Nation of Moochers 2

Nation of Moochers cartoon

Yes, it’s funny. Just remember that we are “forced” to make sarcastic jokes about the rich in order to right some injustices. However, in the back of my mind I do worry about being too successful at demonizing managers and CEOs.

Some of the productivity of workers comes from the introduction of labor saving capital investments – computers, automation, and machines in general. Some of these productivity enhancers were introduced by management to lower the cost of labor. If the remaining workers were given all the proceeds of this “cost reduction”, then there would be no net cost reduction. Some of the incentive to make the company more efficient would be taken away. Notice that I used the adjective “some”, not the adjectives “all” or “much”. This is not a binary decision to grant the workers all of the benefits or none of the benefits.

Also, while it seems to be true that some executives are being paid exorbitant salaries and perks, we should not forget that good executives do good work for the corporation. The corporation would not do very well without good people in all positions within the company including among the executive ranks.

Ok, now that I have gotten that out of my system, I can feel free to go back to my regular schedule of excessive demonizing of the ranks of the rich.

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2 thoughts on “Nation of Moochers

  • SteveG Post author

    If we can just get the conversation going where people are asking “how much”, then we can get all these great minds together to hash out the details.

    Until then we can just continue to make fun of people 🙂

    That may not be the most productive thing we can do, but it is just so tempting that it is hard to resist.

  • MardyS

    Now that was an interesting comment of yours, Steve. Certainly truth in it. Of course what it boils down to is “How much?”. The numbers, the data, the facts, man, just the facts. Then we can see just how just or injust the present situation is with the particular corporation. But it’s not much fun to do this.