Shop Local Businesses Because Evil CEO's or Something...
Do you see anything wrong with this sign? It's a sign encouraging folks to shop local or shop small businesses. Normally, I wouldn't either, because I think that shopping local and supporting small businesses is a good idea.
I am personally all about capitalism because, contrary to what the leftists say, capitalism does work.
I also believe in the entrepreneur and the small business man or woman. I believe it's the innovation of small businesses that has made America great. The process of an idea taking shape into a product or service is amazing.
However, what I do have a problem with is found within the first line of this sign. "..you're not helping a CEO buy a third holiday home.." Really? This to me is saying that at some point, there is a thought that you've made enough money. This also reminds me of the saying, "pay your fair share." To those two comments, I have to ask, who says when you've made enough and who determines what a fair share is? If your answer is 'the government', then you're reading the wrong blog.
Now, I'd like to know what is so wrong with enough funds to buy a third vacation home? Hell, I'd like to have enough funds to buy ONE vacation home! What if the big corporation person has budgeted and saved and run the company efficiently enough to afford all of that real estate?
Something else that folks seem to forget, the economy thrives because CEO's and corporate bosses have the money to buy vacation homes. They create jobs by the purchases they are able to make and infuse the market with more cash because the people that they put to work are also able to have their own purchasing power. It just makes sense.
This reminds me of another blog I wrote titled, Keynes vs. Hayek: Round Two. In it, I describe and share a video of the two dueling economists F.A. Hayek and John Maynard Keynes. One quote that I love and that fits in with the theme of the economy and spending is this, "The economy's not a car, there's no engine to stall. No expert can fix it, there's no 'it' at all. The economy's us, we don't need a mechanic. Put away the wrenches, the economy's organic."
So, yes, by all means, support local and small businesses if you so choose, but don't, as my friend Sean Murphy says, "Shop shame, the liberal way."