I read that over twice "Tri Cities" and for the life of me I can't see where what I posted is in conflict with what you posted.<quoted text>
The more you write, the more I get the feeling you are not a business owner. If you are indeed a business owner, then you do indeed help fund unemployment, medicare and social security. You are taxed for unemployment benefits based on your unemployment multiplier which is assigned to you. The tax you are liable for is called SUTA and FUTA. You fund this, not the employees. Healthcare may or may not be funded by your business, but in my business, I pay 60% of all healthcare benefits for my employees including dental and vision. Medicare and Social Security is also partly funded by you along with the employees. I simply call this payroll tax but they have their own acronym. In most businesses, employees have to earn what I am paying them in addition to the other funding I am required to pay for them. I pay my employees for their effort at helping make my company a profit. If they do a good job and perform, then they have earned their pay and get the right to keep their job. Unemployment, Medicare, Workman's Comp are all things required of me to pay the government simply for having employees. In addition to these taxes, I also pay property tax, franchise and use tax, state and federal corporate tax and excise tax. And again, this is in addition to the health, disability, life insurance, 401K matching and other benefits I provide on my own. If the government wants more taxes from me, then some of the benefits I provide on my own will decrease. Or I could simply raise prices, but in this economy, that is the kiss of death and would cost some employees their jobs.
I realize keeping good employees is the key to success and I do what I can to do just that. However, I do this in spite of the government, not because of it. Like I said earlier, some, not all, posters on this thread demonize businesses. However, when the government gets involved, it usually involves some sort of tax that either makes prices go higher or takes away benefits from employees. And the government's intervention is supposedly aimed at helping employees or those less well off. However, the end result is that their intervention actually hurts those they say they are trying to help.
I do disagree with your opinion, but I do respect you for having one. Standing up for something is a whole lot better than standing up for nothing.
I am of the opinion that those who work for me EARN their paychecks AND the additional costs associated with employees like unemployment ins. and the employer's portion of their Social Security, and all the rest, just as they earn vacations. and I consider this part of their compensation. You posted "In most businesses employees have to earn what I am paying them in addition to the other funding I am required to pay for them." Is there something I missed or are we on the same page here ?
I could not stay in business long if employees cost me more than the profit they produce, and neither could you !
When I went into business Jimmy Carter was President and I started with a loan from a local bank at 17% interest. I was a poor kid and a banker took a chance on me. I didn't have a lot of room for mistakes, but I made a few.....I'm still here, thanks to hard work, and a good bit of luck, but I wouldn't be where I am without the skill sets of those who work and have worked for me over these many years, I know it, and I appreciate it.
The only difference of opinion that we seem to have is, I know I couldn't have done it alone....and you seem to disagree ! It wouldn't be the first time someone has disagreed with me on here or off !
I appreciate the fact that you are willing to engage in a discussion of ideas and opinions without the usual Topix tactics, and look forward to future discussions.