Letter from A Boss To Its Employees

What a boss (undisclosed) wrote to its employees.
 
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 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 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, THE BOSS

Zipper's

60 Responses to “Letter from A Boss To Its Employees”


  1. 1 dan Jan 15th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Exactly.

  2. 2 Jeff Nicklus Jan 15th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I couldn’t have said it better myself !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the words of my friend Rick Fairless ….. “now get to work” …….

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  3. 3 Mike Jan 15th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Very well put. Such an easy concept but very hard for the powers that be to grasp.

  4. 4 AnARchY MoCo Jan 15th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Good thing is when he retires there will be a void left, were a hungary new company can take it’s place. Survial of the fittest. Sounds like the ranting of someone burned out. And as for the taxes everyone know there is nothing more American then cheating on your taxes. The more you make the less you pay.

  5. 5 Sam Jan 15th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Unfortunately, we tried that and look where it got us. You didnt hire new employees, you kept the money and bought another mansion, another car and a fur sink. No we can’t and shouldnt tax companies to death, but neither should we be handing out tax breaks left and right.
    Every time I hear of some executive who made 2 mil a year getting 6 mil when he quits, I want to start polishing my guns. For every exec. that worked hard for his money there are ten that are sucking the system for all its worth. So maybe you aren’t the problem, but someone just like you is.

  6. 6 JT Jan 15th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    By reading the comments it’s easy to tell who’s the Boss & who’s not!

  7. 7 Dave B. Jan 15th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Paying the cost to be the boss, anyone that works for themself knows all too well.

  8. 8 Worker Bee Jan 15th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Boss,

    You’re obviously upset due to a onset of what us “common people” know as the reality of life. Not all of us have a silver spoon in our mouth, have generous amounts of luck and the capital to start our own business straight out of school. The ones that went to college are stuck paying their overinflated student loans. The ones that didn’t, are stuck making just enough to pay our taxes, take care of the bills and keep that shitty Corolla we bought of off you running. I know it’s a surprise, but we pay our taxes too. It might be pennies to you, but to us it’s money we could use to potentially better ourselves and not have to work for a condescending prick like yourself.

    I’m sorry that you had to sacrifice so much in life just to become a asshole with a chip on his shoulders. Remember just like me working for your company, you starting a business was a choice. In the last few years you had to downgrade, sold the house on the Keys and the out of town trips to casinos don’t happed so often anymore, but part of being a business owner is having to live with the instability of the market you have no control over. Of course, you weren’t bitching when the money was rolling in hand over fist, but now the economy hit a speed bump and you’re the hard working man down on his luck. Looking for a handout? Maybe if you had a little bit of foresight and didn’t plow all your money into toys for the family, the multiple luxury cars and the house on the beach, you’d have the capital to keep me employed and weather out the hard times.

    You made your bed, now sleep in it. As for your retirement, feel free to do so. If you think the taxes in US are high, I’m sure there are plenty of countries in Europe that will be more than willing enlighten you on what high taxes really are. Even when you’re retired. As for my employment, please do not worry about me. I long figured out that there are plenty of ungrateful assholes out there that will keep me employed until I decided to draw on my social security check. Or the unemployment check.

    In closing, what you’re experiencing is the quality of life dropping due to circumstances beyond your control. Very much a situation similar to me being fired. Welcome to my world and it’s wonderful idiosyncrasies. You’re quick to whine and blame the government for the issues that are impacting your life. Very much like that mother of four that is currently waiting for her welfare check. Ironic indeed.

    Yours truly,
    The guy you never really gave a shit about.

  9. 9 ROCK STAR Jan 15th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “blah blah blah
    Signed,
    Your boss”

    “blah blah blah
    Yours truly,
    The guy you never really gave a shit about”

    I boned your wives while you were working…. suckas!
    yours truly,
    Rock Star

  10. 10 Tom Jan 15th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Just a little true story, My Grandfather escaped a communist country in the late 30s to come to America. He worked on the railroad, worked planting trees for the TVA , worked in a steel mill and worked as a Carpenter building houses. He built his own house and lived well raising his own food and feeding hais family. In 1960 the government claimed his land to put route 80 in and gave him a measliy $8000.00 for his very nice 2 story home. He ended up living with his children and died at 86 with niot much more then the shirt on his back. In his home country he was a farmer and fisherman, good living but under communist rule , so he left for a better life so he thought. Point is nobody is promised anything in life , do the best you can do and try not to complain much your not the only one that gets screwed in this World. I dont even want to talk about the family members that died at Bergen Belson. Sorry for the tuff luck, we all get hurt somehow.

  11. 11 JT Jan 15th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Hey Worker Bee – YOU’RE FIRED!

  12. 12 K-9 Jan 15th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    JT, ROCK STAR,,,,,,,, hahahahahahahahaha! GREAT! LOL! Boned your wives, your fired! LOL!

  13. 13 jspfc Jan 15th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    That letter is ridiculous.

    AnArchy: Right on. That is what is great about this country. Owners think that every employee is replaceable, which they are. The funny thing is once an owner gets over the ego and arrogance of owning their own business and “being the boss”, they will realize that every industry will go on without any one particular owner, brand or company. And yes in a capitalistic system, someone will come in and fill the void,

    Sam you don’t think they an owner who has this glamorous lifestyle to keep up will spread the wealth if taxes are cut?? Come on I can see it now, raises, bonuses and expansion. Even in this economy. Yeah right.

    So if you are tired of the government in this country then leave. The great thing is you are free to pack up and go any time.

  14. 14 Nicker Jan 15th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Hmmmmmm…..

    Funny how easy it is to push Liberal buttons…. 🙂

    Does this sound familiar…???

    “… In America there are the “rich” who control the engine of our society – corporations, institutions and government. The “rich” therefore, are the powerful. The rest of working America, the “working poor” and “middle class,” deserve a “share” of the power because America is a democracy. Taxes can encourage “good behavior,” like taxing cigarettes and gas, encouraging less use. Taxes also fund the various programs needed by the “poor” paid for by those Americans who can most afford it – the rich…..”

    Because of this Utopian picture force fed to every school kid for the last 50 years, 67 percent of high school seniors who were asked where the statement , “…From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs…” thought it was in the U.S. Constitution.

    Reality Check:

    – $1.9 trillion taxes were collected in 2001
    – 50% came from individual income tax
    – 2.7% of the population paid 50% of that revenue (income over $200K )
    – 9% paid 24 % of that revenue (income between $100K- $200K)
    – 9% paid 11% of that revenue (income $75K-$100K)
    – 15% paid 10% of the revenue(income $50K-$75k)
    Below $50K was considered Poor.

    The remaining (50% or so) of the taxes were paid by 10% of US tax payers.

    Norman Thomas, a Socialist candidate for President (6 times, never got elected) wrote:

    “…the American People probably will never knowingly accept Socialism, but in the name of Liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist Platform…”

    You boys (and you-all know who i’m talking to) seem to have drunk that kool aid.

    -nicker-

  15. 15 Doc Robinson Jan 16th, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Hey Nicker, never mind the 67% – my guess would be that 97% of respondents to this blog item wouldn’t know who spoke the words, “…From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs…” Let’s help them out. Far from the US Constitution, this quote comes from Karl Marx although he didn’t originate it, and it forms part of the Communist manifesto.

  16. 16 Ken Glenn (Rat Judge) Jan 16th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    When enough of the people are on the public dole to become a voting block majority, they can vote to get everything. Robert Heinlein wrote in ” To Sail Beyond the Sunset “.
    “A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. … [O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so…” They’ll vote themselves bread and circuses every time “until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader [such as] the barbarians enter Rome.”

  17. 17 Marilyn Stemp Jan 16th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Tom – and his Grandfather – have it right. Work hard, take care of your own, and don’t look for anyone or anything to pick up the slack if you’re a slacker. It’s called personal responsibility and it’s in short supply.
    Tom, your Grandfather gave you a work ethic. You should be proud of him and prize what he gave you. You’re way ahead of both the boss and his workers in Cyril’s story.

  18. 18 Gunrunner Jan 16th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Great letter – nice post Cyril.

    Worker Bee, you REALLY didn’t read the letter, and I’m still laughing at ROCK STAR & JT…

  19. 19 jspfc Jan 16th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    If the rich are taxed so much(% wise) why is it Warren Buffet was quoted as saying the he paid 17.7% on what he made and his secretary paid around 30%?

  20. 20 Rhoades Jan 16th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Great Post!

    Still the best quote I have ever read that sums it all up is this quote I got from this blog during election time.

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    Abraham Lincoln

  21. 21 Jim Jan 16th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I would like to see this post again in four years. If you think things are going to get better with “change” wake up and smell the coffee. After that, start doing your own research on the person you vote for. In four years, this country (which I proudly gave over 20 years of my life to protect) will look nothing like it does today. I truly miss Charlton Heston, God rest his soul.
    Jim

  22. 22 Jim Jan 16th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Here is an interesting view on the recent presidential victory:

    Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and opposition. A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers’ unions to teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity. A victory for social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment, inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs.

  23. 23 karend6656 Jan 16th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This was a great story. Truth in every word…. Thanks Cyril..

  24. 24 madpuppy Jan 16th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Just pass me that bottle of Thunder bird ! Then get off my porch.

  25. 25 Bobby Jan 16th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Jim- tough sh*t! You and your conservatives had eight years to run this country, and what a spectacular failure you all were! Now, conservatives with their pissing and moaning are hard at it, bitching and complaining before Obama has even taken office. The masses were duped into voting for “W” and it will go down as one of the most embarassing times in American history. People are just starting to wake up and realize that we need smarter people with fresh ideas. So we voted in the Harvard scholar to take a crack at fixing this mess. He’s your president too, so shut the hell up and try doing something positive, because we will not listen to your whining. Conservatives- you f***ing lost the election. So now you can all just suckit.

  26. 26 don Jan 16th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    It would be interesting to see if the people who commented negatively toward the original letter have more than $10k in net worth let alone a job that has anything to do with leading/managing pay check collectors… For those that fall into this category, you’ll never truly understand what success is. Since it is payday weekend perhaps you can go spend the remaining $60 from your paycheck on a new set of chrome hand grips for your financed Harley that you pay 18% interest on because you have a 70% debt to income ratio. Then you can spend this weekend thinking of how great your $300k house is and how wonderful it is that the government is coming to rescue you and your mortgage that you are now 3 payments behind on. Nevermind the fact that you only pay $12k a year in taxes, that $312k you owe will come from somewhere – afterall this is the USA and our government is rich… In the livestock world their’s a term for animals like you – feeder cattle!

  27. 27 Nicker Jan 16th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    jspfc,

    RE:
    “… Warren Buffet …”

    What’s your point…???
    So, your disputing the figures on the basis of this guy…???
    How many Buffets are in this country (in the world for that matter)…. ???
    And on that basis your gonna base what argument….???

    Bobby,

    RE:
    “…You and your conservatives had eight years to run this country,..”

    Dude, there’s been no conservatives in power since the GOP started all that “Compassionate Conservative” drivel.
    Certainly not since Newt was run out-a-office.

    -nicker-

  28. 28 Nicker Jan 16th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Doc R-

    RE:
    “… that 97% of respondents to this blog …. wouldn’t know …”

    Most Real Bikers will surprise ya with what they know.
    Being the low-man on the social totem pole has made them more politically savvy than the average citizen.

    Real Bikers are rugged individuals who are used to relying on their own skills, initiative, and savvy to get through life.
    Now about the rest… OK, you may well be right about them.

    I’m hoping there’s more than just 3% of us ………. 🙁

    -nicker-

  29. 29 jspfc Jan 17th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Nicker let me spell this out for you, the richest man in the world is saying that someone who works for him pays a higher percentage than he does. Therefore according to your figures the wealthy pay so much more dollar wise but according to Warrwn Buffet the percentage the wealtjy pay on their income is far less than that compared to average America.

    And Don

    It is shame you are such an ignorant stupid fuck. Who are you. I am shocked you weren’t eaten as a child. Darwinism!!!!!!!

  30. 30 Rob Jan 17th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I’m not sure what I find more facinating, the original letter, or the ongoing conveluted conversation which ended up having little to do with the point of the original text.

    JSPFC, in my opinion, the original text was authored for people with your beliefs and moral standard. You wrote “once an owner gets over the ego and arrogance of owning their own business and being the boss”……… why are you so envious of business owners? Why is it egotistical and arrogant to own a business? I don’t look down on you because you are not self employed, why do you look down on me? The author is only conveying a reality in life – there are people, such as yourself, who are quick to judge and for some unknown reason when these people view a succesful person they would rather turn a blind eye to the hard work and effort it may have taken the successful person to arrive at his / her current status, rather than looking into the successful persons background and determining whether or not a genuine accomplishment has been made. I have personally lived with this bias for 20 years. It is very difficult living on a set income as an employee of a company, it is also very difficult dealing with the never ending challenges presented by owning your own business. The sooner employees and employers value this necessary relationship, the better off we all will be.

  31. 31 Troy Jan 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Not all bosses fit the profile that some of you think is widespread in people that own their own business. While many business owners enjoy nice boats, cars and houses, others are worried that they may have to let someone go who has a family. Some, including myself, do without a paycheck to keep their employees eating. Some work 12 hour days and then get off work to think about it for another 4 hours. For some, having your own business means you are married to it and have no friends to hang out with because your’e working all the time, it means you’re worried right now that the miracle changes aren’t going to happen soon enough to help you or your employees. Some of us became business owners simply because we just couldn’t work for anybody else. I’ve been a business owner for 20 years and I’m very sure that had I worked for someone else I would have made more money, but then I would have had to listen to idiots all day . Some of us started from nothing and will probably end up that way again.

  32. 32 jspfc Jan 17th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Rob

    To me, the “boss” who wrote should not have started the letter with “Valued Employee” because the tone and comments he makes in his letter show me he does not value them. And all he is doing is wining in this letter. Also, you have no idea who I am or what I do, so let’s not generaliE about me. If someone owns their own business that is great, good for them but most people who have a business that becomes successful do become arrogant and do wind up losing their drive like this arrogant prick who wrote the letter.

    So like I said before, this person needs to quit whining and either start working hard again or leave the country. Whatever industry he is in will go on. Our country will go on as well.

  33. 33 BigNasty Jan 17th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I am the boss in my small company, I have endured the struggles, I do lie awake at night worrying about my employees, my company, my family, these are strange times, I can understand the sentiment. I have paid people for way to long because I worried about what would happen to them and there families, how they would survive. I am in a very rural area of the country jobs are not plentiful, nor are they easy to come by. We are one of the larger employers in our small town population of 4000 or so. I am overtaxed, I do need help to go on. I hate to see what was made from nothing revert back to nothing. No I will not leave this country to retire, I will be right here looking for a job myself.

    Just my 2 cents,
    Nasty

  34. 34 Jef Nicklus Jan 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Big Nasty,

    You the same Big Nasty that has one of my One-Off Bikes?

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  35. 35 BigNasty Jan 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Yes , How ya doing ?

  36. 36 Jeff Nicklus Jan 17th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    BigNasty,

    Doing well! I have a great idea ….. maybe we should fire our employees and close the doors, pack the race cars up and go racing for a few years until things turn around in America! Sound like a plan?

    Go to hear from you.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  37. 37 Jeff Nicklus Jan 17th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    That would be “Good” not “Go” …. can’t type for crap!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  38. 38 BigNasty Jan 17th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Now that’s a plan ! I’ll cya at the track.

    Nasty

  39. 39 Nicker Jan 18th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    jspfc,

    RE:
    “… “boss” who wrote should not have started the letter with …”

    Do ya think maybe this boss has finally had his fill of employee sniveling…… ???

    RE -Buffet-
    Don’t know what to tell ya Dude…… does he have an agenda….???

    In any case, the IRS stats are what they are..
    You want equality, lets go to the flat tax.
    Hell, even the Russians [that bastion of humanity and equality] went to a flat tax.

    Boss isn’t the bad guy, he is the backbone of the American economy.
    If all we had here were workers, we’d revert to a hunter-gatherer society.

    -nicker-

  40. 40 Rhoades Jan 19th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    jspfc

    RE: “Also, you have no idea who I am or what I do, so let’s not generaliE about me.”

    So quit signing in as jspfc (????) and use your real name!

    Who are you and what do you do? Why do you feel “most” business owners that become successful also become arrogant? What’s your definition of successful? What is your definition of arrogant?

    Just would like to know why you show so much hatred / dislike to the letter writer?

    Rhoades

  41. 41 jspfc Jan 19th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Rhoades

    The reason why I don’t care for this owner is because all he is doing is writing some sob story. What does he want an award for his hard work? A mini series about his life and his struggles? Cry me a river because you,

    “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.” Blah, blah, blah

    Again what does this guy want, a pat on the back???? Does he want all his employees who, “physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm,” come up and give him a BJ every day to show their appreciation????

    And here is a question about this comment:

    “The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs with a flourishing business?”

    Is this guy the one who is stimulating the economy?? I don’t think he is stimulating the economy it was the people who:

    “refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury.”

    and the ones who:

    “worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. ”

    Because correct me if I am wrong but you can make anything you want and charge as little or as much as you want but if people(the consumer) have no money or expendable income to purchase that product then that business will fail.

    The people who refinanced their house and spent every penny they made were not very responsible but they are the reason our economy had taken off from 2003 to 2007. What they did was not right and most of them are sitting at home worrying about where they will live, how they will pay for food, etc. and that is their own fault and I have no sympathy for them either. For the most part, those are the people we are supporting during this financial crisis not the mother of (4) sitting at home waiting for her check. Because lets not kid ourselves, we have always supported that drain on the economy.

    And again the problem is not raising taxes because lets not kid ourselves, if the government raises taxes, all retailers, manufacturers, etc. will do is raise the price to compensate for a raise in taxes. Another way to keep the same profit margin is for the owners to actually work smarter, more efficiently and find ways to cut their overhead.

    But what I truly find funny is this owner thinks that by threatening to close his business, retire, and leave the country that the USA will fall apart. Well he is wrong.

    As AnARchY MoCo wrote:

    “there will be a void left, where a hungary new company can take it’s place. Survial of the fittest. Sounds like the ranting of someone burned out.”

    So quit whining. Either shut up and make less money for a couple years. Downsize yourself by selling that second home, maybe the boat, one of the extra cars you have and sacrifice like you did at the start of your business. Because if you truly love your business and what you do wouldn’t this be a reasonable thing to do?? Or just leave the country already and don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

  42. 42 NoSkool Jan 19th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    My first chime in. Seems everybody has a bitch sometime. Here’s what I learned. First, the “bad times” ain;t really bad. We got it wrong. The bad times are the best because it is through those advesities that we are the most productive ad sane. Unnecessary things go by the wayside and the important stuf becomes…well,,,important (HD’s and Big Dogs lose value) So we learn, adjust and do better for it. Then it gets to be “pig out” time again.

    We get some breathing room. We waste. We buy. Sometimes more than we can afford. It won;t ever get bad. We can catch up. We forget and the “good times” don’t really end up being so good.

    The destination ain’t what’s important. It’s the trip. Scooters should have taught us all that lesson.

    Now as for the consrvative/liberal/democracy/communist scuffles, I suggestyou lose those keywords you”ve been hangin onto. There is no such thing as a true democracy and we will eventually learn that socialism is necessary for the most important aspects of our nation (energy, education, defense). And if anyone thinks a Obama, YoMama, or any other single person runs this nation…well I got a nice set of used pipes for sale.

    Taxation. It ain;t taxtation…it’s how it’s spent. Denfense contractors run this country. The largest outlay of money is to make bullets. To make more bullets you need a war somewhere. To make a war somewhere, you need a conflict. Sound familar? And the beat goes on. Too bad a bunch of youngsters are caught in the line of fire.

    We better hope someone like Obama (or your Mama) gets us out from under special interests. I say. “don;t build that wall to high…I might want to get out someday.”

    Other din dat, I got nuttin to say.

  43. 43 Biker Bob Jan 19th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I have always thought that if you interveiw for a job and you understand the job requirments, then you get the job, the next step is to do the job the way you agreed you would at the pay you agreed on.
    Bitching and whinning are optional, same as the boss firing your ass.

  44. 44 MIKEOUT Jan 19th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Anarchy moco,
    You have to be one of the biggest idiots on this blog. All you say is you’re a new co. and hungry. That tells me you don’t have many, if any employees. A couple of weeks ago you said you were just trying to keep the lights on and you are staying true to being a bad ass biker. Well, even the real bad ass bikers know when to shut the doors to go find work to feed there families. You sound like you are VERY young and immature by the way you bag on everyone in these blogs. I hope someday you have employees that BITCH and MOAN because you bought yourself something you earned. I also hope you are blessed with the employee that Fucks up your machinery and products because you wouldn’t give him the raise they wanted. ( fellow employers know what I’m talking about.) I hear you’ve been in bis. for about 3-4 years. Is this full time 40-60 hours per week or just when you get home from your day job?
    Are you working out of your garage and your wife wants her space back or do you really have a lease.
    If you haven’t noticed yet the reputable business owners don’t go on blogs to bag on people. If you really want to sell some parts, act more mature. You never know, your phone may ring with an order.
    MIKEOUT!!!

  45. 45 David Jan 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Does anybody watch PBS? They just had a documentry on called the “Ascent Of Money”. Has antone seen it? It Seems that the Chinese People have worked long and hard and saved their money and invested it and now it is on LOAN to the American public and govt. who have long since forgotten how to do that.
    I have a friend who is a farmer, it’s the family farm, he runs it and works at two additional side lines. The farm supports him,his father, a brother in law, a nephew and their families and he works hard and does take nice vacations and trips to see his grandchildren. Oh did I mention his wife is a school teacher also.Here’s the coup de grace ; he has mention several times that he has NO TAXABLE INCOME!! By the time he gets it all worked out at the end of the year He lives in a nice house as well as all the relatives (especially the father),Drives nice vehicles,and does all the other stuff and pays NO TAX or in the end has no taxable income. Isn’t it great to have Farm subsidies!!!! From our Govt. That has decided to bail out all the other rich bastards!!!

  46. 46 Tom Seymour Jan 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Those experiences are surprisingly similar to mine.. Well stated comments and in my humble opinion they are right on target.

  47. 47 Crissy Jan 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I love it! I couldn’t have said it better my self!

  48. 48 John Galt Jan 24th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Looks like Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is coming true.

  49. 49 seppy Jan 26th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    All you that work for “the boss” have it all wrong!! Just because he worked his balls off and kept his nose to the grind stone for 10 15 or 20 years of his life to become successful doesn’t make him that bad guy…number one hes creating jobs for americans like you that aren’t dedicated or motivated enough to start your own company and become successful…number two your all jealous that he drives a mercedes and probably has a lamborghini in his garage and a hummer let me tell you something…your not going to like these kind of people until you wake up and realize THEY EARNED IT!!!! and lastly if you who work for him don’t like it quit…go find another job. but your gonna be working for another guy just like him so shut up and quit bitching!!

  50. 50 nature lover Jan 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    It might be interesting to find out why so many of you choose to use foul language in your responces. Maybe you think that helps make your point but in reality shows your lack of social graces and command pf the english language, The whole point of the message was to show you can succeed with hard work , sweat and a drive to make things get better.. That is what makes America great – not a bunch of sniveling people who curse and call others names
    Good luck on your future employment and best of luck in the out of a job line – maybe if you are so smart you can start your own company and enjoy all those perks you seem to complain about. One thing is for sure – America is on the road to ruin and Obama is just the man to run it down. he is just a socialist with an agenda and with this congress will surely have the support he needs.

    Goodbye to the america we all once knew and let us welcome to the new socialist state of government owned and run everything we can call “obamaland”. Some of you will certainly eat those words but then again –maybe not with the intellect some of you seem to not possess – bye now and good luck

  51. 51 Eric Feb 12th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’m really tired of the use of Warren Buffet’s, “I pay 17% in taxes while my secretary pays 30% in taxes” comment as a tool to justify higher taxes. Warren Buffet pays 17% because he has billions of dollars invested and the capital gains rate is 15% while his personal income tax is 50% his salary is probably measured in the millions. So the average rate he pays is 17%.

    Most business owners, or even the CEO’s who get paid $10M a year, are making a majority of their income as personal income (salary) and distributions or profit from their company (which the IRS treats as personal income.) So their income tax rate is 34% fed + 5-10% State = 39-44% income tax. Most also don’t get to do a whole lot of deductions because they get hit with the alternative minimum tax (AMT) so they end up paying more than the standard tax code would allow. (They also are responsible for their employee’s social security, the employer’s contribution and property taxes, etc. Really they’re responsible for the employee’s half as well since they pay it directly, it is in effect a required “compensation” to the employee that goes directly to the gov’t…another employer tax, along with worker’s comp, etc.)

    Hines-Kerry, Kennedy, Bush, Buffet, Gates, put your national level politician’s name here and anyone else in the “super rich” level doesn’t have most of their value coming from income…so income tax is negligible.

    The income tax system is designed to inhibit climbing that “socio-economic” ladder, the more successful you are, the more the government (IRS) is going to take away. For those who are already truly wealthy most of the taxes are capital gains which is lower than all but the level where you aren’t paying any income tax. (Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think capital gains should be higher. It should be lower. Let the rich stay rich AND get richer still since it is that very investment that allows others to get funding to pursue their own dreams.) If you’re not on an inside track with political lobbying, kick-back’s to those in political power, etc, then you’re paying for everyone else.

    As someone above stated, the top 20% of income earners in the US pays something like 80% of all of the income taxes. Which is crazy and completely unsustainable.

    “Who is John Galt?”

    My 2 cents…

  52. 52 Eric Feb 12th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I forgot to include that most of those $’s the “super rich” are using for investment were from income somewhere along the way (inherited or earned) and they’ve already paid the income tax on it. So it SHOULD be lower (or even zero or close to it) than income tax.

    Double taxation on your money is just wrong. (This includes the death tax when you try to pass on your hard earned money to your wife and kids when you die.)

  53. 53 Nanouk Feb 13th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I was a boss, I did shut down my company when I my employees voted to unionize and demand more pay and less work time while threatening to strike if I did not offer them more benefits. Well, I gave into their demands and fired them all (52 employees), liquidated my firm, took the money (well over $8 million USD), bought a suite aboard the SS ResidenSea and am now sailing around the world every year laughing as those that think that socialism and worker unions work.

    I got your socialism here along with your union, and I sit out in my hot tub on my balcony watching the stars and calm seas float by stroking it. You people that think you can demand producers pay and pay will wake up one day in a 3rd world country when all the producers have joined me on board leaving the taxes and rules to you guys that never took a risk in your lives.

    I made my millions and now I am enjoying them while you guys get to file unemployment and look for another sucker to hire your ungrateful ass. We are beginning to wise up and realize the “inmates are running the asylum” and its time to get the flock out.

    Enjoy; I sure am.

  54. 54 Alison Koerner Feb 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    To All My Valued Employees – With A Rebuttal

    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.

    The bailout and the problems happened while the pro-business Republicans were in power, so you can’t blame this on “political winds”.

    However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact (anecdotal stories about one person aren’t “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 year’s Christmas party. I’m sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.

    Dude, as long you’re not a total dickhead, you’re welcome to your Mercedes and your mansion. I have nothing against wealth in and of itself; it’s asshole behavior that I have a problem with. Treat me right, and I won’t grudge you your material goodies.

    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.

    This was your choice. If you didn’t like it, you could have stopped at any time and found a job working for somebody else.

    Meanwhile, my friends went to their 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. (You’re making a lot of ASSumptions here. $50K doesn’t buy a lot these days, and guess what? You do NOT have to be in business for yourself to recognize the value of being frugal. I’ve never owned a home in my life, never mind an expensive one. My first two cars were shitheaps. I buy clothes at Target and Kohl’s. My last vacation that lasted a whole week was four years ago. You do not have the corner on having to sacrifice and save and do without.) 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.

    Quit your bitching. You chose to start your own business. Nobody held a gun to your head and forced you.

    So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don’t. (You’re completely ignoring the employees who care about doing their jobs promptly and well. Some people actually work overtime because they care about getting things done for your business. They might resent being lumped in with the slackers.) 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.

    Waah, waah, waah. Cry me a river. If you hated it so much, you could have found a job working for somebody else at any time. You chose not to. Besides, I’ll say it again: I don’t grudge you the goodies. Just don’t be a dickhead – treat me well – and I’ll be a loyal (and not envious) employee.

    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, it sucks that some people are thrifty and work hard and don’t get rewarded for that, and then have to help bail out jerks who weren’t smart. But let’s be honest, the jerks we’re talking about here aren’t welfare moms (always an easy target, but they weren’t buying these mortgages or selling them, so let’s leave them out of this, shall we?)

    No, they were people who bought into the hype that they, too, could dump that old car and finally have the nice home they deserved. They were also the Wall Street fatcats who decided to milk the free market system (the one you think is so great) for all it was worth. Too bad the government regulators you probably hate weren’t there to stop these people from exploiting you.

    If you’re angry about TARP – so are we! Why should Wall Street firms get bailed out? If an individual person got himself in that much financial trouble, he’d be sleeping in a cardboard box – not getting a handout. I resent every red cent of my tax money that goes to support TARP.

    So, now we have the choice to either let the economy tank so badly that maybe all our banks will be owned by some OHMYGODNO other country, maybe a SOCIALIST or COMMUNIST country like China, OR, we can bite the TARP bullet and bail out the bastards and chalk it up to hard luck.

    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. (If you’d listen to something other than Rush Limbaugh, you’d realize that it’s not small business owners that are being held up to the spotlight. It’s huge corporations, and Wall Street firms that have been fleecing the public for 30 years. Besides, in the U.S., we pay less in taxes than in any other first-world country.)

    I have state taxes. (So do I.) Federal taxes. (Check.) Property taxes. (Check.) Sales and use taxes. (Check.) Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. (If you don’t like paying the employee-related taxes, then do all the work yourself. Otherwise, quit bitching.) 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. (In that case, you must be doing pretty well. Congratulations!)

    You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

    If it’s the stimulus bill you’re angry about:

    Here’s something to think about: many of the middle-class and poor you feel are unproductive actually work AS HARD AS YOU! But in the end, they don’t have ownership in a business to fall back on. Poor people often work MORE THAN ONE JOB, not to build a business, but just so they can keep a roof over their heads and feed their children. And middle-class people who have worked hard all their lives have lost their jobs now, and are standing in unemployment lines.
    So, yeah, the stimulus helps them.

    If it’s completely impossible to think about anyone but yourself – or to feel that anyone who hasn’t built a business from scratch the way you did isn’t a lazy worthless loaf – then look at it this way: People without money don’t buy things. Unless you sell necessities, like heating oil or groceries, you stand to lose a lot from this recession. To the best of my knowledge, necessities are usually produced by huge corporations (oil companies, agribusiness, etc.) Smaller businesses tend to sell things that are nice but not necessary – vanity products. If you’re really a smart business person, you should welcome anything that puts more money into the hands of your potential customers.

    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. (This is all-or-nothing thinking. Personally, I agree with you that people on public assistance should not breed until they are off it. But there are a lot of people on the economic ladder in between you and the welfare mother. Me, for instance. I choose to work for somebody else, but I also choose to spend my money responsibly and not drain resources from everybody else. Open your eyes, see some shades of gray – and support birth control! Maybe if YOU hadn’t voted for right-wingers who want to keep all women constantly breeding, women in poverty would be encouraged to postpone childbearing until they are better off financially.)

    The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. (You already do, for health insurance – if you still even offer health insurance at all. And you can’t blame that on taxes – that’s the greed of the insurance corporations, plain and simple.) 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. (You sure about that? Because some of your fellow business people would have bought a new boat. You may be the exception, but I can name names of business people who have done this.) 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? (OK, Einstein, let’s see how far you get without your thumbs.) Business is at the heart of America and always has been. (Oh, so that’s what the American Revolution and the War of 1812 were all about – so business people could operate with no boundaries whatsoever? Silly me, I thought America was about having a representative form of government instead of a monarchy, and the Bill of Rights, and a few little things like that.) 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. (If it wasn’t for the poor and middle-class, you richer people would have to mow your own lawns, raise your own kids, fix your own air conditioning, write and edit your own position papers, and do your own bookkeeping. If you think you can do all that by yourself, feel free.)

    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 (don’t have one – have never been able to afford it), your SUV (don’t have one – have never been able to afford it, and prefer economical cars anyway), and your child’s future (don’t have one – have never been able to afford it – I can’t feed ‘em so I don’t breed ‘em). 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 where are you going to move to when you retire? To some other country with a similar standard of living? Then expect to pay MUCH higher taxes. Because those countries tax everyone so that everyone (poor included) can have healthcare and decent education. Yes, THOSE countries also “reward” the people who YOU think don’t contribute (because I guess only business owners, not the employees, contribute). THOSE countries care about their poor and not creating conditions to further impoverish them.

    Or you could move to some hellhole like Mexico where your tax burden will be light but so will all your benefits, and where you will be surrounded by the poor that you despise so much.

    And when the economy tanks in that country you move to, and your investments are worthless, or there’s a military coup, don’t you dare come whining at the door to be let back in. If you don’t like it here in the U.S.A., feel free to leave, but don’t come back.

    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 (Sort of like the Bush administration with their Patriot Act? And where in the Constitution does it say that business owners don’t owe anyone else a damn thing?), 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

    Yes, it sucks that greedy people (not poor people) are benefiting while the hardworking are footing the bill (so are the greedy people, by the way, except for those at the top in the business world, who pay next to nothing thanks to overly pro-business people like you). But be a grown-up and accept that life isn’t fair. And then get back to work.

    If that’s too much for you, maybe you should sell your company and try being someone else’s employee for awhile. Might just turn your perspective around a bit.

    Affectionately,

    AN EMPLOYEE

  55. 55 Bobbie Apr 18th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Well Well Well, a lot of feedback about this Boss i see. I was in partnership in a landscaping business its growing slowly at that time. employees and the main boss does not get along it is bad. the Boss( had more percentage than me) yells at his employees cuz they dont do things the way he does or think things should be done and calls them names .yelp, they put up with a lot back then,I have sold my part and went my own way now), but the boss and i had words but he refused to listen when i told him he should not disrespect the employees like that, and lose his temper and all. he is lucky one of them havent decked him yet! this is for all u Bosses out there who think you have the right to treat people the way they want to just because they work for you, YOU DONT! you have to give respect in order to get it! just because he works for you dont mean you are better than him! get it! you may make millions from your businesses but they helped you to make it and you treat like like you are so much better! God givith and God may take away! so dont go bragging what you got and how you got it,but if you can keep it or not. we all are working hard to make a better life even if some of us have to scape and save to do it. Obama didnt get this country in the shape it is, greedy people did! so now he is stuck with the blame from everyone for something he didnt cause! I may not be crazy about him but i wont rule out that he is trying to clean up gutter shit the Others allowed to happen and left behind! AND WE DIDNT HAVE ANY GOOD choises for candidates did we? Mccain is an old ass who cant even get past (my friends) ! so now what? we keep trying to help each other out of tough times. and stop being so greedy want all that rich luxury stuff that u cant take with you when you are dead and gone, be happy with what you have, good and nice things can and is good to have, but to keep wanting more and more is darn right greedy! lend someone a helping hand who needs it, stop thinking about you haveing it all and living it up on the high hog and bragging about wht you have, so what? it dont mean a diddly sqat to me, and i am not poor. but i dont live or act like a stuffed assed jerk off like so many money owners do. i will treat you as i treat everyone else. there is no one in this world any better than i . or any worse..haha. take care and be good to one another for this worlds sake for this countrys sake and most of all For Gods sake!

  56. 56 matt Apr 18th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    well said ! bravo! i could not have said it any better! hurrayyy!!!!all of us have a Boss! the bosses have a boss!He is in Heaven!

  57. 57 Jacqueline Feb 11th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Dear THE BOSS,
    As the kind of “valued employees” to whom you’ve addressed your letter, we wish to respond on behalf of “valued employees” everywhere, in the spirit of civil discourse. It is with this intent that our response is structured in parallel to each paragraph of your letter.

    The source of the “rumblings” to which you refer is not quite as simplistic as you surmise; we are more than our jobs, and those “rumblings” are actually coherent discussions about issues that affect every aspect of our lives. The discussion weaves around justice, about humanity, and includes integrity. As we are painfully aware – for which you so graciously afford us credit – the economy has indeed deteriorated; although most of us consider impending bankruptcy and foreclosure a bit more than a “challenge.” Thank you for trying to ease the pain with your good news about the “real threat.” However, what you perceive as the real threat has nothing to do with our reality. Living in our reality (and remember, we are more than our jobs) we are able to see the bigger picture: How the lack of justice, humanity and integrity eventually bleeds into the “political landscape” to which you refer, and ultimately the economy. We are the victims of a diminishing sense of decency within our society and the expanding divide between the “haves” and “have-nots” in this country. So, we ask that you reciprocate and allow us to “tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you” reconsider what is in “your best interests.”

    First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employees against employers, you have to understand that just as every business owner has a “Back Story” so too does his or her employee. Our “back stories” are often neglected and overshadowed by the bottom line, or profit margin. But our stories are finally obliterated when the bottom line mutates to greed. As you gloat – and note – we do indeed see your Mercedes parked outside. And while we’re not all so privileged to have actually been invited to your “big home” for a “Christmas party,” it is very accommodating of you to tally up your material possessions for us. However, please do not be concerned that we harbor “idealized thoughts” about the “flashy icons” in your life. Our thoughts are burdened with more immediate, life-sustaining considerations; like making ends meet and keeping our heads just far enough above the financial abyss to take a choking gulp of it every now and then. That is our “back story,” our present story, and if that expanding divide continues, our future story.

    We’d also like to reciprocate on the kind sharing of facts within your “BACK STORY” with a back story of our own. As there are millions of such stories, this author will share hers in the knowledge that it is shared by many. I started working when I was 13. At that time I worked underage and illegally in the laundry of a large hotel, taking salt tablets every day to replenish what my body would lose in sweat from the 90 degree facility. I did so because my father – who died far too young – was working three jobs unable to make ends meet. Our family of six lived in a small, 1400 square foot, two-bedroom Cape Cod. Until my father carved a spot in the attic for my sister and I, all four children shared one very small bedroom. Every Thursday – the day before payday – our diet consisted of bread, sugar, and margarine. I worked my high school Junior year summer vacation to purchase a $200 Dodge Dart that drove sideways as a result of accident damage. I needed the car to get to the two minimum pay jobs I’d work after school to save the money I’d need to help my father and strike out on my own. My father worked for a boss who – in order to balance the books – would lay him off every Christmas, thus necessitating his part-time jobs working long, cold nights pumping gas and cleaning buildings. And I – like you, “THE BOSS” – did live my life this way for many years while others enjoyed great luxuries, though I did not begrudge them. I simply continued to work hard and live on hope for many years and still; the hope that one day my hard work would achieve a small space for an occasional respite and some happiness for my family. Like you, I’ve known hard work and sacrifice. Unlike you – and this is where our opposing “values” may have created the expanding divide – my goals were not to be able to “afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.” Rather my goals were simply to afford, and to have the luxury of friends. Perhaps our goals are different because one of us understands the difference between “need” and “want,” and to date, I’m unaware of death due to lack of Mercedes.

    THE BOSS, we take passionate objection to your accusation that we cheat you of employment compensation for three hours of every day. More than our physical beings arrive with us when we start each work day, but when you begin to look at your employees with the same regard as your office furniture, it’s easy to see how you might consider both as inanimate and expendable objects. And, we must correct your misconception about how we spend our time away from work; Days are rare that we have “all to ourselves.” As we cannot afford maid service, laundry service, eating out, or nanny service, we spend the majority of our “free time” doing all those things for “free.” In addition, we find your cliché’s about employees or what you see as the general proletariat population and their “happy hours” as condescending. But we – being a segment of society still clinging to some measure of humanity – will forgive you your rude aspersions. We understand that they are born of ignorance, greed, and perhaps – the perceived burden of that “special needs child” attached to your hip.

    Dear THE BOSS, before we respond to the sixth paragraph of your manifesto, we must note that the content of your fifth paragraph intrigues us so. We’re anxious to know: Where is the secret location of this place to which you refer; the place that gives us “bail-out money?” It sounds like the answer to our prayers, especially as we have been paying for corporate welfare for so long. The only bailouts of which we are aware, is the 700 billion dollar bailout taken from our tax dollars and provided to hundreds of banks and a handful of insurers and automakers. Of that 700 billion, homeowners received 50 billion; or seven percent. Most of us don’t think this is a very good return on our investment. In fact, we’re feeling quite a draft blowing up our collective derrieres. So, before we read on about how you feel our employment inflicts great wounds upon you, would you please consider telling us where we might find said bail-out money? Thank you.

    Now onto your sixth paragraph; the part where “you tell us why” employing us has pushed you to the brink of “marginal benefit.” That you are being “taxed to death” is a form of oppression to which we can relate. While we do not pay the many different types of taxes that you pay, our taxes take just as big a bite – and more – from our wages. We have never had to write the government a check for $288,000, but I for one (the average female worker) would be happy to write that check, if THE BOSSes everywhere would promise to start paying livable wages to all of my fellow workers. You should know that if you take me up on my offer, at my current income it will take me about 12 years of my entire paycheck to pay that off. You should also know however, that if THE BOSSes start paying livable wages, while you may lose a foothold on your side of the expanding divide. You may also witness the creation of a strong economy (not to mention a whole lot of healthier, happier Americans) that might eventually ease your tax burden because our portion of the pot will grow. Now that’s a stimulus that would take all of us much further than a $580 check from Uncle Sam! But, I digress from – and now return to – your question: You ask, “Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?” The answer, dear THE BOSS, is that it is not “who” stimulates the economy, but “whom.” It is a collective effort of the socially responsible, though we considered the one billion dollars that Wal-mart has received in subsidies in place of the single, pregnant mother scenario you offer.

    The fact is, THE BOSS, that we do work hard, and would be happy to continue doing so living on 50% of our paychecks, if that 50% would simply provide us with the necessities: quality healthcare, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and a good education for our children. Another fact is that it’s very expensive to live in the low to median income range; a cost that “steals” more than half of our paychecks. Our healthcare costs take a larger percentage of our paychecks, and if we can’t afford the skyrocketing insurance premiums because our rickety homes jack up the utility bills, the uninsured healthcare costs more than quadruple. Large auto insurance premiums render a one-time payment beyond our financial means, so we pay in monthly installments that incur service fees. Unlivable wages result in a “paycheck to paycheck” lifestyle that relegates car and home repairs to credit cards; credit cards that turn a $250 car repair into a $500 car repair, should interest and time accrue. You have your “black-hole” in Washington; we have ours in Mastercard’s headquarters. So, we’d like to answer your ultimatum with one of our own: If we’d been earning livable wages that kept us from becoming victims of the credit card companies that exploit us, we would have spent it, and shared your perceived sole burden of generating some of that economic growth. We were going to match your ultimatum with our own, “As long as you remain ignorant of the “collective effort,” you can do it all yourself,” but recalled the spirit of civil discourse.

    While we feel that your “thumb defibrillator” metaphor used in paragraph eight was superfluous, and would suggest that a straightforward approach of advising us that we are merely the appendages would have been equally affective, we will respond in kind. Imagine that same comatose man has received the appropriate zap to the heart. Imagine further that the zap was delayed (perhaps he was uninsured) causing him serious brain damage. Further still, the man – in his now brain damaged state – falls and loses use of his legs and arms. His heart beats efficiently, but everything else deteriorates. Do you keep the heart beating and use his body as a door stop, or do you provide him with rehabilitation so that he might once again become a happy and productive member of society? It would seem that “THE BOSSes” believe the heart beats content to leave the body as a doorstop. We counter propose that nothing could be further from humanity, and this is the kind of change we seek.

    In conclusion, we’ve seen where you’ve been going “with all this” for quite a long time now, and have been the casualties to your “swift and simple” reactions. We’ve lost our jobs in favor of your Mercedes, and with the jobs; our health, our homes, our morale. Unlike you, most of us have no hope of retiring , and have no option of sitting on a beach to escape the oppression of “THE BOSS.” However, unlike you, we are not “done.” We wake up each morning, go to work each day, pay the bills each month, and eternally keep the hope that justice, humanity, and integrity will one day be restored to the “political landscape.”

    Signed,
    Human Beings who also happen to be Employees.

  58. 58 Jeff Nicklus Feb 11th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Dear Human Beings who also happen to be Employees,

    You are fired!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  59. 59 Jacqueline Feb 11th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Dear Jeff,

    So much for a little civil discourse with a conservative.

    Like trying to get a pig to fly.

    Over.

  60. 60 Jacqueline Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    In reading previous comments, it’s important to note that “Rhoades” incorrectly quotes Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln did not write,”You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich,” etc.
    These words were written by William John Henry Boetcker; a religious leader and political conservative.

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