The government not intervening in certain practices opens the door for abuse, something our country has a long history of. I'm not saying it happens at your place of business specifically, but using yourself to characterize the country as a whole is ridiculous.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Labor sustains a weak economy. They do this because of a shortage in intellectual capital.Are you denying that it's the workers who maintain it through labor? Labor sustains the economy, not intellectual property.
When unskilled workers are not a dime a dozen, then we can argue about their merit.
Yes, the low end has increased very little(though it has varied with the markets) but the high end has grown in leaps and bounds.
And the welfare program is poorly done, but it's still something we need - I'd much rather implement a version of the CCCs. In no way does a system that helps keep the poor alive responsible for their poverty - people on welfare live in depressing conditions, which is incentive for advancement in it's own right.