Harpooned by greed, corruption and ignorance.
By John Vodila
Things are a little pernicious today, you have to admit it seems we are morphing into something, this has me troubled what this something will be, it seems to be a system of Capitalism, Communism, Socialism and Marxism all mixed together.
Capitalism has been beneficial for most of us for a couple of centuries and I believe it is just in need of some rectification if it is to survive, such as this cap and trade issue , how about a cap on greed bill this would counteract the corruption that is rallying communist/socialist ideals upon America.
Will greed and corruption kill Capitalism?, possibly but only if we let it.
How do we justify all the people working for multi billion dollar chains and corporations that do not even get paid a living wage while the CEO takes home millions and even billions annually, we justify it because we have accepted greed and even make excuses for the penury of hard working people.
Is one human worth less than another human?, I am not talking about a monetary value It seems this is what most is based on these days. I am talking about a human value should not all that work at least make a living wage without working three jobs,(as G.W, Bush said… uniquely American) how out of touch have we become where we have come to the point of believing working three jobs and sixty hours a week and still not making ends meet is normal and acceptable just look what this has done to the hub of America, the family unit.
The depredation of the working class has been maximized this is due to greed corruption and ignorance, this bubble is bursting.
I am no expert or ingenious but we have to do something about our injured system and ways if capitalism is to survive and bring our nation back to a state of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I was thinking about my life and many others I know and meet and here is a plausible solution I came up with I believe would work for capitalism.
I don’t know the exact numbers or rates this would have to be determined by someone with more knowledge than I and it would have to be based on many different factors, anyway here we go…
Lets keep Capitalism but put a cap on greed, lets say we pay everyone based on a fixed percentage of the profits, the percentage would be highest to the owner and CEO and move on down accordingly all the way to the person that cleans the toilets and sweeps the floor this would give everyone involved in the business or corporation an incentive to do the best from top to bottom because it would stop the stagnation of a fixed income, it would force team work and a better working environment and spread the wealth properly throughout the work force.
There is no other definition in my view than greed when for example you have a huge multi million dollar corporation and the top five or ten people are bringing home millions of dollars annually and the people that are cleaning, maintaining and doing all the work creating the profits can’t even afford basic needs such as their rent, electric, water bills etc let alone medical insurance. I am not saying everyone should have a Mercedes and a mansion what I am saying is that everyone…EVERYONE that works hard should at least make a living wage especially within a high profit environment.
Do the working poor at fast food chains work hard, you better believe they do this is a fast paced hi stress working environment, I know I couldn’t do it, but yet they are not paid a living wage all the while working for a hi profit corporation. I realize most are franchises, this is no excuse for what I can only describe as victims of discrimination in America. This is just one of many examples of financial discrimination in America.
Where did the separation from human values to materialistic values become the norm, I believe it to be the mid 80′s, before that time people had other people at a higher value than materialistic things.
It has changed from we, us and you to me, my and I.
Something needs to be done about health care cost, all we have to do is look at our plundered social security program to know better than to have government take control of this.
Another facet of our Capitalist Republic corrupted by greed .
Health care cost and profits out of control in America,  2,26 trillion dollars in 2007 or 7439 dollars per person spent on health care with half of this cost incurred by 5 percent of the population.
Now if you take these numbers it says five percent of three hundred million is fifteen million people bottom line is statistics say it took seven million five hundred thirty three thousand three hundred thirty three dollars for each of these fifteen million people for health care, do the math I did
How about a health insurance kitty, the latest Census Bureau statistics say there are 47 million uninsured Americans this does not include the under insured and I am sure there are more than that, well what if we said to them we will charge $1200 a year one hundred dollars a month and put this into a uninsured of America kiddy whereas this money cannot be invested or used for any purpose other than to pay medical bills for the uninsured this would be fifty six billion four hundred million dollars a year into the insurance kitty.
Now most of the uninsured are not the type that go to the doctor because they have the sniffles or a head ache this money would only be used for catastrophic purpose until the kitty grows. If five percent where in need the first year that would be two million three hundred fifty thousand people in need of coverage with an amount of twenty four thousand available per person.
Manufacturing moved out of America equals no jobs, manufacturing cannot compete with other nations such as China, Taiwan, India, and Korea, why because we need to rid America of socialist democracy and greedy government.
Imagine no income tax, capital gains tax and no estate taxes, We had none of these taxes when America flourished.
Today in America we have total government intervention in every aspect of business and soon every aspect of life, is this the American way… no and this is why manufacturing has left America.
In America we already have many socialist programs and systems such as our schools system, social security system, food and drug administration, federal communications commission, welfare programs, housing and urban development programs and government worker programs etc
The definition of socialism:
1.A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
We as Americans need to first determine what our future destiny should be and then start working towards that decision, the question is will we make the right decision for future generations.