Greed and Profits
“They are greedy and all they care about are profits.” Little do they know that they are really talking about themselves. You want the companies to make a profit. That’s what companies do. And if they don’t, then they collapse. That’s just basic economics. Now, who are “they”? Who is “the man”? Who is “the machine”? They are you. You make up the company. You either work for them or buy things from them. You probably own stocks in these companies (either through a mutual fund or a 401k). I don’t mean you specifically, but I mean the 99 percenters in general. The working class is the life of the companies. So when you want the companies to stop making profits, then you are destroying the companies and causing more unemployment.
You may say, “No, The Man is the CEO who took millions of dollars per year while firing a lot of people in the company.” Yes, these people are paid to do what they do, because they know how to run a company. Running a company is no easy task. If you want to make more money, then why don’t you become a CEO, too? Oh, you can’t? You don’t know how to do it? Then go to business school and learn it. Oh, you can’t afford an education? Then learn it on your own from the internet. Oh, you don’t have the motivation to do so or this is too complicated for you? You realize now why CEO’s get paid millions while you don’t?
If a company loses a good CEO and end up with a worse CEO, then they could lose a lot of money. That is why the companies pay millions to keep them in the company. If a big company loses a good employee, and end up with a worse employee, then they would not lose much money. There are actually a ton of people who are willing to do your job better than you and cheaper than you. And they are all waiting to replace you. You don’t think so? Then why don’t you start your own company and become CEO of it.
You can become a 1-percenter on your own without any government help. The American dream is still alive. I became a 1-percenter (a .1 percenter even), even during the recession. I graduated during the beginning of the recession (read about it in the “About Me” link). So you really do have just yourself to blame. Because I was in your situation a few years ago. I was not luckier than you, or in a better situation than you. I just studied harder at learning how to make useful things. And then I also worked harder at making those useful things that I learned how to make. Then I worked harder at selling those things. I did those things better than you did, and that is the difference between you and me. It had nothing to do with greed or profits.