Easy, they’re birdbrains.
After blocking a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, they hopped on their high horses and declared such a move would “hurt business and destroy the economy.” Okay, we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. That same old chestnut gets trotted out whenever campaign contributors (i.e., corporate America) feel a pinch is coming.
It’s a scare tactic, boys and girls, also known as spin. The local utility company uses a similar strategy when they want a rate increase. If the state doesn’t approve their request, they warn, they’ll have no choice but to lay people off. Works every time.
But how would the Senate know what’s bad for business? They’re not business tycoons, they’re freeloaders. They stroll around in $5000 suits and $400 haircuts asking for money from business tycoons. And moguls and lobbyists and special interest groups, anyone with a pile of cash. That’s their real job: soliciting (or pandering). Our mistake was thinking they represented us in the government. Pfffff, no. You and I? We’re on our own.
Want to know what’s hurting business? Crummy products and deplorable service, that’s what. In case you can’t afford to indulge in the buying experience, being a customer sucks. Once upon a time we were considered assets. Businesses wooed us with free toasters and treated us graciously, as though we were minor royalty. Now, we’re more of a nuisance, something to be ignored. There, again, our entitlement mentality comes into play — we think paying hefty fees and steep prices entitle us to courtesy. It does not.
Paying through the nose gets us bupkis. General Motors demonstrated that. They couldn’t be bothered with replacing the faulty ignition switch blamed in the deaths of more than a dozen drivers. Even though the part cost less than $10 and took under an hour to fix. But, come on, why go to the trouble and expense when customers are so easy to replace? Money’s the precious commodity. Save that.
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