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Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Provo, UT

Hard to convince people that the gap between rich and poor is due to the rich working harder. Do the 1% really work a million times harder than the rest of the country?

We need to narrow the gap. Raising the minimum wage forces business to deal fair with their workers, and not to rely on taxpayer assistance. It seems the real socialists are the business community, and the Capitalists are those who want business to pay fair market wages.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

It is "greed" on both sides - employers and employees.

Just as govts. are comprised of people, so are markets. Labor markets determine the wages of janitors and CEOs. They are comprised of people on all sides of the equation.

Previously, in the 60s and 70s, US labor markets provided more income to line workers and less to corporate executives. Since then, more of corporate earnings have been shifted to corporate executives and less to line workers. This has not been true in other countries that compete quite successfully with us.

There is no magic in the current wage ratios. They simply reflect our current thinking on the respective value of different categories of labor. We need to investigate why that is vs. relying on simplistic answers.

Note that it is incorrect to compare most corporate executives with entrepreneurs who start businesses by risking their own capital. Most are simply high rent employees who had absolutely nothing to do with the start of the businesses they run. They bear no more risk than the employees they supervise so risk cannot explain the huge differences in compensation rates.

Durham, NC

I know our dear friend Mike Richards likes to create his own reality, but this statement takes the cake....

"The auto industry started buying robots (for hundreds of thousands of dollars - each) to replace people who came to work unprepared, hungover, on drugs, and sleeping when the boss wasn't around."

"Sleeps when the boss wasn't around" ...... what, they just shut the line down when the boss wasn't around? Mike, have you ever seen, less alone worked on an assembly line? The level of distain you present towards those who largely built this nation coming out of WWII, American Industry, is surprising. It was American manufacturing that powered this nation.... these were not all drug induced drunks sleeping on the job.

I just don't understand why some despise the working class so much. What, because they were unionized, they were all drunks? Good grief.

Provo, UT

Mike Richards - "Are we slaves, or do we have feet?"

People walk away from a job because of poor pay, benefits or working conditions, and the business will just hire more people here illegally or demand congress give them more visas.

The American worker is not on a level playing field, and has not been for 30 years.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

You are good worker,
but a lousy businessman.

A good worker shows others how to also be a good or better workers,
they are concerned with the job, and by sharing knowledge -- make the job easier for each other.

A good business man would train someone else just enough to do job "A", and nothing more,
reducing their over-all "value",
and them pay them the very least amount possible.

Knowledge is power,
and Power is money.

Corporations don't want knowledgeable and higher value employees.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

L White
Springville, UT

You and your "hubby" live in a world 50 years ago.

Hard work is not rewarded, and neither is a good education.

In today's world,
If a person works hard, and makes $9,
and another person doesn't work as hard, but makes $725 an hour...
A Business will keep the cheaper labor each and every time.

I have a brother-in-law with a Bachelor's Degeree in Micro-biology.
Grew up on a Farm, knows plenty about getting up early and working hard!
$60,000 in student debt, he makes $9 an hour now working in an Auto-parts store.

I know a guy in my ward,
didn't go to college, but is a genius with cars.

Can't get a job,
Because in today's market - a Bachelor's Degree only nets you a $8 an hour job.

GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

to Roland Kayser & Mike Richards on page 1...

How many many Americans work in STEM Fields as opposed to "Financial Services"?

Where I work, a majority of the software engineers are S Asian or E Asian. A majority of the MBA's are Caucasian.

Why? Could it be the Republican war on Education? Could it be Hollywood glorifying Wall Street and stereotyping nerds? Is it both?

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