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    The Letter From The Boss

    I received this email today from my Father who is a business owner. It's a forwarded email that's circulating around and I think is very interesting and true. A little bit of a long read, but worth it in my humble opinion so I decided to share it with O/R...

    Subject: The Letter from the Boss

    Now here's an essay/letter that drives a spike right into the heart of our
    economic situation - too bad it'll never reach the brains of the heart of
    the problem - the politicians. However, it is something that should be
    read and understood by all - maybe it'll prove useful the next time there is an

    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
    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 decades 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 23 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

    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.
    Calm Like A Bomb...

    A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
    -Winston Churchill

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    I understand this, yet it is so hard for Politicians to understand. As President Reagan said. "Gov't isn't the solution, Gov't is the problem"
    'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
    delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
    promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
    holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
    possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'

    A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. Sigmund Freud

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    I would add this :

    Your union was founded on the principle of fairness, and I agree with those founding principles. A safe workplace is essential for morale and productivity. What has your union accomplished for you directly, without sending it by way of the government?

    Think about who do your union leaders tell you to vote for? Remember that you employ your union leaders, I do not. It is your right to examine their priorities and loyalty. Ask who gets the union leader's support first: the workers and membership, or certain politicians?
    Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.-- Anonymous

    Old People, like me, may not be around to witness the destruction of our Nation. The rest of you may not survive the collapse. We all have the sworn duty to prevent it.

    The light of hope burns brighter than the fires of doom.

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    Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
    Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!

    As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked, Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!



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