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A letter from the boss.......

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by chris4x4, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 [OP] With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    To All My Valued Employees,

    There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of
    this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy
    has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the
    good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What
    does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in
    this country.



    However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help
    you decide what is in your best interests

    First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against
    employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is
    a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by
    what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You've
    seen my big home at last years Christmas party. I'm sure; all these
    flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.

    However, what you don't see is the back story.

    I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300
    square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was
    converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building
    a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

    My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent
    went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a
    defective transmission I didn't have time to date. Often times, I
    stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and
    partying. In fact, I was married to my business -- hard work,
    discipline, and sacrifice.

    Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a
    modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy
    cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes.
    Instead of hitting the Nordstrom's for the latest hot fashion item, I
    was trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item
    that didn't look like it was birthed in the 70's. My friends refinanced
    their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put
    my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that
    eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my
    friends supposedly had.

    So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check
    in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don't. There is no "off"
    button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a
    weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat,
    and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest.
    There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is
    attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of
    course, only see the fruits of that garden -- the nice house, the
    Mercedes, the vacations... you never realize the back story and the
    sacrifices I've made.

    Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the
    right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who
    didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled
    to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

    Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I've paid is
    steep and not without wounds.

    Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you,
    is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

    I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don't pay
    enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use
    taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes.
    Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and
    then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government
    mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now
    occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury
    for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my "stimulus" check was?
    Zero. Nada. Zilch.

    The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the
    guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over
    2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single
    mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her
    next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the
    economic stimulus of this country.



    The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you'd
    quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts.
    Who wants to get rewarded for only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree
    which is why your job is in jeopardy.

    Here is what many of you don't understand ... to stimulate the economy
    you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government
    mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of
    depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have
    spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic
    growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in
    the form o f promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

    When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't
    defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to
    life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the
    heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate
    it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the
    poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic
    engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of
    change you can keep.

    So where am I going with all this?

    It's quite simple.

    If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be
    swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead
    with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child's
    future. Frankly, it isn't my problem any more.

    Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and
    retire. You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the
    productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to
    provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.


    So, if you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the economy; it
    will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this
    country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its
    landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach,
    retired, and with no employees to worry about...

    Signed,

    Your boss
     
  2. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:11 PM
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    MacTaco

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    Wow.

    How do you feel about that?
     
  3. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM
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    dtrujillo63

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    Good read... I can't blame the man.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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    Jester243

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  5. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM
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    The boss is right. This is a free capital country, which means you are free to build and produce captital. Let's get this country back to its foundation and reward hard work and risk taking and deny profits to failure. We have to do it now or we are doomed.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 [OP] With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    X2
     
  7. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM
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    Well said.

    Check out some quotes that were made today by our president in regard to his feelings on business and the free market (we aren't supposed to discuss politics so I won't elaborate).
     
  8. Jan 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM
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    Packman73

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    That is the best post I've seen in two years. Great find; I'll be passing that on. :cool:
     
  9. Jan 30, 2009 at 9:53 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 [OP] With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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  10. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:08 PM
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    :rolleyes: The letter is fictional
     
  11. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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    Thats what I was saying all along, but its not the flashy solution to our problems..so why consider it? Corporate media sensationalism at its finest.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:26 PM
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    The point is not however.:rolleyes:
     
  13. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:27 PM
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    I have never worked for a poor person. They pay worse than I pay myself.
     
  14. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM
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    I liked the letter and the guy that thought it up has several good points but in my opinion we all pay too many taxes :(
    Hell, I paid over 2 grand in sales tax on my Tacoma and then still had to pay the friggin state another $145.00 for excise fees, license, and transfer fee :mad:
     
  15. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM
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    Ghost96Romeo

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    Good read.... Very true.
     
  16. Jan 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM
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    All taxation is thievery.
     
  17. Jan 30, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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    The problem is taxation without representation.
     
  18. Jan 30, 2009 at 11:44 PM
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  19. Jan 31, 2009 at 7:28 AM
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    The boss is right.. After I left home many years ago my mother started her own business and sold the house. She slept in a dank storeroom at the back of her business with a dorm fridge and a hot plate and a microwave oven from the seventies.
    She is now very successful business woman that employs approx 220 persons.
    This could be her story! She drove a Honda DelSol with no fourth gear. For tires she would stop at the local tire store to purchase "blems".

    She really busted her ass. I'm proud of her!

    I am forwarding this to her.
    Thanks Chris! This made my day buddy! :D
     
  20. Jan 31, 2009 at 7:34 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 [OP] With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Your welcome!
     
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