A reader sent me a link to this article about a Florida company which has banned all employees from smoking–even at home, and asked for my thoughts.
I don’t know why this reader thought I’d have an opinion on this, as I seriously lack opinions.
Ha, ha, sorry about that. Here’s my opinion. I think Franklin D. Roosevelt was a terrible president and that the New Deal did more to damage the United States than almost any other policy. (What policy would fall into the “almost” category, I don’t know off the top of my head, but I’m leaving it open in case I remember something.)
I am not some rambling mad woman (well, yes, yes, I am, but not on this topic. Do you realize how many days until Christmas and that payroll wants any changes for the January 15th pay by this Thursday? Are they mad?), this actually relates.
New Deal legislation prevented companies from paying market rates for jobs. This was in the hopes that companies would hire more people. What happened is that companies began offering non-cash benefits, such as health insurance, to attract employees.
The government encouraged this by giving company offered health insurance tax breaks, not offered to individuals. As a result, more companies began offering health insurance.
Good, right? I don’t think so. This Florida company shows the end result of that. In order to get good employees you have to offer good health benefits. In order to offer health benefits you need to be able to pay for them. If your employees are sick or have bad habits (such as smoking, drinking or eating entire cartons of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream–one carton does not equal one serving, by the way) then your health insurance costs go up.
Solution? Have healthier employees. How to do this? Well, prohibiting smoking sounds like a pretty easy way to do so.
Don’t like it? Get a different job. Still don’t like it? Complain to FDR.
Boy, I’m all political today. Vote Herbert Hoover!