I agree with much of what you wrote. I respect companies that are reverent and humble when it comes to transitioning employees out of the workplace when necessary. Where we part ways is that I don't believe it is the responsibility of government or regulators to punish companies that don't give me the warm fuzzies with respect to their business practices.<quoted text>A company can be vicious in taking away jobs, or it has the option, albeit more costly (which is anathema to capitalism), to be compassionate when reducing the ranks.
For example, many corporations have provided counseling, assistance, and even helped their laid-off employees to obtain other employment. Since you seem to be an "absolutist capitalist," I suppose you think that shows weakness on the part of the corporations, since they hold all the cards in the "employment game." Apparently, it would surprise you that the management of a corporation can show empathy and support for their long-term loyal employees, who supported and helped built the corporation.
Don't be sorry for me. Feel sorry for yourself, as you tuck your tail between your legs and go out searching for another means of supporting yourself. Just remember: you brought it all upon yourself and thus you deserve it. Be sure to bow before your corporate masters, but remember: It will not do you any good.
The most egregious of corporate actions is taking away employee pension funds from their laid-off employees. Money which was accumulated by the corporation specifically to provide a means of support after the retirement of those employees.
You can thank your "benevolent leader," Ronald Reagan, who allowed that capitalist money-making ploy to happen during his term of office.
Romney says, "I like being able to fire people," and also says that he is "not concerned about the very poor."
That attitude represents a continuation of his bullying tactics which he exhibited as a high school student. Vote Romney! Be oppressed! Enjoy!
Your other point about bowing to my corporate master? Explain to me who is the slave? Is it I, who recognizes that the employee / employer partnership is predatory for both parties, and that both sides wish to squeeze the most out of the other? Is it I, who is responsible for my own decisions and abilities and thus, my value in the workplace? Nope. I'm free to move on and so are they. Maybe it's you, who apparently seeks a benevolent corporation that will guarantee your place in the workforce, the security of a comfortable retirement, and a pat on the head for being just good enough.
Sounds like one of us is more beholden to the evil, rotten, dirty, corporation than the other.
Most men do not desire freedom, only a just master.