Posted by: guinness222 | January 13, 2009

“A Letter from the Boss.”

   A huge “Thank You” from my friend “Colonel Bob”. I steal this from you with the utmost respect. As the former “Boss” and owner of businesses I 110% attest and agree these are the REAL true facts of life for “The Boss”.

       I too remember asking my kids to live on cold cereal and Chef Boyardee for supper, keeping the thermostat at 55 degrees during the dead of winter in Maine in the house. Going “to work at the office” and putting on mittens to keep my fingers warm. Yet my five days in Hawaii, my three year old Jaguar sedan, and my wife’s new Dodge Caravan were all my employees ever saw. But I can proudly say I was there, I’ve done that, I’d do it again, and I most assuredly have several Tee shirts to prove it, (because that’s all I could really afford to wear, shopping for clothes was a luxury!)

        I hope you enjoy and KUDO’s in the highest order to the author who wrote this, you have my sincere and heartfelt thanks. To those of you thinking about starting a business this is as good as it gets fgor the first five or so years,…you got the guts, go for it and stop whining about it!!
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 home at last years Christmas party. You have seen a nice boat.  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.  Further – my marrage
to the  business somewhat cost me the divorce to my first wife – I was
considered a Work-coholic.  Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked
40 hours a week and made a modest $30K 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 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’ll fire you. I’ll 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


Responses

  1. Sorry and impressed with your meager beings and how you grew over the years. Personally I would have found a Kennedy woman and married her – for love of course – and chilled out.

    I do understand your frustration and anger over the government. I really dread the Obama years and hope he falls on his ass. But there are too many people waiting with their hands out for that to happen. Unless there is a complete tragedy in the country, he will be re-elected.

    Can you get a Guiness on a foreign beach?


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