Hey gang, I am in need of some good spirits. My soul sucking corporate job is making mince meat out of me and robbing me of my personal life. Basically, the cheap ass company I work for has decided to roll to teams into one, taking about fourteen hours of store time into eight. Surprisingly, there are a lot of emails flying around about huge drops in client goals, which does not help when you are already struggling to just finish a store. In addition, I think I have mentioned that my health is not top-notch. I have thousands in medical bills piled up, have not had a raise in nine years (work load keeps increasing though), and the short-term disability insurance from work denied half of my claim. Oh, by the way, they were only covering 66% of my lost wages anyhow.
So, I could just use some good sentiments about what I share here about the America I see, about my artwork, or about the writings I have posted and am working on. My spirits are low, my frustration high, and my anger broiling. Encouragement from you concerning the content of this or other sites of mine would be so helpful right now. Let me know that I am not alone. I think we all could use a little companionship these days given the condition of our world and my country in particular.
I have a boss who is a die-hard believer that businesses have the right to do what they have to stay profitable and that they have no responsibility to their employees, basically a republican. He believes in right to work. At the same time he does not understand why employees do not show loyalty to their companies. Ex.:
Our company is trying to land a major account by using the employees we currently have until we get the account and can hire on. When we land this account, there will be major changes to who and where people work. Basically, it is a lot of extra work and frustration for those at the bottom of the work force without any additional compensation. One of the part-time workers is refusing to help out with the program and he cannot understand her attitude. One, she is a part-time worker (that is all she wants), two, she is an older lady, and three, the way they handled the training was very confusing and frustrating (poorly handled). He feels she should be helping because getting this account will boost job security (in his opinion). However, the truth is that even if she were all sunshine and roses, her job would not be more secure. If we land the account, the routing will be changed to only be available for full-time workers handling a much heavier work load. In other words she would have to be willing to go full-time or lose her job. So in the end what benefit is there for her to cooperate? If she does, she looses her job, if she doesn’t, she looses her job. Meanwhile, she would have stressed and worn herself out for nothing. What does she gain? She gets no profit from the extra work.
He has stated many times that businesses have absolutely no obligation to their employees, only to make money. They can let you go at any time even if you give it your all. What I cannot understand is why he feels people should be loyal to their companies. If I view myself as a business, I should do whatever it takes to make my life profitable. If that means not taking as good care of the company I work for to save myself for the life I want or going somewhere else if the money is better, then that is just as right. This is profitable for me.
The current crop of Republican candidates and Republican party as a whole are the direct result of basing our country’s moral values on profit margins instead of what is right. To create good profit margins you have to make questionable choices, ignore the rules, and bend the truth. You make short-term decisions to maximize profit, while ignoring long-term consequences, which you later rationalize for damage control. The dealings of our companies at home and over seas have reflected badly on our country because profit always took precedence over morality and the Republican party supports these actions. They then ask our soldiers to clean up the mess, making a tidy profit on the deal. Hell, Donald Trump condemns those who abuse the programs provided by our government, while abusing them himself (see bankruptcy laws). Unfortunately, we are all to blame for buying into the system. All that junk you have to store in self storage units because you need to buy more stuff supports this ungodly system. We have created this monster even when we don’t vote Republican since we support the companies that back them with our purchases. We have the government we deserve; we just don’t like it. What happens in the future will be a result of are greed now.
I wonder, if someone calculated all the money the U.S. Government has spent on social programs in total from the first until now, would that total be greater or less than the trillions of dollars the Government has spent bailing out the rich risk takers (banks, insurance companies, corporations, Wall Street)?