A Boy Named Sue

It seems like the past decade or so the amount of astronomical lawsuits against corporations have increased almost exponentially. I was reading this article which is what got me thinking about all of this.

I was raised to pretty much believe that there is almost always a solution to be had without suing someone. My family also believed in the fact that, to put it bluntly, shit happens. Sometimes shit happens and it’s no one’s fault. Yes in a perfect world a company would take endless measures to prevent this or that from happening, but when something is a one in a million shot, what are the chances of truly preventing it.

I think that in general most people share this point of view. I think that most people would rather not sue or understand that sometimes shit happens. Of course there are always people looking to get over on other people or get a “free ride” so to speak but I have a feeling that they are a very small percentage of the population. Smaller even than the number of “frivolous” lawsuits would have us believe.

So why is it that our country has gone sue crazy? What has turned a typically hardworking, strong citizenship into a whiny group of plaintiffs?

I think a large number of people are starting to realize that unless things change, that we, the working class, are doomed to a lifetime of poverty. Working paycheck to paycheck, week to week, day to day, living hand to mouth. Too many people have seen their parents work their entire life, themselves work their entire life and end up in the exact same place, if not worse than where they started.

I’m not going to go into all the facts and figures around the average worker’s salary as compared to the average CEO salary and the huge disparity between the two which has grown even larger in the past decade. You can find those figures almost anywhere and it’s an argument that no one seems to be listening to anyway.

My point is that I don’t think a lot of these lawsuits are necessarily being made by freeloaders that want a free ride. I think a good majority of them are being made by honest hardworking people that are starting to understand that the only way they are going to get their piece of the pie is to slip and fall and take it.

It’s like America’s dirty little secret. No one likes to talk about it. No one really knows what to do about it. You have neighborhoods and communities all over this country filled with people that work 50-60 hours a week and still can barely afford to pay their bills. But no one likes to talk about it because no one wants to admit that they have to plan and save up just to go out to dinner occasionally. No one wants to admit they feel like a failure because they can’t provide for their family. It’s not your fault, believe that.

If corporations would just understand how much more productive their workforce would be and how much money they would save if they just took care of their employees, if they gave them a chance to succeed. If you pay someone and honest living wage and give them the opportunity to feel good about what they do you will find that there is absolutely nothing that can’t be accomplished.

For the most part people just want to live their lives in peace. They want to be able to have a little money saved, know they’re going to be able to pay their bills on time and maybe be able to send their kid to college.

People are going to start realizing very soon why we are the richest nation in the world. It’s because of our workforce. The same people that work and build and live and die are the people that buy your products and keep you in business. They are the people that have made this country great, not the CEO. All we’re asking in return is for our fair share of the profits.

“During the 1990s, corporate profits have risen 108%. But this wealth has remained concentrated at the top of the corporate hierarchy. During this time, workers’ pay has risen 28% (before adjusting for inflation). Meanwhile, CEO pay has rise 481%.”

I don’t really think it’s too much to ask for us to enjoy a little of the wealth we helped to create. We’re not asking for our own private jets like you have. We’d just like to be able to afford to go see the Jets play a football game once in a while. We’re not asking for a summer house in the Hamptons like you have. We’re just asking to be able to make our house mortgage every month. I know you CEO types have a tendency to be a bit jumpy and think that everyone is out to steal your profits from you. Calm down, it’s OK. We just want what’s coming to us, not the entire pie. See, unlike you, most of us were raised to believe we only take what we have worked for and earned, so we don’t want anymore, we’re just sick of getting any less.


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