CTP HEADERI have absolutely nothing against business as a practice or even a profession.  Really I don’t.  Well, at least not in principle.

Basically I can’t see any other way for goods & services to be supplied to the general public other that by people specialising in certain areas and organizing themselves in such a way as to provide them.  So it should follow that I have nothing against those who provide that organisation receiving some kind of reward for their efforts, and I’d even go so far to say that governments can play a role in helping them when they can.

The reason I feel the need to say this is that the second I suggest, for example, that perhaps things like health and education should be priorities for government ahead of the concerns of private enterprise, I would no doubt be branded a “socialist” or even a “communist” by pro-establishment commentators.  And the reason for this, I feel anyway, is because those commentators feel the need to jump to such an extreme for fear of losing the argument.

Because anyone who has studied the realm of Economics will know that it is not just the goal of the business community to make profits, it is to MAXIMISE them.  This means every avenue must be explored to ensure that this year’s bottom line is greater than last year’s.

And why shouldn’t they behave like that?  I don’t feel any less empathy for their concerns than I do towards my 4-year-old when he’s engrossed in some imaginary scenario with his toys.  The only thing is…when it’s time to put the toys away and focus on something else, like going out or bedtime or some other important function of day-to-day life, they can’t be allowed to scream and whinge so they can get their own way and continue what they are doing.

Unfortunately many Western countries are so blinkered when it comes to the concerns of the business community that they don’t even feel the need to hide it.  Take the floods we saw during the week which luckily didn’t affect me personally, but had devastating repercussions in the south of the country.

Turn on the evening news and you see RTE rightly making the floods a headline story…yet when they send their reporters out to assess the damages, where do they go first?  The businesses on the high street.

Now once more I must point out that I do not wish ill on any business owner and no doubt the floods did have adverse effects for them.  But what of people in their homes, particularly the elderly?  What of hospitals?  What of schools?  And most of all…what of the homeless? 

I’m not saying those weren’t covered by the media by the way, they were.  But as the title of this post suggests, it is clear who we are meant to consider first when such unfortunate events happen.

I firmly believe that allowing our government to focus their energies on providing quality education and healthcare to all of its citizens would actually be beneficial to the business community.  If they could choose from a workforce that was healthy and well-educated then surely the increase in production (and iin turn profits) would be great?

Sadly, they seem to be more concerned that a workforce which was educated and healthy would be both smart enough and fit enough to turf them out.   And they disguise this fear by suggesting, again by going to extremes, that such a “socialist” system would produce nothing but scroungers.

Maybe it’s time for US to educate THEM just how much the appreciative contributors to society would out-number the free-loaders. JLP

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