As the American economy continues to struggle, politicians and capitalists alike are scrambling to counter their noticeably tarnished public images. Our political “leaders” in Washington continue to throw partisan-driven barbs across party lines in vain attempts to deflect attention off their own ineptness. Business” leaders” attempt to convey their sincerity to America’s plight through slick and misleading advertising and commercials. One of the more comical outcomes of these ineffective charades is the latest catchphrase to hit mainstream media…the “job giver”.
Move over Superman…put that web away Spidey…make way for the latest superhero to hit the streets. I’m talking about none other than (cue the drum roll)…The “Job Giver”! Stronger than Bill Clinton’s alibis, able to leap tall pillars of truth and reality in a single bound, The “Job Giver” is here to save the day! According to our elected officials and business “experts”, it is the mighty “Job Giver” (and his trusty sidekick, The “Job Creator”) which will deliver us from evil and save us from its arch enemy…Economic Doom!!
While the holier-than-thou manner in which the “job giver” is being marketed is comical, the idea that today’s capitalist will lead this country out of economic ruin is anything but comical. In all fairness, the “job givers” could theoretically turn things around. Business growth overall would do much to stimulate our sluggish economy. However, like many theories, the notion that today’s business “leaders” will solve our economic woes falls short when faced with practicality.
The reason for this is simple. Today’s “job giver” lacks the morality necessary to lead this country out of dire straits. In today’s greed-driven capitalism, business “leaders” base decisions on one thing…profit. Decisions are made solely to increase the bottom line. This is often at odds with what is good for this country. There’s no money to be made in making morally responsible decisions. There is no money to be made in making decisions that are good for this country. This is why the notion that the “job giver” will solve this country’s economic woes is unrealistic.
Examples of this are abundant. Corporate earnings are up, yet the “job givers” continue to lay off workers. Rather than invest these increased earnings in additional human capital, the “job givers” invest in automation technology that replaces the jobs the “job givers” are supposed to be giving. Or, they are simply not hiring additional workers and expecting existing workers to pick up the slack. Rather than pay workers in this country their worth, today’s “job givers” move operations overseas where they can get away with paying foreign workers less. Are these the actions of morally responsible “job givers”? I think not.
Our political and business leaders’ attempts to exalt the “job giver” as a means to deflect responsibility for this country’s current economic situation on others are both comical and misleading. To trust in those that got us into the situation we currently find ourselves in is equally as absurd. This country’s economic woes will be overcome only when our “leaders” in Washington and business put aside their personal, greed-driven aspirations and make morally responsible decisions that are good for this country, not profits.