Dilbert's company has a major manufacturing facility in Elbonia, whose labor costs are invariably uncertain for the Elbonians. In re the arguements about stock options, I am reminded of when I met a group of folks who had worked for General Electric in various capacities (and were not upper management or CEO's) and were routinely given stock options over the course of their working life there. Some of them had portfolios of several million dollars. Anyone working out there who has a similar set-up in their company?
Sure, it's the "American Dream" to be rich; the problem is, those who are already rich can game the system to make sure that the rest of us don't become rich, because that would shut off the source of their wealth. Wages are flat, retirements are in shaky 401k's, healthcare costs and college tuition are where the little guy can't afford them. The only way any of us will become rich is by winning the lottery, and I'm sure that's a bone they tossed us to give us a shred of hope.
Meanwhile, according to an article I read, business has had "uncertainty " for the last 40 years.