• Subject: Re: Programmers VS Consultants
  • From: Mark Lazarus <mlazarus@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 21:44:37

Rick,

At 09:44 AM 11/22/99 -0500, you wrote:

>I hate to sound like a mean and cold-hearted capitalist and I'm not
>defending all they do, but it sometimes helps to know the whole story.
>There are no corporations anywhere who exist solely for the benifit of
>mankind.  All exist to make a profit, employ workers and give an effective
>return on investment to shareholders.  If a byproduct is benefiting
>mankind, all the better.

 Take a look at the financials of drug companies.  On average they have a
40%+ profit margin.  That's net - after all the R & D!!  This is way above
most US companies and can't be accounted for by inflation.  It's greed and
because they seemingly can get away with it.

 I encourage companies to make money, but you picked a bad one as an example.

 -mark

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