Let me in on a conversation I have with my kids:
Me: Why can’t you buy that?
Kids: Because I don’t have a job.
Me: You don’t have a job because THE MAN is keeping you down.
Kids: Who is THE MAN?
Me: As soon as you figure it out you find out that YOU are THE MAN and you are keeping someone down.
But seriously almost all of us are part of THE MAN. Take Wal-Mart for instance. People bitch and complain about several things Wal-Mart does. I have listed several below with some comments beside them.
- Wal-Mart does not pay well – Do you want to pay more for the stuff at Wal-Mart? How about you start tipping your Wal-Mart employees if you think they should make more.
- Wal-Mart should provide better benefits – Remember your 401(k)? I bet some of it is invested in Wal-Mart stock or something similar. You OK with the price of that stock and thus your portfolio going down?
- Wal-Mart does not buy much American made stuff – Again, you cool with paying more? I am not going to even get into the argument that you are helping people in other countries escape extreme poverty.
Everything is a trade off. What are you willing to do or give up to make a change?
You have two choices: do something about it or shut up and suck it up buttercup.