Blizzard recovery showcases benefits of capitalism

Tens of thousands of businesses in the Snow Belt have parking lots that must be cleared of snow immediately after a snowstorm in order for them to sell their wares. They do not rely on the government; there is no "snow czar", and there is no "department of snow removal" for businesses. They are on their own in terms of clearing their parking lots.

In our pop culture capitalism is portrayed as a failed and unfair system that is the cause of many of our economic problems. Pundits claim that it is a biased system that transfers wealth from the working class to the rich. There are few defenses of this system of commerce in our education system or our press.  But the proof of the pudding is in the taste, and the ongoing cleanup of recent record snowfalls is a living testimonial of the supremacy of capitalism.

The challenge of clearing all of these lots seems insurmountable;  various and sundry parking lot sizes and locations spread across many states- all needing to have the way cleared in time for the first customer of the morning. Customers will not pull into snowbound parking lots. Within hours of the end of the snowstorm the lots must be cleared.

And to the rescue are thousands of small businesses that clear lots for a fee. They wake up in the wee hours to hit the road, or they may work well into the night because many also have regular 9 to 5 jobs too. They buy pickup trucks and spend thousands for salt and plows so that they can earn money pushing snow.  They don't do it because they care about whether or not you can get to the grocery store; they are working in their own best interest, they are doing it for the money. And as is the rule with capitalism they can only make money if they provide a valuable service to the community.

There is no central planning, nobody has to tell them when, how, or what to do, and thank goodness there is no thick book of regulations and procedures. Real people who are looking for a way to put food on the table take it upon themselves to invest their time and capital in a manner that people are willing to compensate them for.  Think for a moment about the monumental task that these "working stiffs" take on every time it snows.

I salute the American snow removal industry. They do a fantastic job that allows us to have a quick return to normalcy after huge snowfalls. Who would say that they profit unfairly, who would say that they are greedy, who would say that their profits should be redistributed to those who didn't get out there and plow?

The snow removal industry is a perfect example of how capitalism improves the lives of the American people. (And can improve the lives of people in every country.) If we apply this model to other industries it is obvious that people working in their own interests, providing the services we need, and keeping the money they earn, facilitate our comfortable lifestyle. I say "more power to them".

Contrast this system with a government run system; what would snow removal be like if the snow plowers were employed by the government, couldn't be fired for slow service, and made the same money whether their customer's lots were plowed at 8 am or 8 pm? What would it be like if the DMV ran all of the plows?

The next time you hear someone bash capitalism, think about how well the system works for you. Think about how you can leisurely pull into the plowed parking lot of your favorite business after a blizzard.  Take time to recognize that it is capitalism that has allowed you to go about your business with minimal inconvenience, and make sure to defend and protect this most fair and most productive system of commerce known to humanity.
Tens of thousands of businesses in the Snow Belt have parking lots that must be cleared of snow immediately after a snowstorm in order for them to sell their wares. They do not rely on the government; there is no "snow czar", and there is no "department of snow removal" for businesses. They are on their own in terms of clearing their parking lots.

In our pop culture capitalism is portrayed as a failed and unfair system that is the cause of many of our economic problems. Pundits claim that it is a biased system that transfers wealth from the working class to the rich. There are few defenses of this system of commerce in our education system or our press.  But the proof of the pudding is in the taste, and the ongoing cleanup of recent record snowfalls is a living testimonial of the supremacy of capitalism.

The challenge of clearing all of these lots seems insurmountable;  various and sundry parking lot sizes and locations spread across many states- all needing to have the way cleared in time for the first customer of the morning. Customers will not pull into snowbound parking lots. Within hours of the end of the snowstorm the lots must be cleared.

And to the rescue are thousands of small businesses that clear lots for a fee. They wake up in the wee hours to hit the road, or they may work well into the night because many also have regular 9 to 5 jobs too. They buy pickup trucks and spend thousands for salt and plows so that they can earn money pushing snow.  They don't do it because they care about whether or not you can get to the grocery store; they are working in their own best interest, they are doing it for the money. And as is the rule with capitalism they can only make money if they provide a valuable service to the community.

There is no central planning, nobody has to tell them when, how, or what to do, and thank goodness there is no thick book of regulations and procedures. Real people who are looking for a way to put food on the table take it upon themselves to invest their time and capital in a manner that people are willing to compensate them for.  Think for a moment about the monumental task that these "working stiffs" take on every time it snows.

I salute the American snow removal industry. They do a fantastic job that allows us to have a quick return to normalcy after huge snowfalls. Who would say that they profit unfairly, who would say that they are greedy, who would say that their profits should be redistributed to those who didn't get out there and plow?

The snow removal industry is a perfect example of how capitalism improves the lives of the American people. (And can improve the lives of people in every country.) If we apply this model to other industries it is obvious that people working in their own interests, providing the services we need, and keeping the money they earn, facilitate our comfortable lifestyle. I say "more power to them".

Contrast this system with a government run system; what would snow removal be like if the snow plowers were employed by the government, couldn't be fired for slow service, and made the same money whether their customer's lots were plowed at 8 am or 8 pm? What would it be like if the DMV ran all of the plows?

The next time you hear someone bash capitalism, think about how well the system works for you. Think about how you can leisurely pull into the plowed parking lot of your favorite business after a blizzard.  Take time to recognize that it is capitalism that has allowed you to go about your business with minimal inconvenience, and make sure to defend and protect this most fair and most productive system of commerce known to humanity.