Oh I’m barely a socialist tbh. But I’m not a capitalist either. I’m just here.
I run a business. I’ve run several. I did my fun with stocks. Had a nice paying job for a short time. I look around and ask, “Why are people spending that much money for that thing?” “Why don’t they simplify production of that product, reduce a few yacht buys and be able to provide quality product for more people?”
I look at services businesses. I run as ethical a service business as I can. I give the majority of the profit to those who do the work. I take a tiny cut and the business has a tiny cut. I’m owner and administration. I don’t think administration should get the bulk, nor owner. So, I do what I can to do my part of things right.
But, I can’t even call it a business. That’s just gloat. American reality is: It’s not really a small business until you have 50+ employees. Anything under is a microbiz, or something inbetween microbiz and small biz.
Yet, most businesses in the USA are under 50 employees, and all of the BENEFITS available to small business and above are simply not available for 50 and under employees.
Yet, we’re led to believe that “You’re a small business, you with 15 employees, you with 2 employees, you sole, you family business” – and, well, it’s a marketing lie.
You see, this is where I’m not a socialist, not fully: Once you REALLY understand how America is currently designed to DEPEND UPON employers doing the work of government, it really hits home how we’re doing it wrong.
“Firms with fewer than 20 workers made up 89.0 percent.”.
89%. Under 20 workers. Hold onto that for a moment. 89% of American businesses have under 20 workers.
Watch this: “Add in the number of nonemployer businesses – there were 24.8 million in 2016 (latest data) – then the share of U.S. businesses with less than 20 workers increases to 98.0 percent.”
98% of US Businesses employee under 20 people, whether or not it’s 1099 or w2.
Now, our system is designed that your EMPLOYER takes care of a lot of things for you. Healthcare and such. BUT Employers under 50 employees aren’t required to do any of that stuff.
So, 98% of US businesses (more than that but the stats I have show 20 and under – and 50 and under will be more) – do not have to provide anything for the workers.
So, just as the benefits of running a small business (tax credits and such) are not available for businesses under 50 employees, there are also no benefits for the employees.
So what do they do for all of those benefits that the American system is counting on Businesses to provide for their employees?
They don’t. But it’s all hidden under a veil of language that conflates “small business” and “employer” with the reality of how businesses run in the USA and what they run without and what the people who run them and work for them go without.
I believe in Maslow’s needs. I see absolutely NO LOGICAL REASON why levels one and two cannot be taken care of by the community – and it can be big. The rest is up to you.