I read with interest the comments following this RJT article detailing the upcoming cuts at Twin Disc.
A dangerous gimmee mentality has evolved in this country that stands to destroy any benefit of working hard and becoming successful.
Lets say you want to be a hair stylist. You have some natural talent that you leverage by attending the best beauty schools. You sacrifice your time and energy to become one of the best stylists in town.
You get a job in a salon and soon attract a strong customer base. You notice that there are three other stylists employed there that mostly sit around, read magazines and gossip. They really don't have any regulars and make their money off the "walk ins". They never went to beauty school, nor keep up on the latest styles. They're satisfied making a tenth of what you make.
After a while, you are promoted to Head Stylist and oversee the day to day operations. Even though you have been doing well, the salon, due to the economic downturn, begins to struggle financially.
One day, the owner comes in and states that there will be layoffs and some cutbacks in services. Two of the stylists are let go.
The next day, you read in the RJT how unfair it is that these people lost their jobs. After all, look at how much money you are making. There in the article is a breakdown of your salary and tips. Why couldn't you give up half your earnings so these people could still have a job?
In the comments section of the article, the usual idiots complain about what a terrible person you are for making that much money. How can you possibly live with yourself when these people are losing their jobs?
This attitude has to change. We should applaud success, not deride it. If not, the Orwellian concept of 1984 may become harsh reality.