A letter from the boss

January 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm 21 comments

I got this email today from a friend and thought it was worth passing along . . .

boss_hogg

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 Cadillac 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 Cadillac, 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 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,

Your boss

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gilmour Poincaree  |  January 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I smell a skunk with a penchant for fiction writing …

  • 2. HappyCampers  |  January 9, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    A-freaking-men!!!! LOVED this post and am going to share it on our blog too with a link to your site!

  • 3. Garrett  |  January 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I love how conservatives think that business owners hire people out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t, for the record. As an owner myself, we don’t hire people unless they are making more money for the company than we are paying them. So, the logic that if taxes go up, then we will just start firing people off to make up the difference is just plain idiotic. We may, indeed, cut back on expenses such as raises, bonuses, travel, or other expenses. But we don’t hire and fire based off of how much money we are currently making. We hire to make more money and fire when the employee is taking more than they are giving. And even further, any change in income taxes is reflected on their own checks and not in our payroll, so the change to the corporation itself, is nothing.

    Furthermore, its even better that conservatives think that everyone who is rich got that way from outworking all their peers. As if life where a video game where everyone starts at zero and works their way to being the winner. If only that were true. Unfortunately, most conservatives (the overwhelming base) is middle to lower class Americans that have never even heard the phrase “blue blood” to know that the majority of the upper class was born into it.

    Let me fill you guys in, there are two types of upper class people. One type understands that the best way to help America is to help the least amongst us (that is also in the bible, you know). The other just wants to generate propaganda so that they can keep more money for themsleves.

    Cheers,
    -Garrett

  • 4. diamondtiger  |  January 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “But we don’t hire and fire based off of how much money we are currently making.”

    Garrett – you are off in the ozone….way off.

    Taxes are part of the overhead; labor is the first to get cut.

    All those “people” in the government that want to help the least among us are putting on a show for the American public – they don’t believe it anymore than you do.

    Nice try…try again.

  • 5. BB Stacker  |  January 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    The story rings true. Regardless of it’s authenticity, the facts remain. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. You want some gut-punching theft of your wealth: Global Poverty Act; Millennium Development Goals; reinstatement of internation abortion funding. For the whiner who says the employer doesn’t pay income tax with a change in income is a lemming: payroll taxes are levied against the corporation and THEN you as the employee…you see, the nice, benevolent government you so fondly support taxes us TWICE on the same damn dollar! The dollar that the company made, then the same dollar that is then paid to you in wages. You get taxed on it for you income, then if you choose to invest it, and it earns some meager interest you pay tax on the earnings! You already paid taxes, and you had the stones to invest for you future and the damn gov’t thinks they have a right to the risk you took! If this doesn’t piss you off then you deserve what you are going to surely get–and have ensured that the rest of us will, too! You want to give me some money if I want to lay out of work for awhile? Nah, didn’t think so. Check your six.

  • 6. Gilmour Poincaree  |  January 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Well, BB Stacker, therte’s a big difference in between ‘sounding as if it were true’ and the real thing … although I’m sure you don’t really care about such small detail …

  • 7. jimdoe  |  February 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    For anyone who has never had this experience, go do it. Start your business up and get it going real good. Then 28 years later come back here and post your findings.

  • 8. Kris  |  February 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    This is good. I”m fed up!!!!

  • 9. Bruce  |  February 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I agree with diamondtiger that Garrett seems to lack some basic business knowledge for someone who owns a business. ‘Tis true that business owners do not fire people just because taxes went up, but ’tis also true that taxes are just part of the total balance sheet; when taxes go up, expenses go up. It doesn’t matter whether those expenses increase because of taxes or because of higher gas prices. The budget then has to be balanced with either increased revenue (e.g., price increases) or decreased costs (e.g, layoffs).

    There is a vast amount of economic research on this and I have linked a European article detailing how increased employment taxes are even worse for employment than general corporate tax rates (although they increase unemployment, too) because employment taxes (e.g., Social Security and Unemployment) directly make employees more expensive.

    Here’s a good example of how it works. Many liberals push for higher minimum wages, even “living wages.” But, every increase in minimum wage increases unemployment. If you go to Wal-Mart, Home Depot and the like, you can see cashiers being replaced by self-check out computers. As employees become more expensive, replacing them with computers becomes relatively cheaper. As minimum wage laws go up, outsourcing becomes a better option. It’s as simple as that and there’s no real economic debate about that.

    And that is why liberals have turned to the triple-threat of increasing taxes, increasing minimum wage and penalizing outsourcing/layoffs. The end goal is to make it so employers have no choice but to suck it up. But, as Europe shows, the results of those actions are permanently high unemployment, stagnant growth and a significantly lower standards of living. According to the CIA World Factbook, Americans are about 50% wealthier on average than Western Europeans.

    Europeans don’t really drive small cars because they’re so much more environmental than us; they drive small cars because they are so much poorer than us. They’ve been driving small cars since before the environmental movement, and wealthier Brits still drive Range Rovers while they praise Obama’s green initiatives.

    Garrett is correct that not every wealthy business owner began with a 300 sq ft apartment and long hours, but most did. Think of every millionaire you can. Yes, there are the Paris Hilton-types, but there is also Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, etc. Even our President, who is a millionarie, got there by putting in lots of hours getting through school while he could have been working and starting a family. The Clintons both started out at the bottom and worked up.

    While I don’t own a business, I postponed starting a family and put in lots of hours to earn a doctoral degree while I saw friends getting working-class jobs and starting families with the help of Medicaid–the Medicaid I was providing through the jobs I worked while working toward my degrees.

    http://www.tinbergen.nl/discussionpapers/07056.pdf

  • 10. Jeff  |  February 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Garrett, Are you truly a “business owner yourself” or just pretending for the sake of your argument? While not every business owner starts from the ground up many of us do. One of the reasons I haven’t hired more employees is that our Socialistic government doesnt see me as contributing to the economic success of America. They haven’t given me any breaks since I started on my own in 1993. No tax breaks. No incentives. No bail outs. Just taxes. To them, I am a greedy, Conservative,Capitalist with no heart. You should know these things if you truly are a business owner.

  • 11. Deputyheadmistress  |  February 24, 2009 at 5:29 am

    My husband doesn’t own a business, but he does manage several stores for one owner. So far he hasn’t had to let anybody go because of the economy, but there are positions he hasn’t refilled due to the economy.
    An employee left to join the military. The intention had been to replace that employee when he left by hiring somebody new. Instead, my husband, who works on salary instead of hourly, and the boss picked up the slack.
    Another employee left to start college, and again, the intention had been to replace her (they knew when they hired her it was for six months), and instead, they just did without that position being filled.
    A promotion and pay raise they privately planned to give another employee isn’t forthcoming, because they can’t afford it.
    And it’s true my husband and his boss do not hire people merely out of the goodness of their hearts- they hire people to help the business make money. But they do really like to combine that goal with the goal of extending a helping hand where possible. They’ve gone the extra mile on many occasions, hired people nobody else would to give them a chance, mentored them, stuck by them- more than once when it’s cost them money.
    The boss’ motto is ‘do what’s right, the rest will follow.’
    Most conservatives I know are like this, generous, personally interested in giving a helping hand to others.

    I think the difference between Garrett, if he really is an employer, and my husband and his boss (both of whom are conservative Republicans) is another illustration of Arthur C. Brooks’ findings as published in “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.”

  • 12. Jen  |  February 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Dear Boss,

    I read your very heart-felt letter and have been moved to respond. First, however, since you are so impressed with who you are, let me level the ground a little and suggest that since you have plenty of time to write such a gut level letter, next time have your underpaid secretary, the one you clearly neither respect nor place any value on, read and edit your diatribe before you publish it. Your writing skills stink.

    As for the so-called “heart” of your letter, I can only say that for so many years I have tragically misjudged you. I have worked at your side for years, carrying the weight of your work while you were away on your well earned vacations and justifying to my fellow workers your actions and needed time away, in spite of the fact that you forgot payroll before you left.

    But, I stuck it out. I believed in your vision. I believed in this company. I believed it would strengthened my life, that of my family’s life, as well as my community and country. While other companies failed, you guided this company to hard earned success.

    I can remember the day you purchased your first house, the one on Maple Street. I was as proud of that place as you were because it proved things were going right, life was good and held promise for all four of us who worked for you.

    But, with each new house, with each new car, with each new office, you became a little more distant. The company became successful. You clearly have realized your dream. But after reading your letter, I am glad your life is not mine as you are clearly an angry individual.

    Way back, when you were out there on the floor working with us you use to tell us your dreams. The family, the house, the cars, the vacations, they were everything you wanted and certainly, they are what you have. But what has it all cost you?

    Remember when my friend was overseas fighting in that war? Remember how you said you were indebted to him because what he was doing made it possible for you to realize your dreams? Remember how you felt when I told you he wasn’t coming home? Remember how you walked over to the window of your office, looked up at the flag and cried? Remember how you put the first funds down to help build that memorial in his memory and how it made you feel?

    Remember when you met that guy who was having a tough time and you brought him on just so he could get his feet back under himself financially? I had some questions about him, but you told me to give him a chance, you saw something in him you liked and wanted to give him an opportunity to prove himself. Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve actually been down here, but you were right about him. He’s now the floor boss and the best one we’ve ever had.

    Remember when your daughter was born? Remember when your son told you he was graduating magna cum laude? Remember how proud you were? Remember how proud we all were?

    But something happened along the way. Gradually we saw less of you. Your attitude changed. No one here was been anything but supportive of you when we learned you had moved to that new house or purchased your new car or went on your last long vacation. It wasn’t like we were running a flag up the pole in celebration, but no one here hated you for it.

    We are all aware that our success depends on your success. But, we are also aware that your success depends on our success. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you are facing some tough times, we all know it. But apparently you are unaware that we have been facing these tough times for some time now.

    You referred to that single mother, the one who is home, unemployed and pregnant with yet another child. I wonder if you know her “Back Story”. She worked for you for a number of years. Her husband was driving home from work late one night and fell asleep at the wheel. He never woke up. She was working for us then. But she didn’t have the education she needed to move up in this company, so she asked one of my kids to babysit for her so she could take night classes and better her chances for advancement.

    Apparently, in an effort to streamline this company, you cut her and several others, back to part time. She lost her medical insurance, but didn’t give up. She was walking home from the bus stop after class when she was attacked and raped. She couldn’t even afford to go to the hospital. She became very sick, missed too many days of work, and you fired her.

    Like so many others she was trying very hard to make it and care for her children. But, it takes community with heart to make lives work.

    Remember the night you crashed your car last year? Remember that kid who stopped and called for help, kept you breathing and your head steady so your spine wasn’t damaged while waiting for the ambulance to arrive? She had been one of your employees. You laid her off too. She was taking classes on the side and on her own time had become a member of our town’s volunteer fire department. You had laid her off three weeks before she saved your life.

    She is still on the fire department and still saving lives. She drives an old Ford car that keeps plugging away. She’s working at a little job that barely brings in enough to pay her rent, but she is not giving up.

    With all due respect, and re-reading your letter I am left wondering just how much respect that might be, I believe you have lost sight of what makes a community and country strong. It is not the fine houses, picture perfect families, or long vacations on the beach. It is not about whining over how much you have to pay in taxes. It is about rolling up your sleeves and pulling together. It is about caring for the kid who is trying to learn how to read. It is about celebrating the birthday of your aging father. It is about caring for the family next door. It is about community. Something, it seems by your letter, you have forgotten in your effort to reach your dreams.

    Don’t get me wrong, I understand that dreams are vital for each of us, but in reaching for those dreams, we lose everything if we lose perspective of ourselves and our community. In losing perspective we risk becoming self-focused and hard. And then we will become vulnerable to corruption and ruthlessness as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. That corruption will bring about our fall.

    This is a free country, it was based on freedom and that includes your option to fire each and every one of us, close the business, and move to some island somewhere and spend the rest of your life drinking it away on the beach. But when a rogue hurricane comes through and rips away everything you have horded and throws it into the ocean, you are going to join the crowd begging the United States to come and rescue you. And do you know what will happen? We will come and feed you, give you clothes; give you water, restore the infrastructure and make things as comfortable as possible for you.

    Maybe when the storm is over and you face the crumbled remains of your tragic life you will realize what this country and those who have chosen to be a proud part of it are all about. I’m sorry if you miss what lies ahead for us. Certainly we are not at the end; we are digging our way back. We are rediscovering our neighbors, our community, and what this nation is really all about.

    It will take time and yes – it no doubt will take some tax dollars. But then look at Wall Street, think about all those dishonest people who stole billions. If you have an issue with anyone, don’t come after the little guy – go after your own kind. They were willfully attempting to swindle. We’re just the common people, working hard, making your dreams and our dreams come true. We’re tough. We’re good hearted. And maybe, if we find you homeless and shirtless on some far off shore after you have lost everything, we will give you the shirt off our own back. We are Americans. That’s what we do. And we work for you… at least for now.

    Signed – One of the Employees

    PS – According to your letter you wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 on October 15th. If you don’t mind me saying so, at the time, there was a supposedly small-business-friendly President running the country and had been for some eight years. I believe that would mean your complaint would be with him and his administration, not the current administration.

  • 13. Leigh  |  February 27, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Brava, Jen.

    Thanks for posting the original letter and follow-ups, RWC.

  • 14. Lynne  |  February 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Amen, Amen, Amen! Look at what those STUPID LIBERALS have done to our country now! Where is the American Dream now? There is no such thing. I am so sick and tired of working my hiney off to support all those lazy, ignorant people who refuse to get off their sorry buts and go to work. If companies were not taxed so much they COULD hire more employees.

  • 15. Bob Smith  |  March 2, 2009 at 3:25 am

    This is a response that one of “The Boss’s” employees…

    Dear Boss,

    Your note proves what most of us have always said behind your back – you’re a greedy and self-centered bastard who is focused on things, not people, and you will doubtlessly die a lonely and bitter man. We will continue to pray for you around the coffee pot, even though you are now making us pay a quarter a cup.

    Here are few other things to consider before you throw your fit, close the company and move to Argentina:

    • We appreciate the vision, drive and creative spirit that created your company, and we feel fortunate to work here. There are actually even a few of us who look up to you as an example of a true leader.

    • We respectfully suggest that you should be thankful for the local, state and federal laws which give small businesses like ours (ooops, sorry – yours) tax breaks and growth incentives. They make everything from our paychecks, insurance premiums, rent, utilities, toilet paper – even your Mercedes – a tax deduction for you.

    • (Speaking of your Mercedes, how much of your personal lifestyle is actually paid for by the company? Country Club dues that are “business entertainment”? Your kids’ new laptops that are “business equipment”?)

    • When American businesses people – which you are privileged to be – employee fellow Americans, it helps America. Because we the people are taxpayers too, so we fund schools, police departments, the military, libraries, old folks’ care and other things.

    • A healthy infrastructure (bet you didn’t think that people who “don’t mentally check in before noon” would know such a big word!) promotes a healthier community, which makes more and more consumers. And although we’re not the Rockefeller you are, we believe that more consumers means more business for us – again, sorry, you.

    • We can understand you loathing those pesky and perpetually-breeding welfare mothers. (Who doesn’t?!) But contrary to Rush’s current ranting points, a slightly higher tax rate for you does not mean Socialism. Given the mess we’re in, it’s a good business investment. If everything falls apart, you’re not going to have anybody to sell to.

    All this to say thanks for the note. And if you really want to close up shop, one of us will undoubtedly start a similar business in its place. Know why? Because even with all of your bitching about what you’re afraid is going to be taken away from you, there is no better place on earth to live or work or build a life than the United States of America.

    Bob

  • 16. JC_Calhoun  |  March 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I can tell you that this letter is generating a lot of ‘buzz’ in my neck of the woods.

    The real point of the letter is that the ability; to create, to save and to be responsible have been penalized. The theme is counter-point to the Obama message which in essence rewards those who insisted on buying more than they could really afford.

    The message is ludicrous and could only be imagined in a liberal cuckoo land where class envy is exploited to justify it.

  • 17. Dave  |  April 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Atlas will shrug. This should have been signed John Galt.

    Although, as a small business owner myself, I can tell you that many of the burdens mentioned in this “letter” work both ways. Business owner get to deduct a lot expenses from their income (including paying our tax accountant). The real problem is not the taxes but the fact that it’s a game. Business owners must balance this tightrope, spending enough to not incur a huge personal or corporate tax burden while still maintaining a small degree of profitability. If the government really wanted to help, it would eliminate all deductions and go to a flat tax. Then we don’t need to hire the tax accountant, it’s simple, if you make a dollar, X% goes to the government no matter who you are, how much you make or whether you’re a business or not. Then of course, everyone at the bottom of the ladder would cry foul because they haven’t actually been paying taxes… but that’s a whole ‘nuther story.

  • 18. fedupjoe  |  April 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Compare the responses. Conservatives generally assume liberals make decisions based on bad or misguided information (the wrong assessment of the situation). Liberals, on the other hand, generally assume conservatives make decisions because they are evil. The conservative response may at times be unfair (even often) . The liberal response is not only unfair, but hate-filled as well. When you accuse someone of being greedy and selfish simply for being successful AND creating jobs you have crossed the line into jealousy-fueled hatred.

    Many of the responses here prove what many of us have known for some time now. Ironically, it’s the thing conservatives have been erroneously accused of and have patiently endured for decades. That is: Liberals, in general, are perhaps the most hate-filled people, delusional people on our planet.
    Liberal rule #1: Accuse your perceived opponent of the very thing you are as a diversion tactic.

    I keep hearing how liberals are big-hearted and compassionate yet I have met so few that have anything significantly tangible to show for it (though I do know a few). If you need some help, ask your conservative neighbor (if you have one).

    In the end, we will never make any significant change in our politics until we can get beyond this accusatory approach admittedly, even me.

    I can’t wait to read the venemous responses to this.

  • 19. Trish  |  April 29, 2009 at 1:52 am

    So far, as I see it, the obviously clear interpretation on all of the liberals commenting here, is a classic and severe case of wealth envy. All of you hate filled employees need to do every closely held business owner a favor and quit before they fire you. You need to find a job you are happy in or better yet start your own business. Employees like you fall in to the category of “defectors”. Defectors negatively impact the future growth and prosperity of a business even if you are completing the requirements of your positions daily. You are not a loyal employee and that is a negative impact to the business. The best example is the comments posted here from such employees. If this is what you are saying here about your employer, I can only imagine what you are saying face to face with family, friends and aquaintances. Bad news and negative comments travel faster through the community than good news and positive comments and can be detrimental to the business. Your “wealth envy” hatred will eventuallyreveal itself in some way to your boss and you WILL find yourself out of a job to no ones fault but your own . Do yourself a favor and go look for a job you are actually happy in. Better yet go get a job with your local government. You’d be the perfect employee! You can still hate your job but your negativity won’t change a thing.

  • 20. SPFLDnet  |  May 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    This is great stuff! I’m reviving this post by submitting it at Digg.com

  • 21. Raul  |  July 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This ain’t fictional, dammit!! I’t has already happened numerous times since obama took office (and majorities of democrats took control of the house!!) Unemployment is now the highest since Jimmy Carter (another democrat), and I can tell you from I stand in industry, no businesses want to hire expensive employees for the long term; they are all fearful and in a “wait and see” mode. They are holding back, and storing up their savings for a rainy day — and to pay this dude’s high(er) taxes.

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