Comment 27124

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted November 01, 2008 at 14:58:18

Grassroots, I don't work for $.10 an hour because I don't have to.

Life dealt me the hand I was given and I am taking advantage of the resources at my disposal. I try not to screw people over in my dealings with them, but I feel no need to move to Asia and suffer needlessly.

Do you understand why many people in the world earn low wages (relative to the West)? It is because they're not very productive. They simply do not have the tools yet that would allow a business to offer them more.

In effect, the Canadian worker today is riding on the coattails of our forefathers work. Their investment in building up capital has allowed us to leverage those tools to be extremely productive.

It is this higher level of productivity that also explains our higher wages.

Over time, the same thing will take place in other parts of the world, assuming that corporations are allowed to invest in these countries.

That is why trade is so valuable, because it gives workers more and better tools. More advanced tools lead to higher worker productivity, which in turn drives up wages.

If you goal is to stop foreign investment in developing countries, how do you expect the people to get the tools that would make them more productive.

As to your assertion that you are helping society because you are fighting for worker's rights, what the hell does that mean? What rights are you fighting for, the right to have government force companies to pay wages that don't reflect the skills that workers bring to the table.

Why not just focus your attention on actually producing something that consumers value, like a new restaurant, or a new technology that lowers the cost of driving a car, or a new drug that extends people's lives, etc.

All you are doing is trying to do is take from people who contribute to society and give it to those who do not.

I am all for helping those who want to get ahead, but we all can't start at the top.

However, for those who want to get rich (whether that means money, family, health, etc), all one has to do is stay focused on your goals and don't stop until you get there. Most people either tend to give up on their goals when they don't immediately get them, or they just assume they aren't smart enough to get them in the first place.

In my life, I have found that persistence trumps talent and that all things are given to those who stay focused and don't quit. No one is excepted from this principle, so it is only the fault of the individual if they don't get what they desire. Just don't give up on your goals.

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