Since we are a free country, why shouldn't any business, large or small, offer employees a wage and nothing else? Since the employer who offers a wage only would be in competition with employers who offer salary and benefits, it is immediately evident that the wage-only employer would need to pay higher wagers in order to attract qualified employees. Employees of this company could purchase their own 401K plans, purchase their own health care, and spend their money as they saw fit. They may even choose not to spend any money on abortions. Sort of fits in with the free country principle, doesn't it?
The reason for a reluctance to do this is the tax laws. Congress and presidents from both political parties give tax breaks for businesses to provide benefits -- but refuse to give those same tax breaks to ordinary citizens. This failure of tax equity is the product of the desire for control of the common people by both the government and the employers.
Though the above proposition is a bit simplistic, I hope the overall scenario of employee liberty can be appreciated. Why are so many of us locked in to working for an employer because of a tax code that gives power to the powerful? Vote for liberty before it is lost.
Peter F. Zych
Hilton Head Island