Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Minimal Wage, the New Economic Slavery

Welcome to the new world of minimal wage. Where you can earn the least amount necessary to continue to survive. You're welcome to work harder for more, but don't expect it.

Will this be a TV/RADIO/INTERNET advertisement?


Distance Shot:Man in a suit standing in front of a lake with fountains in the background.

"Hello and thank you for groveling. It's comforting to know that we, the elites, have been able to drip feed misinformation  to all of you loyal workers. We now have you believing that your life is wonderful, even as you scurry from job to job."

Close-up Shot: Man in suit smiling into camera

"Insecurity has allowed us to control your every move. Which makes it easy for us to manipulate your life. Debt is happiness and the more you have the happier you'll be. You don't want to quit your job, then you won't be able to keep your precious stuff. Work harder to own more."

Tracking Shot, intercut: Different crowds of workers from all over the world.
"After all, we've got billions of you wage slaves out there and we're going to use you until you drop. Then we'll sweep you out the door and put a fresh, new clone/drone in your place."

FADE to Close-ups: Shots of various workers at their jobs, smiling.
"Remember, we need you to continue to be happy and productive. If you're not, then we don't get our profit margins. We can't allow that, as it will affect our conservative, free-spending lifestyles."

FADE to tracking shot of expensive convertible car pulling up to lake and man in suit getting in with beautiful woman. He looks into the camera.
"So, we thank you and expect you to slave on. It's what you do best."


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wages OR a Percentage

So, what are you worth?

Does your hourly rate reflect your contribution to the company's bottom line?
Should you be paid a percentage of the company's profits?
How about a base pay rate, plus a percentage?

All questions which you should consider, in light of the fact that the current wages in this country have stagnated now for over 30 years.

The people who are at the top haven't seen this decline in buying power. But then again, they do set the standards and wages, don't they.

"Those who have the gold, make the rules."

Until those who do the work, change them.