Sunday's edition of The News-Review has a first page story in the Business section headed "Bosses get the same message in record numbers: I quit". The story laments a recent phenomenon happening all across our nation. People who work for a living are coming to realize their time they sell to their employers is worth more than their employers think it is. This truth and this realization have been a long time in coming and I say hurray.

The working men and women of this nation have been taking it on the chin for the past 40 years, ever since the election of Ronald Reagan. For these decades the ruling class, using its chosen political party, the Republicans, has seen to it that the real value of worker's wages has stayed stagnant. And parallel to squelching wages, the same people have passed laws, many of them, to shove off the burden of government and the keeping of our nation to the same people they have been paying stifled wages to.

A brighter day is coming in this nation, and it's coming because the people who work here, who raise their families here and live and die here, are finally demanding a fair share of the economic pie. This demand is long overdue. This reconciliation now being required of our business elites may have them squirming, but it isn't really going to harm them. Corporate America already owns 40 percent of all the wealth in this nation, and those funds are sitting idle.

What this nation needs is partly exactly what we are seeing. Working folks finding ways to finally begin to prosper for the work they are doing.

As for me, I'm going to continue to vote Democratic and I'm going to fight for the people who deserve to be supported.

John Aschim

Oakland

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Wretched722

Too many people think they do not have to work. Period.

CitizenJoe

Wretched722: I agree. The whole Walton clan. Paris Hilton. Heirs of billionaires. You know: the folks who think they should get free money, pay low or zero taxes, and--in the rare event they do pay taxes, they pay at rate about 1/3rd what a Marine Corps Major pays, or half what a truck driver pays--all on money they didn't earn.

You are right. There *are* too many of them.

dejadoodoo

Since my age is more than 66, I choose to not have a job anymore, which does not, by the way, mean that I'm totally without a boss (just ask my wife). Since I was not financially able to buy a college degree, I began working right out of high school at the age of 18. I recall only minimum wage jobs in high school, and that it wasn't much better even when I went to work in industry.

Slowly, I worked my way up the wage ladder using the following two-step procedure: 1) I improved my knowledge and skill for each and every job I was employed at; I rarely, if ever, demanded a raise. 2) I practiced a time-honored American right: I sought out better opportunities, and changed jobs when it seemed like a wise move.

Last I looked, every working American can still practice those two steps. But, for whatever reason, Americans either think they don't have to follow those two steps anymore, or are too entitled to need to make the effort.

Supply and demand is an economic rule that's very much alive and well in this country. Supply of a lot of things is low due to the pandemic and the disruption of the delivery of goods. Demand is up, so we see inflation and free market value increases. I accept that -- but what I have a hard time accepting is that most minimum-wage jobs have somehow become too important for minimum wage. It's probably closer to the truth that people have simply learned to hate work that makes them break a sweat. I mean, who needs to work for minimum wage when there is millions of dollars to be made on YouTube or dancing for Tic Tok? It's America, and you have the right to better yourself -- you don't have the right to demand more money than the job is really worth...pay rates are up to employers.

You could move to Sweden if you wish. The price for any specific item is exactly the same in every store; nothing ever goes on sale -- the price is the price. Everyone works, and everyone makes about the same wage -- whether you are a surgeon of a butcher. Interest rates are usually high. Moving from one job to another is more difficult because a company needs to prove to the government that a job is "forever" -- there is very little ability to hire for a temporary increase, because it's almost impossible to eliminate any job.

Cheers!

CitizenJoe

dejadoodoo: why would you write the following? It's simply not true: "You could move to Sweden if you wish. The price for any specific item is exactly the same in every store; nothing ever goes on sale -- the price is the price. Everyone works, and everyone makes about the same wage -- whether you are a surgeon of a butcher."

The average family doc in Sweden makes about four times the average wages of other Swedes (including butchers); surgeons make even more than family physicians. Stores have sales all the time, and prices are highly variable from store to store, except for the price of hard liquor.

Jobs get eliminated all the time in Sweden; they took a big hit in the pandemic, and are coming back now. Not only is there job mobility in Sweden, but upward mobility is better than in the U.S.

My comments with links are repeatedly stripped out. You can google wages in Sweden, and you can even find e-versions of local papers with ads.

CitizenJoe

dejadoodoo: today, you can buy a Mt. Rainier National Park sweatshirt in Sweden for about $22.42, or buy it in the U.S. for about $40. I'll try a link.

https://www2.hm.com/sv_se/productpage.1010247009.html

dejadoodoo

It was my personal experiences...based upon knowledge learned from 9 years of working with many people from Sweden; these people were co-workers. Admittedly, it was more than 5 years ago, so things may have changed some...but the Sweden I knew wasn't big on social/economic changes.

OregonTrail88

Dejadoodoo, I suspect life in the U.S. labor force is a lot more complex than "people have simply learned to hate work that makes them break a sweat."

-Covid concerns-the pandemic isn't over.

-Caregiver dilemmas. Childcare, elder parents.

-Early retirements. An estimated 2.5 million left and aren't coming back.

Anecdotally, our two adult children in their early forties have had a tougher time than us. Student loans, childcare, health insurance, medical, dental, auto costs, and prohibitive real estate have placed them decades behind us in trying to accumulate security. We've always been frugal, and so have our children.

The huge wealth shift in America over forty years from the middle class to the 1% is now obvious. Covid put the spotlight on that.

Dphillips2717

You hit the nail on the head! We are in a period of adjusting wage which have been too low in decades. Inflation is increasing because interest rates are too low.

CitizenJoe

John: who the heck is going to be the pool-boys for the über-rich, then? Who is going to wipe the bottoms of the aging Walton family? Wage-slaves are vital to the well-being of people who never worked, and their entitled spawn.

Unions and respect for work and workers will destroy what Republicans from Reagan to Trump have created: the rising tide that lifts all yachts!

(Warning: some snark above.)

Solidarity.

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