Economic Growth Paradox

You want population growth so that people buy more cars and toys, to put money in your pocket.

But you can’t afford to hire enough people to do the work at hand, because that will hurt profits.  You rehire people at a reduced salary, without benefits, and if possible without benefits.  Now the people can’t afford new cars and toys; they can’t afford to settle down, buy a house, and have kids.

07aNo problem, you provide a no-interest, sub-prime loan to help people buy a house.  And you take home fat profits, until the recession exposes the instability.  But you can still makes fat profits on higher education, because to get ahead in life we need an education, until we’re so far in debt before we even start a career, that we’ll never get ahead.  So we’re enslaved to the thankless jobs, with meager pay, to support your corporations with stock options, business expenses, golden parachutes,

Of course, you still have extremely cheap labor from immigrants so unfortunate that they work for so little.  They clean your house, watch your kids, care for ailing parents, all of the dirty jobs you can’t bring yourself to perform.  Many pay taxes, but never reap the social security or other benefits a citizen would rely on.

You also make fat profits by increasing the number of prisons, I do not believe that rehabilitation occurs but rather further degradation of a person’s character leading to continued criminal behavior.  The number of detention centers is also rapidly growing.  As if monetary gain wasn’t enough, these facilities also provide personal pleasures you might enjoy.

How much money and greed do you need to be happy?

The sad part is, you have been duped even more, by the friends and society who told you that happiness is having a domed cathedral ceiling on your foyer.  I don’t think you can ever be happy, or share real happiness with others.  You naively believe that comfort and luxury is happiness, and that you share your happiness by giving your staff a bonus at Christmas.

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