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  •  Capitalists don't like capitalism. (13+ / 0-)

    The law of supply and demand never applies to them.

    There was a diary here recently about how the union that represented the Hostess workers behaved irrationally. No one ever applies that word to the managers even though, to me, they seem to be even more irrational. Maybe you can't manufacture something for the price your customers want to pay. That happens sometimes.

    I actually tried to start a manufacturing company a few years ago. Trying to find a way to manufacture a product at a price at which it can be sold was the main thing that occupied me. I will admit, it's not easy. It would be nice if almost every component could be had for less money. However, whining that workers won't work for the amount you'd like to pay is no more productive than whining that the raw materials or machinery can't be had for an amount you'd like to pay.

    It was a start-up and, trust me, I had problems finding someone for the money I was offering. Any person who was experienced in the equipment I had purchased was typically paid a decent salary. That wasn't their problem; it was mine.

    I did, by the way, find someone who had difficulty finding a job because he was handicapped and I trained him on the equipment myself. That part worked out wonderfully. One day, he told me that he hoped the business would succeed because he liked the work so much. So did I. Unfortunately, I was unable to generate the sales needed to continue and the company folded before it really started.

    I've been a worker. I've been an employer. Between the two, I was self-employed. I've been unemployed, too. Also, in my daily life, I'm a customer as well. In each capacity, I always want the situation to favor me, of course. However, pouting doesn't make it happen. The thing that puzzles me is why journalists and policy makers give more credence to some complaints than others.

    It's difficult to start a business and run it successfully. Many fail. Some succeed for a time and then fail. You can blame it on a lot of things. I blame my failure on the state of the economy at the time I started. Blaming it on workers is just that, passing on the blame. Sure, there are reasons why some succeed and some don't, and labor costs can be one. It's as legitimate a reason for a business to struggle as any, I suppose. But what does that mean, really? That the workers are supposed to work for less money than they otherwise could to bail out the business?

    Cry to your wife. Cry to your mother. Cry to your boyfriend. I do. Honestly. I think the world was terribly unfair to me. The day I finally decided to face the fact that my business was going under, a friend took me out to a bar and I cried in my beer. I had a great product. Why did no one buy it? Whining to the government that there's a skills gap? Not rational.

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