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Bill Maher- The Real Welfare Queens
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Posted 10/20/13


Sure, but by the same token they're the ones providing society with a lot of jobs. If a company decides that it's no longer economically sound to retain a large labour force, then they can lay people off. It's their prerogative, so long as they don't break any contracts. What doesn't make sense is when a company is being pressured by unions to retain a large work force even during economic recessions when they're bleeding out money.

My old man is a blue-collar working class man, who was laid off a few times in his life. It sucked, but he just picked up and moved on to another job while building his experience and qualifications. A job isn't a right, it's a privilege.

You say a company looking after its shareholders like it's a bad thing. It's not. With a publicly-traded company, those shareholders are your typical everyday people like you and me. Anyone with an investment portfolio or a mutual fund will be a shareholder of several companies who are looking to extract value out of a corporation. I don't really see anything wrong with a corporation trying to give value to people who put money into investing in their shares.

I mean, I see where you're coming from. It's not a perfect system. At the end of the day though, I'd rather laud the corporations and the benefits of a strong private sector rather than demonize them.
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Posted 10/21/13


I'm not coming down on either side of this. Corporations are what they are and that just happens to be worker unfriendly, for the most part. To say that corporations don't exploit their workers is dishonest was the only point I was making. That's how they make their money. For better or worse. You can be pro-corporation all you want, just acknowledge that they act in their own best interests and at the cost of workers. No value judgements here.
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I don't agree with the statement that corporations exploit their workers. Rather, I'm not sure I subscribe to a cynical outlook since I consider the worker-corporation relationship to be one of mutual benefit, but we'll have to agree to disagree.
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