Also, FWIW, I blocked biz at 9:04 because I can't read any more, even in single sentence form, of his dumbassery.
Now he's MikeT23 has the ultimate triangle of ignorance going on: Childish insults, telling others what to think, and the classic "I'm ignoring you so I don't actually have to try to defend my position".
His ability to make me laugh transcends well beyond his reading of my posts and actually responding.
It is the individual's job to get paid as much as he feels he's worth. If business A won't pay him, go to business B. If business B won't do it, go to business C. If business C-Z won't do it, maybe the individual should re-evaluate his worth.
Except the market is held down artificially by the stagnant economy (and by laws and regulations, but I won't get into that now). To put it in layman's terms, while most jobs should pay more than they do, employers can get away with offering less across the board of wages and benefits because of the high number of job seekers and low number of jobs. In a better economic situation (and with better economic policies) there would be a lot more quality jobs (and jobs in general) to go around, which would force employers to pay better wages and offer better benefits if they wanted to attract better (more educated, more experienced, or whatever) employees. Otherwise, as you point out, better employees can and do look elsewhere for work. Unfortunately they are very limited in the ability to do that by conditions I've already described, so it's not a realistic situation right now for the most part.
As a business owner, it's no my job to make sure you can afford car insurance. That's your responsibility.
Another self serving statement, but not a surprise considering the source.
Sure, people are responsible for their earning to an extent, but businesses need to be held more accountable for how they treat employees, who are a valuable resource. Sometimes paying a little more for something increases the quality by a margin much greater than the cost, and the same is true of human resources - sometimes paying a bit more in salary or benefits gets better employees and makes existing employees work harder and better and provides for better morale. It's not as black and white as you seem to think.
Employers will pay the rate that the market demands. They are under no legal or moral obligation to pay more than that.
Unfortunately for many people, this is absolutely true.
You are paid based upon what the market says your PERCEIVED combination of job skills is worth for the particular job or career you are in. The more valuable and rare your skills are perceived to be (and may or may not actually be), the more you are paid, and vice versa. To give an extreme example of how this works, no one is arguably a better NBA player than LeBron James. Since he is the only one who possesses his skills (or if you say others are as good, since he is one of a rare few who possess those skills) he makes a lot of money since those skills are in demand (by NBA teams). Conversely, someone who "flips burgers" at McDonald's is performing a skill which employers probably believe (and perhaps rightly so) could be performed by any number of people who are also willing to do the job (because of a variety of reasons) so they get paid minimum wage (or close to it) in most cases.
one can infer from his posts that he seems to feel that there is a fundamental sense of morality that is somehow being violated in a capitalist economic system.
It's not a matter of morals so much as a matter of logic.
When the vast majority of people are held down by an economic structure (capitalism) so that a small minority may benefit, there may well be moral implications, but sheer logic dictates the majority should not be happy with that situation and should probably rise up and demand it be changed.
This is why the group in power (the wealthy) perpetuate the half-truth of "if you just work harder, you can rise up and be rich like me" to keep the masses in check with the largely false hope they too can become one of the elite who have lots of money and take advantage of everyone else.
They also use their wealth to create a system of power that makes it all but certain the masses cannot rise up and demand change by doing everything from making sure like-minded people get elected to make decision in their favor to promoting propaganda to the masses to make them second guess an overturn of the system that holds them down.
Most people are not going to agree with his condemnation of capitalism as being fundamentally immoral unless their names are Marx or Lenin.
Actually there are a great deal of people who share many of my beliefs. Some of them don't express these beliefs for fear of reprisal by those in favor of the current system. Some do. They include educated people such as myself as well as a large group of people who simply understand the current system doesn't benefit them. You can easily see the level of understanding of this by the relatively recent protests who declared "we are the 99%" and other such mantras which show they recognize the truth that capitalism is set up to benefit a small minority at the expense of the vast majority.