When two or more people agree to do something, we make agreements, verbal or otherwise. When we make these agreements, we should follow through with those agreements, unless one party of the other violates the spirit of the agreements. That is what is known as integrity:
- You promise to do something
- You do it.
What if you promise to do something, then don’t do it? Or you promise to do something, but then do something else, without even asking the other party if it would be okay to do this other thing? Or just decide, for no reason whatsoever, to screw the other person, because you wanted to change the terms of the agreement to your own benefit.
Now that wouldn’t be very nice would it? But the state does this, on a regular basis, with no moral qualms about it whatsoever. In fact, the state firmly believes that it can change any agreement, at will and with no justification. They are like the spoiled child who first wants one thing, then immediately the other, as long as THEY benefit. They do not care what you want.
When everything in the economy started to fall apart in the big crash of 2009-2010, the Obama administration went back and started re-writing contracts which were already written between employers and employees. They were going back and looking at how much money they employees were making and making decisions based on fairness.
Imagine how that might work:
- You get a job
- When you accept that job, both you and your employer decide on a fair salary for your work
- You go on the assumption that for the work you are performing, you will be paid that salary
- You expect your company to meet the agreement in paying you that salary, and you expect to fulfill your duties in order to provide service to your employer in exchange for that salary
Sounds good so far right? Typical job situation. Then the government gets involved.
- The federal government decides that your company must be penalized for some reason. Usually because they have done their jobs too well and made money. Most governments penalize success.
- The penalty has nothing to do with your personal performance at the company
- Even so, it reviews your companies books and decides that someone in your position is overpaid for the work that you do
- It goes back and “reassesses” your salary based on some new arbitrary number that it feels you are worth, not an agreed upon amount which was determined based on market forces at the time you accepted the job.
- It retroactively revises your contract, so that you are now at this new salary, which was NOT arrived at via an agreement between you and your employer
Some of you might think – that’s not a big deal. Employers do this all the time. You just have to suck it up.
Big big difference, people. Employers do it in order to survive. Plus they work within the confines of the contract itself. They don’t arbitrarily, retroactively change the terms of the agreements that they have with you.
What the government is saying is that any and all agreements, even those they don’t enter into – can be rendered null and void, anytime they want them to. It’s like there is no more rule of law.
If this is allowed to continue, America will be indistinguishable from the dictatorships we fight against.