Monday, August 28, 2006

Corporate abuse

Corporations keep widening their profits while wages for hardworking Americans (yes you idiots who don't take a day off of work and who can't leave the laptop and the blackberry alone on the weekend) have decreased:

The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2 percent since 2003, after factoring in inflation. The drop has been especially notable, economists say, because productivity — the amount that an average worker produces in an hour and the basic wellspring of a nation’s living standards — has risen steadily over the same period.

As a result, wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation’s gross domestic product since the government began recording the data in 1947, while corporate profits have climbed to their highest share since the 1960’s.

So this means we are all being taken for a ride and have nobody to blame but ourselves. Stop being such workaholics and start demanding better pay for your efforts.

In a speech on Friday, Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, did not specifically discuss wages, but he warned that the unequal distribution of the economy’s spoils could derail the trade liberalization of recent decades. Because recent economic changes “threaten the livelihoods of some workers and the profits of some firms,” Mr. Bernanke said, policy makers must try “to ensure that the benefits of global economic integration are sufficiently widely shared.”
Yeah, right and I'm from Missouri.

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