I always love reading Slashdot opinions on business topics. They're hilarious--people with more opinions than experience lamenting that some evil one-percenter is just screwing the poor hard working folks to get that extra nickle on their bonus. How, if they were in charge of a business, they would give lavish pay and benefits, be a champion of the little man and show those fat cats up.
But they aren't in charge of a business and never have been. The closest most people here get to owning a business is claiming the room they keep their computer in as a home office on their taxes. They have never had to hire or fire people working for them, not as some department manager firing one of his staff, but as an executive of a company having to make an existential business decision to fire an employee or jeopardize a department, layoff an entire department or risk shutting down an entire building, or close an entire plant or risk losing the company.
Having to make decisions based not on fanciful ideals they once had a really good gut feeling about, but actual deadlines, cash flow statements, unpaid client bills, rent and mortgage changes, supplier price fluctuations, insurance costs, tax liabilities, regulation compliance and fickle state and federal legislatures who love to pass feel-good laws, changes one's ideas of business. The chief executive of Titan made a decision based on over two-decades of executive business experience. He was an engineer before that, so he can't be too stupid. I wager he knows his industry better than anyone on Slashdot and his company better than everyone on Slashdot combined. And yet, as always, Mountain Dew slurping, mouse jocky experts come out of the woodwork to criticize him because he's a successful businessman making successful business decisions.
Yes, you may never have run so much as a lemonade stand, but I'm sure you can run circles around a guy with 23 years of experience running a $1.2 billion company.