“‘Putting profits over people’ is like ‘getting back to nature’. When, exactly, were you not in nature?”

The Other McCain’s Smitty wonders about the “profits before people” complaint:

Is there something unnatural about this keyboard? Does its matter not matter? Is it anti-matter? These physical objects are all derived, ultimately, from the Periodic Table of Elements, no?

The real grip about arguments such as these is that they are first and foremost emotional appeals.

Read the whole thing, and then wonder: do farmers, and nurses, and teachers place “profits before people?”

I know, the “profits over people” “argument” is aimed at rich Wall Street types. Lighting cigars with c-notes, jetsetting to Maui, thousand-dollar suit rich kind of guys.

But I have to ask: are you non-profit? Unless your name is Mother Theresa — and it isn’t — I bet you’re a for-profit enterprise. That goes for all you farmers, even though there are hungry people in the world; and you doctors and nurses, even though there is illness in the world; and you teachers, even though there is illiteracy still in the world.

You want money. You’re not in this for free. Not even if you work for a non-profit charity.

Individuals — working class folks — have more in common with corporate entities — also known as businesses — than we normally notice. We have expenses. Overhead. Things we need in order to stay in business — to continue producing, in some way, so we can make a living. Our overhead would include appropriate clothing; transportation; things like that. It also includes food and shelter.

So. If you’ve managed to accumulate the bare necessities you need for life and work, and have no interest in having anything more, then congratulations. You are a non-profit entity.

But the vast majority of us aren’t. We don’t just want the bare necessities. We want a more comfortable house. Nice clothes. A good car. Steak. Bacon. Brandy. We want to own a few nice things. We want to go out now and then.

These things are extras. You don’t need them, but why shouldn’t you have them? You work hard. There’s no shame in adding a little fun and comfort to your life.

Although…especially if you work in a “necessity” like food production, or medicine, or education, your “extras” mean your product is more expensive.

How can you justify “putting profit over people?”

The answer is easy for me: you don’t have to justify it. Sell your labor and your skills and your products for whatever the market will bear, padded, perhaps, with the odd government mandate or spending program, and then spend the money as you see fit. None of my business, except that the more you make, the more people will want to do what you do. Which is good.

Not to the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, though. To them, that’s greed. They wouldn’t say that to you — not until you’ve got at least one more zero padding every paycheck. But, like the man said: they’ve agreed on the principle already. Now they’re just haggling over price.

(Posted by The TrogloPundit.)

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