Well samhill, we are not to far apart. But you call yourself a Dem. I don't know why still. The only thing I disagree with is that businesses are greedy. I can relate it best in this way.
A few years back, I was on the local Extension commitee. I was asked to serve as a liason to a regional business seminar that the Extension had put on for 3 or 4 years and it had been so successful that our wonderful govenor was goingto adopt it as his model for how to promote small business growth in rural Maine. HE latched on because it was a success and the gov. never had any success trying to do the same thing. At any rate in my first meeting, immediately a young, liberal, environmentalist, college educated peace corp(South Africa) girl, wanted to ram her idea of the "theme" for the coming years event to be "A Living Wage". She and the head of the business commitee from the U of Maine went back and forth and I finally asked what a "living wage" was defined as. After she told me, he ended the debate by looking her in the eye and saying, "We have spent the last 3 years teaching a variety of people how to start, run, streamline, market , etc, in order to make it in business. The bottom line is that if they don't make money, they will not be in business."
I now find references to the living wage thing in the books I am reading about Fascism. It was promoted my Mussolini, Hitler, and Lenin. It is a Socialist creed. The Democratic party, if I look at what they propose, represent the same things the early socialist wanted. Nothing has changed in 100 years except that we are closer to losing our individual liberties to attain damn little security and the kicker is they are spending our money to bribe us! (See the 1.1 trillion dollar bill passed today.)
Back to the greed thing. If you don't compete, you go out of business. Period.
Blame the gov. for moving us into a world economy where we cannot control the slavery to produce things. Blame unions for wanting to take more and more profit away from business. Blame environmental laws that cripple the ability to manufacture anything. Blame lawyers for frivulous lawsuits. Blame insurance companies for raping everyone. (See lawyers) Blame our own gov. for taxing the snot out of anyone trying to run a business. But why blame someone willing to invest money, hire people(headaches), and all the other things that go with running your own business, IF YOU DON"T MAKE MONEY? I tried it and went back to being self employed.