View Full Version : letter from the boss-must read!

03-27-2009, 09:53 AM
i received this in an e-mail...pretty spot on. the marginas were all screwed up so i tried to fix them as best i could.

A letter from the Boss:
To All My Valued Employees,There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is 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, someday, I too, will be
able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had. So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don't. There is no "off" button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There
is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden -- the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations... you never realize the Back Story and the sacrifices I've made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right = decisions and saved his money, have to bailout all the people who didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for. Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds.Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:
I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don't pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use Taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment
taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that Goes WIith it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my "stimulus" check was? Zero. nada. Zilch. The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.

The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy. Here is what many of you don't understand ... to stimulate the
economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep. So where am I going with all this? It's quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I'll fire you and your coworkers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child's future. Frankly, it isn't my problem any more.Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the
productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs has been all but destroyed, and with it, the same will be for 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, steam rolled 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....

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher

Constitutionally Speaking
03-27-2009, 01:52 PM
I have repeatedly said that this is EXACTLY what I will do if Obama's plans go through and my taxes are raised.

I refuse to sacrifice as much as I have without the level of reward that I have worked my life to obtain. My story is similar to this - except I literally slept in my car for a while to keep the repo man at bay while I scrounged up enough money to meet the payment. I humbled myself and moved back in with my parents after my first attempt at owning my own business failed. I then took a job that I HATED and worked for years to save up enough money to once again risk everything - all the while living in a hovel and driving a vehicle that had over 200,000 miles on it (and sounded like the rods were going to go at any second). I lived on Ramen noodles and potatoes and other basic subsistence foods while I poured literally 18 hours of EVERY day into my new business - no days off - no vacations - no nights out.

Now that I am financially able to afford nice things and not live like a pauper, this asshole wants to punish me for providing jobs to nearly 20 people - jobs that pay far above the average rate.

I refuse. The more I succeed the more they take. Well, I'm done. I will no longer work so that some asshole on DU or other anti-American site can sit on his ass (yes you Underground Panther) and complain that he should not have to work at all.

Screw them. These jerks need to realize that the reason we worked so hard for so long (20 years worth till I made it) was that we saw the benefits if we persevered. That benefit is being erased and now as a result so will those jobs and any other jobs that my business would have otherwise created in expansion. I know for a fact that I am not alone in this feeling. Many small businessmen simply will close up shop and retire. Why should we bust our asses - it just ain't worth it.

Obama's stimulus plan is nothing but a disincentive to hard working small business owners - and we are the ones that create most of the jobs.

He can take his change and shove it.

Constitutionally Speaking
03-27-2009, 06:38 PM
It is amazing how these guys expect 5% of the people to carry the load for 50% who pay nothing.

THEN they demonize us because we don't smile as they take more than 50% of what we worked our asses off for.

03-27-2009, 06:51 PM
Good luck CS.

Constitutionally Speaking
03-27-2009, 10:01 PM
I'm fine. I have made enough money to live off quite comfortably. I just see no reason to continue working so hard when the government takes so much of it.

I just know that what this administration is doing will keep others from having their chance at economic freedom and that infuriates me.

This country is better than that. We need a wake up call.

03-28-2009, 12:42 AM
So you're going Galt , huh?

Vaya con Dios.


Constitutionally Speaking
03-31-2009, 10:28 AM
So you're going Galt , huh?

Vaya con Dios.



03-31-2009, 01:47 PM
So you're going Galt , huh?
Vaya con Dios.

The difference between the private sector entrepreneurs and the military is that, while this government holds us both in contempt, they will continue to pay for us because they will need us to maintain order after they have driven the economy into the ground, at least until Obama's Freikorps is up and running.