What is it we are fighting for again? Support small business!

7 Dec

This explains today’s situation in easy-to-understand terms.  Too bad the “youth” occupying Wall Street lack the intelligence to understand this simple, logical truth.  Our system works for anyone willing to work. It works better when we get the government off our backs!

Reference: 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 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, someday, 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 bailout 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 with 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 and your coworkers. 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


7 Responses to “What is it we are fighting for again? Support small business!”

  1. idnami December 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    I really think the idea that the Occupy movement is opposed to work is a misunderstanding. Many of us, myself included, work hard.
    I posted this letter because the Free Press mandate is I publish what people send me unless it contains racism or hate messages.
    Something most people in the movement agree on is that we should be more mindful of where we spend our money and what we are supporting. If someone who only employs 14 people is getting taxed half to death while major corporations get away with paying minimal taxes, something isn’t right in my opinion.

    • mixed messages December 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      Here is the thing of the Occupy movement I really cannot understand.

      The movement chose the arena of PUBLIC FORUM to bring this issue to the forefront. The media. So one would think that the first strategy would be to ensure the movement secures its trust and image at all costs. Then all kinds of things happen to toally damage the image of the movement. Poor performance to be sure.

      Because here is the really confusing part.

      The basic message should be as follows :


      I would think that 99% of the population can understand this, and probably agrees.

      Why must we spend our time talking about tents, poop, stolen electricity, guys in chicken suits, fake emails, melted tents, midnight raids, charter rights, the word “retarded” et al.

      With the general population of Calgary and the media willing to use the gun, Why does Occupy Calgary keep giving them the bullets ???


      • idnami December 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

        That is an excellent and concise message. I love it. If I can fit it into the tagline at the top of the screen, its going there. Thank you.

        I for one am totally sick of being distracted by the camp and yes I fully admit I have gotten sucked into that distraction in several of my posts. Tomorrow the camp comes down and we can all get down to business.

        As far as the people handing over the bullets, well, I don’t have the power to stop them and neither does anyone else. However with no more camp to fire at maybe we can get the gun pointed where it belongs.

  2. square December 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    No. The gist of the story is – if you want something, work your butt off, don’t just demand that someone else pay your way.

  3. confused December 8, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    Did the views of occupy calgary change?

    • Jeryd December 8, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      I think idnami is just, reposting a letter opposed to more taxation. I think… I would agree in part. More equitable taxation is not a lasting solution and will come as a part of austerity, to the global economy so no vacation will really help.
      Some people do make an obscene amount of money and it is totally undeserved. We should tax Warren Buffet more, we should tax the shit out of Billionaire families that maintain dynastic control over industry and I would say that we should also raise corporate taxes. We should not however overtax small business owners, because the above is true.
      I think it is wrong how so many people lived off of credit now want to be bailed out. Though when it becomes a part of our culture is it something we can blame individuals for? I would say not, especially when our society encourage the following of norms. The economic pitfalls of a bubble based economy are not the fault of those inflating or riding the bubbles but of those who create and encourage the bubbles through investment. As a participant of Occupy Calgary it is those people who I am at odds with not the government or the metaphorical 1% who are driven by this fundamentally flawed financial sector.

      • square December 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

        No. The gist of the story is – if you want something, work your butt off, don’t just demand that someone else pay your way.


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