Are corporations people? For that matter, is any business?

These questions may not seem profound to some, but look below the surface and beyond what you see on the evening news, online or in the newspaper and you will see the answer is a definite “Yes.”

Regardless of whether there has been an overt or covert attempt to dehumanize business the fact remains that business equals people.

Just one example of the effort to dehumanize business came when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the Hobby Lobby case — where the court found that a closely held corporation had the right to religious freedoms — and those on the left of the political spectrum cried “foul.”

Actually businesses bring together people who, through teamwork, produce more than they could by individual efforts. Hopefully they make a profit — not unlimited sums of money but a profit nonetheless ... a return on their investment of resources (time, effort, and money).

In the process, much of the gross income businesses receive from the sale of their products or services goes toward paying workers (e.g., people), making capital improvements and yes, hiring more people to make more of the products or services demanded by their consumers (people willing to purchase the products/services to meet their needs). And don’t forget the investors. They are people too.

Many investors are folks like the retired teacher or plant worker who has a 401K or who made small investments in the market. When the economy goes south — be it because of high corporate tax rates, Obamacare taxes, or the like — it affects them as well.

Although large corporations appear to do well, medium sized businesses produce more total revenue than large corporations. Small “mom and pop” businesses produce even more total revenue than them all. Why? Because there are more small businesses. Many large corporations would not be in existence without small businesses that are their suppliers or which consume their products and services.

It is amazing to us that many of those, who have disdain for entrepreneurs, talk about the circle of life and how each organism is dependent for its survival on every other species while they don’t seem to comprehend the circle of business life. Yes, businesses have a life and a life cycle. No person is, or can be, truly successful in business without meeting the needs of others. Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

It is also true that we eventually reap what we’ve sown. That’s why those who riot and rob businesses while brandishing the motto, “No Justice, No Peace” are short sighted. They’re not only destroying their own economic chances, but those of their children and their communities.

But is it their community? Many times the rioters are opportunists who are bused in to fan the flames of communities with broken families and raw emotions. In our view, it is criminal to exploit the brokenhearted, leaving them in worse condition by destroying the hopes and dreams of family owned businesses that provide economic hope to the community.

Lisa and John Gay own a small business in Dickinson.

(7) comments

PD Hyatt

Excellent article that needs to go nation wide.... Problem is though I know it won't....

George Croix

The people who so despise anyone being profitable may need to consider where the money for their entitlements comes from...

Raif Smith

I think all businesses should make a profit. However if they can't pay a living wage, they should not hire people

If all business pay a living wage, they have a level playing field.

Then the tax payers would not have to subsidize businesses with food stamps, housing, etc

I hear people ranting about illegals,. Who hires these people? Why are they not charged with breaking the law?

Would people need entitlements if employers paid a living wage?

Why do people want businesses
to receive tax subsidizes but not people?

Why are some people so anti people?

PD Hyatt

raifm, how is a business supposed to pay what you call a living wage, when the labor isn't worth what you would deem a living wage? Minimum wage jobs were not designed to support a family they were designed to teach a person some skills and work ethics so that they could move on to a better paying job. None of the Burger Kings or any of those other similar types of companies can afford to pay ALL of their employees what you call a living wage? Besides what is a living wage.... Does that pay you enough to buy a new car and at what price range. A home? How many cell phones should that be able to afford? Many people have a different take on what a living wage is? I saw a chart where if you had 5 kids you needed to make X number of dollars to have a living wage. I agree, but you need to find a job with a different set of job skills to make that kind of money.... A business should not have to pay you based on the number of people that are in your family they should pay you based on your education, your job skills, people skills and the way you present yourselve.... Not on the number of people who are in your family that you are supporting....

Matt Coulson

So will you end HUD. Snap, etc if the minimum wage is doubled? I don't think so.

George Croix

WHAT is a 'living wage', other than yet another Administration divisive diversion?
Is it the same for a guy with 4 kids and a mortgage as it is for a single guy living at home? How about if they both have the same job, and do it equally well?
Should the former get paid more than the latter because of his personal need for more money?
'Living wage' - just another DC buzz phrase meant to gin up support for people who have proven for 50 years that attempting to lift people up cannot be done with handouts or minimums - it can only be done with good paying jobs with benefits, something utterly foreign to the current powers that be.
Or, winning the lottery...

Chris DeVries

Thanks to the Gays for having the courage to pen and submit this article. As a small business owner, I agree fully with their opinion.

raifm, do yourself a favor and spend a little time reading some of Milton Friedman's work for a better understanding of the potential of free-market capitalism.

We, in the USA, are in the process of dismantling our capitalist society - the greatest, most broadly-affluent society in all of world history. All this socialist stuff sounds great - until you try to put it in practice. We have seen it fail time and time again. What you propose and advocate is just a form of socialism with a little communism sprinkled in for good measure. Won't work - ever - and we know this because it fails every time it's tried.

Is capitalism always fair? Heck no. But it's the best hope for every free person to prosper - but they must do it, not depend on others, or the government to do it for them. Some succeed, some fail, some fall in-between and live a happy life. Point is: at least you had a chance to succeed, and were free to try whatever you choose as the best path to your own success. Certainly, there is a need for laws and some regulation to punish bad actors - but overall, we are going way, way too far right now.

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