Originally Posted by Jayhawk
If your "technically" conservative then I am technically a flaming liberal. Please give us a little more credit than that. Not to put too fine a point on it but have you noticed how your hero, Ford Motors, is doing w/ that philosophy? But to your specific questions: Yes, I believe that workers should be paid a "living wage," as long as that is what the free market system defines a living wage to be. Of course employees should be treated w/ respect, but not like a bunch of stupid idiots as you seem to think they are. Today's corp managers know that they can't sell something they don't own, and that if they were as evil as you purport they would all go broke in short order. THAT is NOT liberal. That is GOOD business, but you obviously would not know anything about that. You so called "Walmarting of America" is misguided at best, and anti-American at worst. You really need to get a life, and lose that AFL-CIO handbook!
Two corrections. First, that would be Economically Conservative. That is different than a general political philosophy. Second, I quoted Henry Ford, and, if you will note he as been dead for over a half a century. His business principles WERE very sound and very strong. His prodigy have not been near as smart. Something about that silver spoon that saps smarts out.
Now, your part:
Originally Posted by J
Today's corp managers know that they can't sell something they don't own, and that if they were as evil as you purport they would all go broke in short order. THAT is NOT liberal. That is GOOD business,
I have never purported them as evil, just short sighted. Now, if you look at a collection of very large corporations that have been chasing the Quarter, you will see that many of them have been showing a couple of very interesting characteristics. 1) Layoffs, 2) weak profits or losses, 3) changes in management. My point, many of the companies that have been “chasing the Quarter” HAVE “gone broke in short order”. Delta, UAL, BellLabs, MCI, ATT, Ford, GM, Delphi, Viacom, These are some of the biggest names on the books. United lost 21B, GM 10B, Viacom 7B, Delphi 6B, Owens Corning 4B. These are Big Ticket companies.
I know that Walmart has a VERY good business plan. They run a good business. They make a lot of money. I don’t agree with the principles of how they run it and how they make money. I do not think a company that uses slave labor in China and protectionist labor in China, and then pays their employees in the US a below poverty wage uses morally good business practices. It is not un-American to disagree with their business principles. I would be embarrassed to not disagree.