There is a lot of talk these days about financial responsibility. Lately, for example, people keep telling me that a raise in the minimum wage will not get us out of the economic situation that is strangling us.
They insist that in our economy, only certain people are supposed to make a lot of money. For the rest of us, they say it is a given that the rich will continue to get richer because that’s the way it has always been.
Apparently, we can’t change the way we have always done business. In other words, nobody seems to be able to think of any conditions that would allow our country's economic welfare to change.
Maybe, it has to do with some degree of high finance that we are not smart enough to understand.
It stands to reason that one of our biggest problems is that we have allowed too many of our manufacturing companies to leave the country. We seem to have forgotten that it was the organized labor movement that allowed us to have a middle-class society in the first place.
The labor movement was built by union workers standing together and fighting for decent pay. In those days we built things. The mistake we made was when we allowed the builders to leave the country.
If this is the case, what we may have to do is start rebuilding our country. Maybe, we have finally had the time and opportunity to learn the things we need to know about how to make our systems work.
Perhaps, we have been too dependent on the people we thought were smarter than we were. Those were the people we expected could make the economic system work once it was organized.
Perhaps, they made the system work for just certain people. In fact, maybe that has been the problem.
It could be that the system was actually supposed to work for everybody. Maybe, we just misunderstood the information. Perhaps we were taught that some people would always make it to the top and others wouldn’t.
If it were possible that everyone could make it to the top, there would be no need to separate individuals according to class, because there would be no need for classes.
Now we see what is wrong with the inability to question everyone and everything. When something is taught a certain way for a long time, many people assume that this is the way that it is supposed to be.
Just because it has always been assumed that some individuals are expected to live better than others, does it mean it always must be that way?
If, for example, it should turn out that all people have the same education, would they all be qualified for the same kinds of jobs and make the same amount of money?
Could it really be in the way you look at things? Or could it be the way you were told things were supposed to be? Anyway you look at it, it’s still a funny world.
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