Home Correction letter We have been getting our essential services at reduced prices for decades

We have been getting our essential services at reduced prices for decades

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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A flyer outside a Salt Lake City home urges citizens to support essential workers, Monday, March 30, 2020.

The pandemic has changed our economy in many ways, but it has also revealed fundamental flaws. Experts cry and hang on to rising inflation without ever producing anything of value to this economy. Granted, none of us want to pay more for anything, but when viewed with a more sober eye, the evolution of the cost of goods and services might be more of a course correction than a sign of something going wrong. do not go. We, citizens, have long benefited from an infinite variety of services at a subsidized rate.

The pandemic has exposed an entire essential workforce that has been underestimated and underpaid. It’s hard to say whether by coincidence or by intention, but the workers who add the most value to our daily lives are the least financially valued. Perhaps a modified version of “you prefer” will allow you to judge who is more essential.

Who would you rather pay higher wages to, the person who looks after your kids while you work, or the person who entertains your kids on YouTube?

Who would you rather pay higher wages to, the person who literally put the roof on your house or the person who puts the sign up for sale in front of them?

Who would you rather pay higher wages to, the EMT who tries to save your life after an accident or the MMA actor / comedian / podiatrist who provides medical advice?

Who would you rather pay higher wages to, the person who serves you food in a restaurant or the smug expert who serves you trash on the TV screen?

There is no doubt that many of those with the highest wages in our economy provide the least added value. Rather than railing against workers who are not interested in a return to stagnant wages and slim benefits, perhaps consider complaining about a salary structure that is not aligned with merit or value. from his work.

Put yourself in the shoes of the hard working people in my examples and you will find that we have had our essential services at reduced prices for decades.

David Vala, Taylorsville

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