A Letter From The Boss....Good One....


A letter from the Boss:
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 an untold 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, someday, 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.
Affirmative Action came into being, in order to right the wrongs of some previous generation. Forced me to go out and look for people based on their skin color. And, so I did. What did I find? I found a bunch of people who had no qualifications to work at my company. I hired them because the government made me to do it. What I got? Bunch of lazy whiners and complainers who stole everything including switch plates and light bulbs.
Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bailout 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 is 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 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 of 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'll fire you and your coworkers. 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, THE BOSS
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."
--
Jeffry Wisnia
(W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
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On Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:41:01 -0500, Jeff Wisnia

There could just as easily be a similar style letter "from the employee" outlining how much the employee has done for the boss only to be shat upon when times got tough. Also, it's nonsense that someone who is making a good living is going to shut down his company because his taxes go up a wee bit. He's not going to do that anymore then he would shut down his business (if he was still making a good living) because the price of gas went up. And if he's not making a good living getting a $5000 tax cut is not going to keep him in business.
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Ashton Crusher wrote:

I had an architect friend who had a sizeable (100 million + per year) construction company. He shut it down lock, stock and barrel some 30 years ago because of the government hassle. He was making a *very* good living, continued to do so via architecture but with fewer hassles.
By "hassle" I mean not only economic ones but things like it taking seven years dealing with various agencies to get a project from inception to ground breaking.
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Ashton Crusher wrote:

Apples and oranges. An employee EXPECTS crap from the boss - that's part of the employment agreement! The boss doesn't expect the government to be his adversary... or didn't until recently.

I guess you never read Atlas Shrugged.
Of course that was fiction, but why are Democrats today - including the president - drawing a big target on corporations who move their headquarters offshore to avoid taxes?
I saw a comparison recently between California and Texas, our first and second most populace states. The unemployment rate in Texas is one percent below the national average, California is three percent above. Texas added 500,000 new jobs in the past year, California lost about a million. And so on.
There are many differences between the two states, but the tax load is certainly one of the biggest.
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HeyBub wrote:

CORRECTION: Replace "populace" above with "populous." Sorry if any were offended by this egregious blunder.
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HeyBub wrote:

"Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009--Sales of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold."
http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id "647
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HeyBub wrote:

You are forgiven since you used "egregious" properly :)
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HeyBub wrote:

Especially since business has so aptly demonstrated its responsible behavior. When was the last time you heard of any significant business malfeasence?
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Bob F wrote:

Well, admittedly, business malfeasance IS rare...
But, some employees become self-aware - like Skynet. I, myself, came to the realization in 1974 that as long as I was doomed to work for a fool, it might as well be me.
Been self-employed ever since.
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Bob F wrote:

As bad as "business" is, "government" will always be worse.
When is the last time the government did anything right?
Second rule of thumb; When business does bad stuff or can't get their act together they go out of business and disappear. (*) When government does bad stuff or can't get their act together, they get a budget increase, costing us more money.
[*] -- except for the case of when business melds into government, a common occurrence these days.
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Tman wrote:

George Will opined that the government "Should protect the borders and deliver the mail. When it demonstrates competence in these areas, maybe we can trust it with others."
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wrote:

You must have had nothing but crappy jobs/bosses. I've had many good bosses and I also treat my employees well.

So do you think YOU should be able to move your "headquarters" for your personal job income "offshore" and avoid taxes?

No, the significant difference is that Texas takes in HUGE taxes from oil. They have money coming out their ears compared to most other states. that's why employeement is lower in Texas, because they have HIGHER taxes, just taxed on stuff before it gets to retail.
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Wrong! The reason is Texas' constitution says there can be no deficit spending. The money has to be there before we spend it. There are no pie in the sky programs to be paid in the future.
Just for grins, explain to me how higher taxes would equal lower unemployment.
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wrote:

He didn't say that, just the opposite. He says higher taxes is a cause for low employment. That might be, since a small company that must pay higher taxes (for the same output) there is less money for company expansion, new projects, and new hires. I like the tax structure for Texas, but probably would not choose to live there.
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Simple. We pay more taxes, government has more money. Therefore, congressmen can hire more family members on their staff.
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That's true of most states.

Because a lot of the tax comes from out of state and supports instate work. they have a huge highway program that's all state funded from taxes.
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wrote:

    And I am sure someone else is not doing that same business. He was just not cut out for it.
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

He did it for a long time, just got fed up with the ever increasing hassle. And yes, i am sure someone else is doing what he would have. One person - or 100 or 1000 or many 1000s - saying, "ENOUGH ALREADY!" won't stop it. Those who take up the fallen banner will just do the same thing they always have...add the monumental increased cost onto what we all pay.
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wrote:

Then you are agreeing with me that people don't shut their business down because of a relatively small change in the net income if they were making a good living.
As to your friend, something seems wrong with that story, I wonder if your friend didn't tell you the whole story. If he was making a killing why would he just shut it down instead of selling it to someone. Not saying he didn't but if that's what he did it was kinda stupid.
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