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.
Obviously a market failure when you demand employers pay workers more than they're worth and they refuse to do so. We probably just need a few more business regulations written by people who have never run a business and have no idea what an employee - or anything else - costs. It's so much easier commanding an economy when you're unconstrained by the limits of knowledge.
It's like an illiterate person writing a book - the normal author is limited to using actual words put together in the fom of sentences and paragraphs in a logical, comprehensible fashion whereas an illiterate person can simply string together infinite combinations of letters in random order. Compare the output of an author attempting to find just the right words to tell a compelling story to the output of one randomly flailing away at a keyboard for untold hours. Now compare the collected works of Shakespeare to the federal code. That Shakespeare guy was quite the slacker, wasn't he?
I wonder if we can learn anything from the former Soviet Union?
I still lived in Ukraine when the coal miners union in the Donbass region launched a strike demanding higher wages at a time of rapid inflation. This was in the early 1990s, the first years of Ukrainian independence. The timing couldn't have been worse for the barely surviving industries that depended on coal-generated power, as the rest of the country struggled to stay warm in the winter. The miners did get their pay hike. It affected the cost of heating, power, metals, and just about everything else in the country. As the prices went up, the overall gain for the miners was zero but everyone else's lives became even more miserable.
The Donbass miners felt they were cheated and went on another strike. Well-positioned to hold the country by the throat, their union demanded one wage hike after another. The cycle repeated over and over, still leaving the miners with no gain but driving all others, especially the pensioners, into abject privation.
Atbashian, Oleg (2011-02-02). Shakedown Socialism: Unions, Pitchforks, Collective Greed, The Fallacy of Economic Equality, and other Optical Illusions of "Redistributive Justice" (p. 20). Oleg Atbashian. Kindle Edition.