Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 6, 2011, 5:41 p.m. EST by Notabanker
from Algonquin, IL
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Hi everybody I'm new here so I want to introduce myself by writting a post about my view of the present state of our nation. I am not anti capitalism or anti wealth but I am anti unfairness, eliteism and corporate/government corruption. I own a manufacturing business in Elk Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago. In my endeavor to turn a profit I have always understood that I must be thankful to the people who work for me, without them I am simply nothing. We paid our employees health insurance in-full, until the premiums were raised aprox. 30% every year! We instituted a profit sharing program with no contribution from our employees, at the peek we had everyone in the company with a fund in the six figure range. Most of what we built is gone now, taken from and our employees. I feel like a rodent in one of those wheels, everytime I try to take a step forward the wheel turns and someone at the top gets richer. My whole life I have heard my fellow Americans tell me that I don'tneed to worry about the future because "this is the richest and most powerfull country in the World!". "If we are so rich" I always wanted to ask "then why can't we afford decent healthcare for all of our citizens, why can't we educate our children, why is our physical infrastructure falling apart?" A blank stare would always follow that question. To me an economy is like one of those snow globes that little girls find so amusing, it's only interesting if shake it up and snow (money) is flying everywhere. All the money has settled at one end of our society becoming concentrated with a very few individuals. The question then becomes "did they earn it, didthey produce a product, employ people, invest in technology, further educations (other than their own children) or otherwise contribute to the economy? The answer is "no", they stole it, they gamed the system and horded all the money for themselves and that is simply wrong. I am sick and tired of hearing about the wonders of capitalism, this is no longer capitalism since there is no capital availible to the rest of us. When the great masses are forced to toil for the benefit of a priviIeged few I call it feudalism! I stand with all of you in the fight for justice, the time has come to take back our country!