The Raw Deal
Imagine a company that makes widgets. It's employees are organized in a pyramid from the producers of the widgets, to their direct supervisors, to the department heads etc on up to the CEO. Now remove the CEO. Does the company continue to produce? Of course it does. Now subtract the widget makers from the pyramid and what happens? No more widgets. Those at the bottom of the pyramid are the most fundamental components of the organization, the CEO is the least fundamental but most significant because without the successive management layers we'd have a directionless mob of widget makers that sooner or later are likely to run into trouble. So good management obviously is a must but my point is that both play a vitally important role. If you're building your dream home would you build it without the foundation? Or, conversely, would you put all your money into a foundation and not build a home on top of it? Only if your an idiot, insane or some sort of foundation fanatic. "Homes weigh down foundations with all their walls and roofs, destroy all homes! Free the foundations!" and of course their sworn enemies the mobile homers. "Foundations are stuck in the mud! Let our homes fall where they may!"
The larger issues are philosophical and ideological. What these governors are trying to accomplish is the elimination of any and all influence that workers have on the organizations they belong too. It is an organizational authoritarianism, a top down system of power where those at the bottom only have duties and responsibilities and the decision makers have power but no responsibility to the workers or even the organization itself. They seem to believe that an organizations only responsibilities are to increase its stakeholders power and wealth at any cost to society, humanity and the common good. The stakeholders in business are stockholders and owners but never the workers or the public. In government the stakeholders used to be the people but now are the special interests that got the leaders elected. Since the supreme court declared that corporations are to be treated as individuals and therefore not subject to restrictions on campaign contributions (ironically they feel the opposite about labor unions who are limited in what they can contribute) they have become the undisputed supreme stakeholders of the republican party and hence the country.
The simple fact is that while the average americans buying power has steadily been decreasing since the late seventies, the wealthier you are the wealthier you have become in that same time frame. Now we are seeing wealth inequality we haven't seen since the gilded age. The average CEO made about 40 times what the average employee made in the seventies, now they make about 300 times the average salary. The wealthiest 20% of americans now own 84% of the nations wealth, the top 60% own 99.7% and the bottom 40% own three tenths of a percent. And all of this occurred while productivity went up! The wealthy like to act as if this is because they are smarter than the rest of us, maybe that's true, but I'm smart enough to see that it's largely because they benefit from a tax structure an economic policy and a political system that is designed to enrich the few at the expense of the many. I call that amoral, republican leaders call it the american way.