It occurred to me the other day as I was talking with my friend, and were commenting on something I was looking to buy, and of course there was the ‘cheaper’ model and a good model, and when I said ‘well you get what you pay for’ It dawned on me how wrong that thought really was. I don’t think I had ever really thought about it before and it got me thinking.
When did it become okay to accept poor quality and substandard service, because we are too poor to pay for the same product if it is made well? When did we decide that if you are poor then ‘generic’ prescriptions are available, leaving the ‘original’ prescription for those with money? When did we decide as a society that its okay to shortchange the poor and to give shoddy and cheap generic products and service? When did we as a society decide that if you are poor you are not as worthy as a rich person?
By our acceptance of this, we have effectively created a subclass of Americans, you know the poor and working poor and the elderly, disabled and children that our society has deemed only good enough for the cheap knock off. After all if you are poor why should you get good products, good healthy food, good prescriptions and good service, has become the mantra of our country. Not only have we as a society accepted it, many see nothing wrong with it.
There should never ever have been a need to make ‘generic’ brands of prescriptions and actually of most everything, as there should never ever have been the mindset that poor people deserve lesser quality than the rich. Instead all things should be made quality and sold at reasonable prices. Of course that might mean that corporations can’t make quite the fortune they now make, but if they at the same time starting paying livable wage jobs, then more and more people could buy that which is for sale and in the long run make them just as rich.
So I ask you when did we as a society decide to settle for less?