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    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. Of course, as your employer, I am forbidden to tell you whom to vote for -- it is against the law to discriminate based on political affiliation, Race, creed, religion, etc.

    Please vote who you think will serve your Interests the best. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest. 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 12 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living space 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 me like a 1 day old baby.

    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 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 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 mud 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.

    While tax cuts to 95% of America sounds great on paper, don't forget the backstory: If there is no job, there is no income to tax. A tax cut on zero dollars is zero. So, when you make decision to vote, ask yourself, who understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn't? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of saving your job. While the media wants to tell you "It's the economy Stupid" I'm telling you it isn't.

    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 in South Caribbean sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

    Signed, Your boss,

    Michael A. Crowley


    Apparently it isn't actually a real letter from a CEO to his employees, but a good read nonetheless.

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    What a load of horseshit AND it's not even real?
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Obama it is.

    How's your job not in jeopardy when it is?

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    @swordpath thanks for posting.

    There is one hell of a difference between a corporate Titan and a small business owner.

    Those on the left need to learn to make that distinction.

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    The letter makes perfect sense, although I think he comes across as a bit too stressed. It's very likely that he could obtain similar results by dropping 30% of his own workload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    @swordpath thanks for posting.

    There is one hell of a difference between a corporate Titan and a small business owner.

    Those on the left need to learn to make that distinction.
    So do those on the Right. There's also a huge difference between Bill Gates and Lloyd Blankfein.

    This guy sounds like he's trying to hold his employees hostage in an attempt to get them to vote for Romney. I don't buy it. If his taxes went up, he wouldn't close his business down. He's just complaining. And his rant about welfare mothers is absurd. The bailout money didn't go to them, it went to large corporations, the same corporations that lobby for the complex tax code and convoluted regulation that he hates. His anger is misplaced, probably from watching too much Fox News.

    It's incredibly frustrating to me how some people get so angry at those with the least amount of power in our society (poor single mothers, people on welfare, etc) and blame them for all of society's ills. That anger should be directed at the people with the power to affect change, and I'm not talking about just elected officials. It should be directed at the corporations that employ lobbyists, contribute to political campaigns, and are protected by the government because they are deemed to be "too big to fail". Getting angry at welfare mothers accomplishes nothing (outside of emotional masturbation) because welfare mothers have no power.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    So do many of those on the Right.
    FTFY.

    Yea, but that's a distinction that is more likely to be over looked by those on the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    What a load of horseshit AND it's not even real?
    The letter was decent until it became a rant -- i.e., up through the description of what he did to get the business up and running, and so any success he currently had was due to a lot of earlier sacrifice, and the realities of keeping a business afloat 24/7 rather than being able to go home at night. I think those points are important for frame for employees what sacrifices have been made to provide them with stable jobs.

    After that, though... well some people (even imaginary ones) just don't know when to shut up.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    There is one hell of a difference between a corporate Titan and a small business owner.
    I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    The letter was decent until it became a rant -- i.e., the description of what he did to get the business up and running, and so any success he currently had was due to a lot of earlier sacrifice, and the realities of keeping a business afloat 24/7 rather than being able to go home at night. I think those points were important to bring out.

    After that, though... well some people (even imaginary ones) just don't know when to shut up.
    The reason he's so angry is that his story is always overlooked by the MSM for some pull at your heartstrings piece about poverty.

    It sucks feeling like your life experience has no traction with public opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    FTFY.

    Yea, but that's a distinction that is more likely to be over looked by those on the left.
    I don't know if that's true or not, but this isn't a competition.

    I'm so sick of the Left/Right labels. These days they're basically pejoratives (thanks to Rush Limbaugh coining the term "leftists"). I'm not even sure what the term "Left" means anymore. Many people that someone like Rush Limbaugh would label as a "Leftist" are probably actually right of center once you zoom out of the ridiculous narrative that's played out in the 24/7 cable news and talk radio radio sphere.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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