Making Ends Meet Analysis

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The United States’ economy is essentially the base of society. However, throughout history, as the economy has grown, serious problems have come up. The poverty rate today is extremely high, the minimum wage is not sufficient in providing for a family, and there is also discrimination and inequality all over the employment frontier. Also, many businesses are reluctant to enable employees to form unions. All of these problems over time have led to serious debate for change in the economy. However, it is easier said than done. “Making Ends Meet,” written by David Patton, Ron Powers and Steve Herminghausen, aid to these issues by suggesting three approaches that may help today’s economy become more efficient. As mentioned previously, poverty…show more content…
Many employers are reluctant if not opposed to enable their workers to form a union. This is because the workers would become higher maintenance in terms of paying for health benefits, higher wages and the workers would be less expendable. With employees not in unions, they have little or no protection against losing their job at any given time. Unions provide protection from the employer’s or company’s threat of unemployment, no benefits or low wages. However, today only certain occupations have organized unions and many are continuing to fight to begin their own. All of these issues have built up and accumulated over time, and now is the time to be thinking about what can be done about it. In “Making Ends Meet,” written by David Patton, Ron Powers and Steve Herminghausen, there are three separate approaches designed to try to help fix these problems. However, before even going on, all of these approaches and any other approach are going to take a pretty long time, but in the long run may just…show more content…
Very importantly, workers should be better protected from employer intimidation when attempting to organize unions. Businesses need to take employees seriously and understand that although it will cost more to pay a union income, it benefits the employees’ welfare and may improve their individual performance. Mass transit should also be improved. It will help economically and environmentally. And finally, employment insurance should be extended as well. However, the government regulations and public funding would have to be carefully planned and observed. Government interference would be at a minimum to try to maintain a free market as well. And, as always, any action has a consequence or tradeoff. This one will as well. People may abuse funded services, so perhaps the services must be better regulated in order to be eligible and maintain eligibility. Altogether, I feel that a mixture of approaches is the most economically efficient course of

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