Actually freedom less responsibility is not anarchy, instead it is greed. That is one of the other problems we have in the US today, many people, including many "conservatives" mistake greed for legitimate profit, which should come about as a result of a mutually beneficial exchange of goods and services. In the absence of any real competition in most major industries in this country (and the world) often most exchanges are not necessarity mutually beneficial.
This post made me think about the rise in the minimum wage.
Which, I am/was for; BUT, in my state, a few years ago, the minimum wage went up. YAY, lower income workers should have an easier time supporting themselves on a higher paycheck.
However, there seems to have been a commensurate increase in prices. A package of English muffins is now $4.79. A couple of years ago it was around $3.50. I know this because we buy them every. single. week.
Rents have gone up too.
And it all seemed to go hand in hand with the minimum wage going up.
I know, I know....there could be other reasons. But it is a very strange coincidence.
I'm thinking though that the anti-raise-the-minimum-wage folks have a point.
Companies just raise prices when they have to pay higher wages.
If, for example, the grocery store where I buy Thomas' English Muffins starts to experience a drop in sales because they have raised prices so much; they're not gonna lower prices----they're gonna let people go or cut their hours.
Although I believe in the minimum wage being decent; the funds to support it should come from there being a bit less profit at the top; not from increasing prices of everything and socking it to customers.
^^^That type of idea makes a lot of people angry. And I do understand. Example: you make $20/hour. It took you working 5 years at the grocery store to earn that. The minimum wage is raised. New employees now start at $13/hr. instead of $10/hr. Of course you're gonna think, "hey, that should make me worth $23/hr, shouldn't it."
I'm rambling a bit. Sorry, didn't mean to tj. But the point of this post was to follow on what Ynot and WonkyNinja were saying about greed.
Sometimes obvious remedies, like raising minimum wages, kind of backfire; because the higher wages trigger higher costs because the folks at the very top do not want to consider that they make a disproportionate amount of money in relation to the so-called, "little people", who are making the wheels go round every day at the store.
And I believe that the manager of the grocery store, and the CEO of the entire chain SHOULD make more. They should have much nicer cars and a beautiful home. People on the bottom shouldn't have those things.
But people on the bottom should be able to have a 1-bedroom apartment and a functioning used car. They shouldn't have to live in a roommate situation in a 1-bedroom apartment, and only have limited access to our bare bones public transit.
I don't mean to anger people; and I'm not suggesting "redistributing wealth"-----just that it ought to be realistic and fair, that's all.