Should cost of living raises be a law?
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Halfmoon Cookie Face

Albany, NY

#21 Sep 5, 2013
Truth wrote:
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When you take a job you are entering into a contract. You agree to perform a service and the employer agrees to pay you for that service. The compensation rate for any job is(or at least should be) determined by what the most qualified candidate will take to do the job.
The amount of profit that any employer makes and how those profits are used are not the business of the employee. If the employer doesn't provide adequate compensation then that employer will lose employees.
Bottom line. If you are unhappy with the compensation you are receiving or think you need a raise because the cost of living is increasing then you need to do one of a couple of things.
1) Quit that job and find one that pays you enough to keep up with the cost of living index. This is America. It's a free market. Not happy with the job you have? Get another one that makes you happy. Good luck with that.
2) Educate yourself, work hard and make yourself more valuable to your employer. Increase your skillset. The less people that can do what you can do, the more the compensation will be. Again, simple free market principle. If you decide that is not the way to go then see number 1 above.
Finally, don't expect an employer to pay you more because the cost of living goes up and most certainly do not advocate for government forcing employers to do that. It will not end well for the working class if you do.
Walmart employees nationwide are staging protests over wages today. Not a smart move.
Very much true!
Zak

Herkimer, NY

#22 Sep 5, 2013
Truth wrote:
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Ayn Rand was a flawed person no doubt. I don't idolize her or anything like that. She wrote a book that I enjoyed and consider to be in some ways prophetic.
She did write a novel.
The basis of the novel though is what happens when a government interferes with the free market by choosing winners and losers, enacting massive amounts of regulations and deciding how much a given person is entitled to. All this while using the tactic of villifying the wealthy who are actually the real producers and the glue that actually holds everything together as can be witnessed what happens when they "drop out". Does any of that sound familiar? It would have to if you've watched and understood news reports over the last number of years.
I can tell you are an intelligent person who is socially aware. Thank God we do have a Capitalistic system that rewards risk takers and innovators. It is what has made the US the wealthiest country in the world. I agree there is WAY too much dependency. What I don't like or approve of is the villification of people who are truly disadvantaged through no fault of their own. I also hate the villification of wealthy just because they're wealthy. That is morally wrong. There is too much extremism on both sides. I hope common sense will prevail so Washington elites on both sides of the aisle start working for the American people and not just their vested interests.
turtle wrinkles

York, ME

#23 Jun 27, 2014
ok my friends a little reality check from the old bitch. i have been in the same job for 38 years. yes......38. No i do not work for GM, i work in the health care field. There are very few jobs available in my neck of the woods. I have endured loss of time off, the stopping of my pension plan, and 2% cost of living increase about every two-three years. I work for a health care system that lies and smiles when they do so. On any given nite i can run a direct paralle between the lies our goverment spews and the lies we are told at work. Bottom line .......... not until the people of this country take back their power and change the few that run us from the top will any of these issues change. I wish my grandmother had been right when she expounded virtues as " do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and " work hard dear and you will do well." Sorry grandmother, i gave my heart and soul to a job that contiues to take away and hopes that those of us with longevity retire or die. No retirement for me .......my pension stopped @ 54.5 and 30 years with the hospital. It was the whole reason i stayed. Pensions dont increase until 55 ,when they exponentially increase.So enjoy today to the best of your ability because nothing is a promise in business or goverment.

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