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Amazing letter sent to me by a friend.

Amazing letter sent to me by a friend.

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,
some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries
my friends supposedly had.
So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9
A.M., mentally check in at about noon, and then
leave at 5 P.M., 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
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
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

This letter was published by the http://thegartmanletter.com

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I sent it on to a bunch of

I sent it on to a bunch of coworker's and friends. You wouldn't believe the discussions that it has raised. Actually, you probably would. It got them thinking, and thats good.

Heres a response

Response #1 to forwarded letter:
His is the kind of attitude that will most assuredly plunge this country (and the rest of the planet) into a deep depression. To get out of the mess we're in Americans need "good" jobs. Get America back to work!!!!!

Response #2 to #1 above:
Yes, but if the government continues to unduly tax the productive for the benefit of non-productive, the productive can opportunity elsewhere, as we have seen in the past in California, and continue to see today with businesses moving to Hong Kong, Dubai, and elsewhere. As with this gentleman, they can get out. When they are gone, how will this imperial government continue to finance its excess?
-Name removed

Response #3 to #2 above:
Through force, the only way they can. You see, even governments have the survival instinct because those in power do not want to lose it. When their life blood (tax revenue) is threatened, reduced, or eliminated, they will use any tool at their disposal to renew that source. Using force, if necessary. It has happened many, many times in the past. If that happens in the US, we will have become a socialist military dictatorship...

Say it can't happen here? Look at what's going on right now. The economy is collapsing, the government is losing tax revenue, some states are already on the verge of bankruptcy (California, New York), and the Federal government has already said "we will pump (print and create) as much money as necessary to rescue the economy." When this doesn't work, they will begin confiscation. For those of you that say "that's impossible, they won't do that", look again they ALREADY did it. During the last depression, in 1933-34, FDR issued the gold-confiscation act and ordered EVERYONE to turn in their gold or face prison... The precedent has been set, and it could happen again.

"I'm safe, I don't own any gold". If that's what you think, then try this on for size. They no longer have to physically take anything of value, you see when they need more money, they simply print it and spend it. This reduces the value of the dollars that are already in circulation. The dollars that you are saving are still there, they just don't buy as much... IE, they confiscated the VALUE of your dollars as you were saving them...

It looks like two of these 3 responders are thinking...

Response to #3 above

Which is exactly why I am now considering buying gold coins for the first time in my life. This is the only smart thing we can do at this point.

Buy them and store them in a safe location other than a bank in a safe deposit box, which the government WILL seize if this is announced.

It is very apparent that they plan on driving our paper money even deeper into the hole than it already is.

If they try this maneuver and make gold ownership illegal..then we simply quietly break the law. A black market economy will arise just as it has in other oppressive governments.

Every citizen of a country has to take responsibility and look to their own conscience. When the government passes laws that that they deem truly immoral they must make a choice.

this is good

although it was posted by someone else 2 weeks ago

ohhh oops:)

Sorry about that..



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