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Just got sent this email from a buddy, and thought I would share. Its a long but good read.

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 Goodwill 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 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 (or fourteenth in the recent news) 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.
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

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I am going to pass this around to as many people I can think of. Crystal clear and true. Thanks for taking the time to write!
 

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Very good read and so true:mad: It's really a shame that young people are going to have a harder go of it starting a successful business.
 

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big dose of a Realitygovernment is helping the wrong end and banks are wasting our money WTF ---it's bizzaro world
 

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I put that up on PR a couple days ago. I thought it hits home pretty well, at least for me.
 

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Excellent post BBB! I'll copy it for future use with my "less-than-conservative" friends as things unravel.
 

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Right on the mark except for the last paragraph. I'm an optimist, seems like everybody's broke, but they all have laptops and the streets are still full of cars riding around during the day even when gas is 4 bucks a gallon plus I see people buying 30 bucks worth of lottery tickets at a time, how can all this be happening ???? Read anything about the Great Depression, people didn't even have food or shoes ! Everybody's bummed because they can't sustain a 400,000 house 2 suv's and a boat but it doesn't seem like anybody's losing any weight unless they go to the gym ! Tough times are ahead and you have to keep on re-inventing to survive. There are plenty of people who will take advantage of the situation and get rich right under your nose, I am not giving up and trying to position myself to be one of those people........... may never happen....... but I'm not lacking ambition or giving up................... All in All the article was / is a Very Good read............... Thanks for posting.
 

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Too bad that Nancy Pelosi doesn't read and understand that letter. What a difference that would make...

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never happen because she keeps making every no good welfare recipient loser who rapes the system, voting for her do to free f-ing handouts......... the end of the welfare line is getting longer...:|err
 

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Very well composed, excellent piece of work...
 

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Should be given to everyone who enters the EDD. (Calif Unemployment Office)
 

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Too bad that Nancy Pelosi doesn't read and understand that letter. What a difference that would make...

Steve

I'm sure that she has read it. In her mind, she thinks that the stimulis bill is achieving a means to help business recover. They can spin anything to support their warped view of economic recovery. Such as sodding the capitol or contraceptive awareness to third world countries. Now that the far left are in power, we are forced to wait out their inevitable failures and vote them out next go around.

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I'm sure that she has read it. In her mind, she thinks that the stimulis bill is achieving a means to help business recover. They can spin anything to support their warped view of economic recovery. Such as sodding the capitol or contraceptive awareness to third world countries. Now that the far left are in power, we are forced to wait out their inevitable failures and vote them out next go around.

Geoff
I just wish ONE of them would read a US history book.
 

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The problem is that they keep re-electing these morons!!! When will we learn??? This "stimulus" bill doesn't create any jobs just some work that will be over really quick. No real jobs that will continue employing people.

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I find it incredibly stupid that we as a people elect representatives that often times have absolutely no formal training or education regarding economics or micro economics and/or
US and World History. Instead we elect them based on how well they can read off of
a teleprompter, who they're related to or how popular they are with our socialist press.
Of course, most vote for the person who promises the most to special interests.

How can we expect a special interest chump, or an uneducated person or a good public
speaker to make decisions about the future of our country? They make economic decisions without the benefit of economic knowledge, they make national security
decisions after being briefed by people that often times don't have a clue either.
etc etc etc. I don't claim to know the answers either but at least I admit it.
They put their best foot foward even though their shoes are on backwards. Then
they act surprised when they fall down.
 
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