The culture of American Greed has gotten out of hand. Trump himself is the poster boy for all things GREED. Like the robber barons of the last Gilded Age in America, Trump also seems to really enjoy gold plating everything. I guess the logic back then was everything was “wonderful” and “so prosperous” the wealthy would gold plate parts of their gates to keep the poor masses out and generously allow the poor to join in the “prosperity” by getting to see thin layers of gold as decoration as they walk by. Meanwhile the reality was inequality was high and most people were not doing financially well (except for the people that could afford to gold plate decorative items).
There used to be a business culture in this country where employers tried to take care of their employees so that they would work hard to make the company even more profitable. This also reduced turnover at work and most people felt like they had some security and a future at whatever business or company they worked. There are still a few companies like this left that treat their employees with respect and loyalty, but they tend to be more of the exception than the rule anymore.
Now we have a culture of make everything a corporation and remove the ownership from having to deal directly with their employees. The new system tries to make everyone completely dispensable and then make everyone fear losing their job so that they work harder, longer, and faster for overall less inflation adjusted pay. Then, the corporations try to make up for the large amount of turnover by underpaying someone else to constantly do training.
I’m assuming that only caring about profit helps the owners rationalize everything in a complex business down to just one single figure. I can only imagine that when some people feel they need their 10th yacht just looking at that one figure probably tells them if they can afford that yacht this year or not.
The process of oversimplifying everything down to just a single profit number I guess allows people to not have to consider the larger picture or have any guilt for what they are inflicting on others by being greedy. Like how many employees had to get food stamps to be able to eat? Or how many had to sign up for Medicaid (because their employer did everything they could to make sure they didn’t have to pay any type of benefit or fair wage)? Or how many people went homeless because their wages could not provide them a place to live in? How many people went without in general or struggled with poverty because their wages were too low?