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Letter from the Boss

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by BILL GRILL, Mar 11, 2009.

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    BILL GRILL Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    I recieved this in an email, I do not know who wrote it but it is right on the money. Bill

    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
    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
    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....

    Your boss
  2. blizzard

    blizzard Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Doesn't get any more clear than that.
  3. BAD 303

    BAD 303 Active Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    The sad part about that letter is Hussein would have to have it interpreted to him. This country is headed down the shitter because this is the change the libs (non-productive) wanted.
  4. Rollin Oswald

    Rollin Oswald Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Brillion, WI
    The boss needs to learn about paragraphs.

  5. letts

    letts TS Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Part of your job as a small or large business owner is mandated. You are a tax collector as far as the goverment is concerned thats your 1st and most importain duty. I bet they don't teach that in business school. 10% penalty + interest if you are late and if you decide to go bankrupt, You will still owe the taxes after its over.

  6. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    This likely fake "letter" always rubs me the wrong way. Since we're recycling it again, I'll re-post my reply to Mr. Schultz who posting it previously, claiming to be the actual boss' friend. PS: My $100 offer still stands. -Gary

    Mr. Schultz:

    I have a lot more respect for you than I do for your friend. As someone who's also struggled with the challenges of running a small business, and has libertarian and tax-minimization leanings, I was on completely board with his letter for a while.

    But when he started railing against his own employees, saying that they "mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm," and threatening them because of things over which they have scant little conrol, I started getting a clearer picture of who he really is. Who hired these lazy employees who don't mentally check-in until noon? Who supervises them and allows this to go on? Aren't those problems your friend's fault? And why is he posing for holy pictures for building up a company to 14 employees in 28 years? Big deal -- my dentist has 20 employees. Having a business with 14 employees is not a bad accomplishment, but I think his head sounds a lot bigger than his brain.

    Is your angry friend an educated man? From the way he speaks to his employees (the people who helped him do the work and pay for his current lifestyle) it doesn't sound like it. Did he really distribute that letter to his emlpoyees, or it it just the phony rant of a frustrated blowhard? When you start a business you know you'll need to manage it through Democrat and Rupublican eras, good times and bad, and all the political corruption and economic woes which have gone on since the beginning of capitalism. Has your friend ever read a history book?

    Yes, most of us who earn decent money know that the government is screwing us and redistributing what should be our income. But the kind of hateful, self-serving rhetoric in your angry friend's letter just pits workers and government against us with anger-in-kind. Where are the constructive suggestions to his employees explaining what they might do to help make things better? Why is he so angry and hateful toward them?

    So again, Mr. Schultz, I respect you and appreciate your positive comments. But your friend is a jerk. I also suspect that he is a liar. I have a hunch that he's run his own business into the ground and is now looking for a scapegoat. At the very least, he's a liar about renouncing his citizenship and leaving the country.

    If I'm wrong, when he does it, identify him and his company specifically, post his letter to the government renouncing his citizenship, and I will personally chip-in the first $100 toward flying his @ss permanently out of my beloved country.

    In the mean time, let's all thank God we don't work for a pompous, big-mouthed, paternalistic jerk like your friend.


    BIGDON Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Gary; Maybe it isn't actual but that dosen't mean that it isn't the feelings of many business owners and is the truth to many. Personally as a small employer and business owner I couldn't agree more. Based on conversation I have had with business owners it is more real than false, and I talk to many on a daily basis.

    Please tell me how many employees and how long have you owned your own business??

    Your $100 offer is just overwhelming. Why don't you use it for your own stimulus. I would give a little more along with others if maybe you and your president would leave, sound like a deal??

    Your beloved country, than I am also assuming you have spent time defending it.

  8. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008

    I’m trying to decide which is funnier – that you’re OK that some dummy likely concocted this fake letter, or that you think Obama is my President. In any case, you didn’t read very carefully. I have no problem with the anti-liberal, pro-small business viewpoint – that’s MY viewpoint. As stated, I have Libertarian leanings -- that does not mean liberal (in many ways, it’s quite the opposite). I simply did not like how the “boss” attacked the supposed employees without any stated reason, and vowed to fire them based on something over which they have zero control (“any new taxes”). Does that really sound reasonable to you, Don? It doesn’t to me.

    I say hire the best people you can, manage and pay them fairly, and fire the slackers and trouble-makers. But you shouldn’t blame your own employees, whom you personally chose to hire and retain, just because your government betrayed you or because you failed as a businessman. If bosses and employees would respect each other a little more and realize that they need to count on each other, in good economies and bad, things would be much better for everyone and for our country.

    Anyway, Don, keep your $100 and I’ll keep mine. I won’t be leaving the USA any time soon, and if you knew anything about me I doubt you’d want me to.


    BIGDON Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Well Gary if your employees as did mine voted for Obama then they are to blame. What the letter says is that business people are tired of carrying the load and rather than carry anymore close the doors.

  10. BAD 303

    BAD 303 Active Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    What the letter makes very clear to me is that if the non-proctive folks want someone to care for thier sorry asses let the government. And the problem with that is they are doing it as we speak. Wealth redistribution. It is bullshit anyway you slice it. This is not the America i grew up knowing.
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