- Posted August 25, 2013 by
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Call for Americans to wake up and save ourselves
A nation isn't built on greed, rather it survives it, barely. Man isn't greedy by nature, it's a learned behavior and mindset. It's something we advocate against the entire child raising process. We preach for kids to share. We preach to be generous. We punish the selfish and greedy. We speak against bullies. We instituted Zero Tolerance down to kindergarten. We have fundamentally and unequivocally agreed that Capitalistic-type behavior among youth is inherently horrible.
Man wants to provide a certain standard of living and quality of life for him and his through work of all skills and varieties. Man isn't consumed by greed. He is consumed by survival, and meeting his obligations as previously stated. Greed is manufactured and spoon fed by the media and in higher education.
What would happen if all the money in this country was divided out evenly across every man and woman who was gainfully employed? Would we stop going to work? Would the world stop spinning? Would the NASDAQ crash? What we break the Matrix? Seriously, for a second, entertain the thought. It would mean, each year basically that each and every single person in the workforce would make $62k a year. You could break that down to $29.80 per hour than re-distribute that by hours worked which would average the same, but have a swing based on hours worked and overtime, etc. If someone worked 70 hours a week, they'd make roughly $100k a year regardless of what their jobs were. Basically, we are rewarding people for putting in work, not the type of work. We would then be rewarding hard work. I know someone will say "but Doctors deserve to be paid more than someone at McDonalds." which I would fundamentally disagree with. Look around the world, there are doctors in 3rd world countries that work for free. Look throughout time. Lawyers and Doctors have worked for little to nothing. It's a calling, a way of life, something you do because it's who you are regardless of what it pays.
I know the next argument is "but schooling is insane! The cost they'd take on, they'd next make any money, they must make what they make to pay off debt, etc." Yea, that's fine and good, but what if we did something else to combat that. College education is free - like much of the rest of the post-industrial world. That's right, becoming a doctor didn't cost anything, just time. You get out, debt free, and on average work 60 hours a week and would make something like $84k a year. That's pretty legit. When you adjust all the factors in, Doctors make about $30 an hour (http://benbrownmd.wordpress.com/) when you consider my plan, they'd lose roughly a dollar an hour, but wouldn't have the debt looming.
Who gets hurt? CEO's and business owners. The Stock Market would collapse...or would it? People like to think that the only reason we have businesses is because of Capitalism and because people can become billionaires. I think that's horseshit. I think most people start businesses because they want to feed their family, they have a great idea, and they are natural leaders. I don't think a single entrepreneur goes about launching a business planning on being a billionaire. I think if you polled every person who filed for a business license in America this year and told them they could make $62k-$90k a year, every year so long as the business stayed viable by sharing their profits they'd sign up on the spot. I don't believe most people care about having more. I don't believe most people truly give a fuck what other people have or make. I think most people only care about what they have and what they make. I believe that most people root back to taking care of their own quality of life and standard of living. I believe you would be hard pressed to find two college seniors, boy and girl and tell them if they got married they'd combine to make at least $120k a year if they put in 40 hours a week that would turn that down.
It would mean the end of SuperYachts. It would mean the end of $27M Ferrari's. It would be the end of wasteful spending, basically. The geniuses, and amazing engineers would instead use their skill set to build something productive and useful. They would be working on building more efficient buildings, better mpg, sleeker designs, hyperloop bullet trains, etc. The Hamptons would be razed, and nice homes would replace mega-mansions. The travesty, I know.
Is it that horrible of an idea? Wouldn't you like to live in a world where contribution is rewarded over status? Where hard work is rewarded no matter your station. I doubt you'd find a police officer who would rather make $40k than $80k. Literally, the only people who would suffer would be hedge funds, investors, bankers, and tycoons. The travesty. I'd lose exactly no sleep.
Now, you could make the argument, who would fund the new businesses? How would these entrepreneurs get financing? I'd say privately individuals could use their savings and launch new businesses. They'd do their job, and would get their working cut of the new business they helped launch. You could work that out in any number of ways.
We'd put an end to lobbyist. We'd put an end to loan sharking title and cash advance places. You'd see a spike in sales across the board. Redistribution of the wealth would see a automobile boom like we haven't seen since the 30s. We'd have a housing boom, not a bubble. Couples making $120k instead of $50k could move out of apartments and into homes. We'd see communities make a comeback. We'd see 1950's Americana revival.
You'd see the boom of malls again, and travel both foreign and domestic boom. You'd actually have a lower unemployment rate than a higher one. I hate to break the fucking news to everyone, but when Hitler installed his government on Germany, their unemployment was nearly 40% and within 6 months it was near zero. Shut up about the Holocaust that shit didn't happen for nearly a decade. There was a reason Hitler was Time's Man of the Year. Socialism puts people to work, and there hasn't been a stronger economy not built on bubbles ever.
Yes, our American economy is a house of cards. It's a Ponzi scheme. It's a series of bubbles setup by banks, hedge funds and investors to milk billions of dollars annually and let the working man eat the collapse. If you don't believe me, I welcome you to use Google and research it a little bit. It's disgusting.
I'd suggest banning Hedge Funds all together. I'd advocate ridding ourselves of The Federal Reserve which should be illegal anyway and any anti-trust lawsuit should shut it down anyway. Never mind that the secret organization with the authorization and access to the sensitive materials, military access should be a very transparent organization instead of a deeply hidden one. We rid ourselves of the crap once before, and I'd advocate we do it again.
I'd advocate the reduction of DoD spending by roughly 75%. We currently outspend the entire world combined on Defense. We are no more at risk today than we were 20 years ago when the WTC was bombed the first time. We are a hated nation. We bring much of it on ourselves by playing the world police. We'd return all of our service men and women home. We'd protect the homeland at home. We'd stop meddling in politics and governments abroad which is why so many countries and extremist hate us. With the massive reduction of our largest expenditure we could then easily justify that free college education, and toss in true Universal Healthcare with very little damage to the national debt.
Here is another idea, we end the pork. We stop wasting money. If it cannot be justified, it doesn't get spent. Any legislation that is proposed has to literally be written by an actual elected member. Bills must not conta