My Crazy World

My Crazy World

The Life and Musings of Andrew Almquist

The Road to Hell

I’m an observer, a thinker, and a producer. I take the things that I see, mull it all over, and then produce something of value from it all. Value is something that I hold dear. It is the universal currency that can be traded with others to acquire the things that one needs to survive and be happy.

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the news books, and spending more time than I care to paying attention to politics and the current social climate in our once great country. I’ve observed, and analyzed. At times I’ve cried. What I’ve found scares me to the bone and leaves me with a feeling of hopelessness. After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Hell is exactly where I see our country going.

See, there is a lot going on in our country that is based upon nothing but the best intentions. Just as the apple tempted Eve in the bible, so too do the promises tempt us. As we’re learning with the Affordable Care Act, the promises are doomed to fall short because while the intentions are good, they fail to take into account the consequences that will be faced in the future. Because we choose to believe so strongly in the good of these promises, we also choose to ignore the reality that lies beneath them, and so our country begins to fall into the depths of hell.

To help you understand what I mean, I’m going to go back to the premise that value is the universal currency. Value doesn’t come free. It takes work to produce value. We are motivated to produce value based on the premise that we’re receive more value in return. This is motivation. Now let’s look at what a program like the Affordable Care Act does to this motivation.

Now let’s assume you’re a hard worker. You have a good job. Over the years you have been trading the value you provide for money and the health insurance that the company provides you. Because you take pride in your ability to provide value you work for a company that returns your value fairly, and actually allows you to see that you’re being compensated fairly. They barely break even each month in order to provide the best possible compensation for their employees. Even so, you still barely break even with your finances every month because, let’s face it, costs have been climbing. Now the Affordable Care Act enters the picture. The insurance rates the company you work for climbs over 100 percent, forcing them to pass on the cost to their employees since they’ve already been providing the best they could. Now you face having to part with 10% of your income as a result. Normally, this would motivate you to try to work harder, provide more value and increase the bottom like of the company you worked for so that they could afford the increase, but there’s a problem with programs like the ACA.

See, your motivation is directly related to the amount of value you receive for the value you produce. You’re now receiving less value for your work that the guy that sits in a fast food restaurant picking his nose while he flips your burgers. This flips the original equation, and now, the more value you produce, the less value you receive in return, so you lose your motivation to do more. Now you’re motivated to do worse. You’re motivated to let everyone else pick up your tab rather than taking on the responsibility for yourself. Guess what! You aren’t the only one!

Now as we look at the future. We raise minimum wage, costs continue to rise, the host companies like the one you work for eventually go under, and more and more people choose to take the route that provides the most value. The route were you provide the least possible value in return. The companies that were once honest and worked hard to provide for their employees now try to provide the least possible to their employees in order to ensure they can survive the next social program that gets implemented. It gets harder to find employees who will work hard for companies because you receive less valuation on your value if you work hard. Because more people work less, there is more need for social programs to provide for these people. Because that requires more money, more money is forced from employers. Now that more programs have raised the value of doing less even more, fewer people work and the spiral continue. From here it repeats over and over again until eventually, there is nothing left to take, and nothing left to give.

The road to hell is paved with the best intentions, and we’re already most of the way there.

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