mine to aspire to. I'd rather they starve first.
I'm guessing you don't really mean that, but it seems on par with the profanity you feel is required to get your point across. If you ever get to meet someone who makes their living on Wall Street, toiling twelve hour days on the umpteenth floor, making/taking endless phone calls, enduring the stress of making goal and budget, working most of the year on pure speculation, stretching credit and finances until the bonus that amounts to nearly their entire year's income is paid, (or not in some years); when you know someone whose work actually helps turn the wheels of the economy that is enabling the leaching non-producers populating the Obamavilles around the world, then you'll have the benefit of understanding. As it appears, your emotions seem as informed as the "smelly low-life losers, bums, perverts, slackers, paranoids, anthropology majors, commie wannabes, and potheads" that our president has so closely aligned himself with, and I'm sure that's not what was intended.
No, the system is not perfect. But then, as Garcia once observed, perfection is boring. And as Chesterton posited, “It is a good sign in a nation when things are done badly. It shows that all the people are doing them. And it is bad sign in a nation when such things are done very well, for it shows that only a few experts and eccentrics are doing them, and that the nation is merely looking on.”
Besides, we're all floating through infinite space on a glorified piece of dirt... the future here is not secure. Put your money in a mayonnaise jar and bury it. But not in Zuccotti Park... those jackals will dig it up and spend it at McDonald's quicker than you can do twinkle fingers.
if a company wants to give bonusses to its staff, that's their prerogative...
Any government decree saying that's not allowed is a government decree stating what someone's salary is allowed to be. I wonder how you'd react when the government decrees that someone in your job is not allowed "for fairness" to make more than $10.000 a year?
Now if shareholders were to say "don't hand out performance based bonusses to people unless the company runs a profit and only up to 10% of that profit should be spent on bonusses in toto", that's something else.
Oh boo hoo. So, cry me a river, PupTents. I meet that pressure everyday, down in the basement of life. It is my 'real' work that turns the world, and gives the dwellers on the umpteenth floor their opportunity for non-productive leaching. Nice try at deflection.
Well, these sets of comments are interesting and once again, I miss all the good stuff. :>)
Folks (I wanted to say Dudes but I can't think of a gender neutral word that is between Dude and Dudette) we all have our bêtes noires if you will - mine is getting charged $190 for a five minute service call to connect a wire to the new heat pump system which should have been covered under the warranty but apparently is not as the installer was a sub-contractor. It's not so much that the contractor would not stand behind the sub-contractor's work - it's the $190 worth of "productive work" done. $190? Seriously? For reals? In five minutes?
I make a lot of money doing what I do on the occasional consult that I'm asked to take on. Ain't no where near $2,300/hr - which it was if you figure on the 5 minute charge rate. And even if it isn't that ridiculous, $190/hr?
We all do what we do and try to earn what we can, improve our situation as best we can doing what it is we do. Saying that one's labors are substantially better than another's and thus "more valuable" or "worthwhile" is...well bullfeathers. Is a carpenter better than a plumber? A welder better than an electrician? A stock trader more valuable than a plumber?
What differentiates us is how we do what we do. Is one carpenter better than another carpenter, is one plumber better than a different plumber, is one stock trader better than another? That's where we should be differential and qualitative in evaluating relative worth. I would posit that the person sitting at a desk for twelve hours a day working phones, doing quick and accurate calculations, pursuing
PS: The charge was dropped very quickly when I wrote an email to Lennox corporate headquarters concerning the charge. Apparently, it was a "mistake" on the part of the technician and the office. Right - I'll believe that the next time St. Swithuns Day rolls around.
PPS: Because I wanted to know how to spell Swithun correctly, I Googled it. Guess what - there are two St. Swithun's!!! One is the patron saint of Winchester Cathedral (died AD 862) the feast day being July 15th. Legend has it that the weather experienced on his day will last for the next 40 days. The other is a Catholic, Swithun Wells, who was executed by Elizabeth the 1st in 1591.
See - I always say you learn something new at Maggie's every day - even if it is accidental. :>)
Though you won't come right out and say it, I think integrity is the word you are seeking. It's not money I'm squawking about, I could care less, honestly, what anyone earns. It's how they gain it that concerns me.