Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
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 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 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 ..
Signed, Your boss
Thursday, February 19, 2009
BORROWERS get bailed out. Run your bank into the ground and the taxpayer will lend it money. Buy a house you cannot afford and the central bank will cut interest rates to ease your burden.So when you consider where we stand, the way our "system works" (no it doesn't)... you earn money, and pay income tax on it. Then, if you "save" the money you are left with, you pay tax on it AGAIN. Even though you've already paid the taxes on the money you've earned, once you try to "save" it and earn interest, you have to pay again. Of course, once you try to spend the money you've "saved", you can look forward to paying sales tax with what you've saved. And if you just didn't earn any money and didn't save a dime, you'll get extended unemployment benefits, handouts to pay your mortgage and then some. I'll be honest, part of me is kind of bummed that I've opted to live within my means for so long... I knew I should have bought my 40 acres and worried about how to pay for it later. :(
Meanwhile those who have lived within their means and put money aside for the proverbial rainy day, have seen interest rates slashed to 2% in the euro zone, 1% in Britain and virtually nothing in America. No one offers to help them out, even though saving is needed to allow business investment which, in turn, generates growth.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I am OUTRAGED. The sign says to "Beware of Dog". Dogs make great, loyal pets. The monkey, to the best of my knowledge, is in no way related to the Dog and so on bahalf of all dogs, I here-by file my official protest of the NY Post for publishing this garbage.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mayor seeks Obama's help to keep fort openOne thing that stands out in my mind is that, as I noted, the Oceanport administration seems to be working VERY hard to keep jobs and rateable and they even had scheduled some honest discussion of if shared county 911 services would benefit the township (money vs response times). I don't know where that discussion has lead, if anywhere, but at least these guys are making some efforts and trying to save the taxpayers some money.
By Carol Gorga Williams • COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU • February 13, 2009
OCEANPORT — Borough officials are trying a new avenue to spare Fort Monmouth from closure and save its jobs: Mayor Michael J. Mahon has written to President Barack Obama and asked him to take a second look at the issue.
Borough Councilman Joseph Irace said the decision to seek the intervention from the new administration came after borough residents said they heard rumors Fort Monmouth was targeted by the Bush administration because New Jersey was considered a Democratic stronghold.
"They had heard rumblings beforehand," said Irace of residents with connections to the fort. "The rumblings were always it was closed because it was the Republican administration closing it in a Democratic state," said Irace, a Republican. Now, "we've heard rumors (the new administration) might reopen BRAC," he said of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission process.
"Maybe there is another way around it," said Irace, citing information developed by the Asbury Park Press that indicates the potential savings that could come to the army from closing Fort Monmouth are grossly overstated.
Acknowledging the action could be considered a "Hail Mary pass," officials say they will try every possible way to get officials to reconsider, especially when the evidence gathered in support of the fort occurred in a much different economic climate.
"This situation seems to be a no-brainer," said Mahon. "There is an opportunity to preserve — at least for a certain period of time — the 5,500 jobs within the fences of Fort Monmouth and the 15,000 to 20,000 jobs connected to Fort Monmouth. If there is an opportunity to do that, I just wanted to point that out to the president," said Mahon, noting he hasn't gotten any sense the new administration would reopen the BRAC process. "This is probably less expensive than any other alternatives they are considering."
For the host communities of Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls, economic turmoil has been a fact of life since the decision — much of which local officials believe was based on flawed information — was announced that the fort would close in 2011.
"Despite evidence disputing the "savings' to be achieved by the closure, the prospect of reversing the BRAC decision has received little attention," wrote Mahon to Obama. "We need your help."
Although money already has been spent to prepare the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for taking on the fort's mission, it is not too late for officials to put an end to a bad decision, Mahon said.
"Simply put, closing Fort Monmouth in this economy is ill-advised," wrote the mayor, a Republican. "The current economic turmoil combined with the base closure, will be disastrous for its host communities."
If the closure cannot be reversed, it should be delayed for three to five years or the fort's assets and property should be conveyed to the communities at a discount, as an economic stimulus plan for the region, Mahon suggested.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
From: James Hogan
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 3:58 PM
To: Baynes, Mark
Subject: boo for you.
The best athlete, EVER, and you dropped his sponsorship over non-sense that our current president, and the two past presidents, also admitted.
I'll be making a conscience effort to avoid Kellogg products. Hopefully your company will be next in line begging for a bailout when American's stop buying your garbage.
Long Branch, NJ
Friendly, right? Here is the curious response:
From: Consumer Affairs Consumer.Affairs2@kellogg.com
Sent: Feb 6
To: James Hogan
Thank you for contacting us regarding Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps and our decision not to extend his contract.
We regret that the intent of our message was not clear. The contract was set to expire the end of February and with Michael's obligations to us met, our decision not to extend the contract was for business reasons and in no way diminishes Michael’s status as an athlete. We believe Michael has set a tremendous example through his work ethic and his accomplishments and are proud to have been associated with him.
The timing of this unfortunate incident and the end of the contract is purely coincidental. Again, thank you for the opportunity to share the facts of this situation.
Director, Consumer Affairs
FYI - seems the stupid sheriff in SC is getting his charges together, looking to make a name for himself off of Phelps. 8 people arrested so far. Sad.
Monday, February 9, 2009
If you're an IS/IT type like me, or a sales dude (insert evil stare), you might be entertained by http://www.TheWebsiteIsDown.com in the meantime.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Kellogs has dropped their sponsorship of 14 time Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps for smoking pot. I'll be making a conscience effort to not purchase Kellog's crap products.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
In just barely two weeks in office, Obama has brought to light not one, not two, but THREE corrupt tax cheats! Take that Chris Christie! Three more Obama friends who are tax cheats:
Got spare Change Mr Obama? No more politics as usual?
The good news is that voters certainly won't elect these tax cheats to any public office in the future, right? Ohh they will? Or they don't get a say? See this "letter to the editor" below - came to me via an email - no idea if this was actually published and/or how much is fact:
Went out today to the Montgomery Newspaper chain and the
BucksCo/MontCo Intelligencer. Too long for the Inquirer...
To the Editor:
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to those of you
who voted for Barrack Obama last November.
Many of you voted for him because you thought he would end
the war. But a few days ago, his Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates informed us we'd be involved in Iraq for "many
years to come", and that troop levels in Afghanistan will
soon double. We were promised change, yet the
Bush-appointed Mr. Gates still commands. We were promised
peace, but all we're getting is more war.
But don't feel so bad – at least your vote was counted.
Mine, on the other hand, was not. In one of the most
historic presidential elections in American history, I was
disenfranchised. How so? Not wanting to waste my vote on
either of the two war candidates, I wrote in Congressman Ron
Paul of Texas. Appallingly, I found out yesterday that the
Pennsylvania Department of State received official notice of
NO write-in votes recorded in Montgomery County, none at
all, even though the newspapers reported that over a
thousand of them were cast. Someone stole my vote for Dr.
Sadly, America's woes go far beyond mere vote fraud or a
two-faced president, because all of the presidential
contenders (except Dr. Paul) routinely violated their solemn
oaths of office. Witness how they voted to spend our tax
dollars on bailouts, unemployment benefits, education, AIDS
research, mass transit, food stamps, "protecting" marriage,
medical insurance, mandatory retirement plans, and much
more. Unfortunately for the rule of law, none of these
initiatives are authorized by the U.S. Constitution. It
should come as no surprise that on Inauguration Day Mr.
Obama flubbed his oath of office to uphold the Constitution;
apparently he never meant a word of it.
Does your being blatantly duped by Mr. Obama make you
angry? Does the thought of a thousand Americans being
deprived of their vote for president make you furious? Do
politicians flaunting the Constitution make you livid?
Apparently not, given your silent acquiescence. But don't
you see that silence is consent? And by allowing our
elected officials to ignore the Constitution in one area,
you've opened the door to any and all who would ignore it in
It's already become a downward spiral that accelerates with
each passing year. One by one our precious rights are being
eroded away, whether it's the habeas corpus right to a fair
and open trial, safeguards against unreasonable searches,
being secure in our homes against unjust eminent domain,
defending the right to bear arms, medical privacy, sound
money, freedom of speech, or any of the innumerable
constitutionally-protected rights that are now under heavy
siege, if not already lost. And the only reason those
rights are slipping away is because you, my fellow voters,
are silently letting it happen.
Granted, it's not entirely your fault. Our state-run
schools haven't taught us or our children the meaning of the
U.S. or Pennsylvania Constitutions for the last half
century. Have you ever read either of those
critically-important documents cover to cover? Likely not.
Instead you've left the law in the hands of lawyers, of all
people! And look at the tangled, unintelligible mess
they've made of it.
Fortunately, there is still time to reverse our nation's
perilous decline. The solution begins with you reading your
Constitutions – yes, you – then holding to the fire the
feet of any duplicitous politician or larcenous lawyer who
dares to ignore a single word of them.
The only alternative is to hold on tight and wait for the
crash – and I fear more each day that the wait may not be
a long one.
Ken V. Krawchuk
Libertarian for Pennsylvania Governor (1998, 2002)
Past Chair, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (2002-04)
c/o PO Box 260
Cheltenham, Penna. USPO 19012
(215) 881-9696 (voice)
(215) Krawchuk (fax)
On this Feb 3, 2009, we should all take a moment to celebrate the 96th Anniversary of federal income taxes which became the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution on this day in 1913.
Just think... at some point back in 1908ish or so, and for the few years through 1913, some politicians were running for office to represent We The People and must have been saying "I'll approve federal income taxes to take your money!" and people (I guess) voted for this. Interesting really, I guess these were the same people who also voted to have their tax money taken to fund the DMV so that the DMV could take more of their money for "registration" of their private property, so that the local police could then take more of their money to staff their highway patrol units so that even more of their tax money could be taken in courts... wowzers, what were people in the early 1900 thinking???
Ohhh well - I gave away my 30% or so of my work to the government last year. If I'm lucky enough to stay employed for another whole year (and my New Year's Resolution was indeed to set a new employment length record for myself and stay with this job for at least one more full year), and Obama has his way, I might be lucky enough to give away 40% of my work via income taxes, exciting!
There is some good news here of course - many people will GET FREE MONEY BACK FROM THE IRS THIS YEAR! Or so they'll believe - they'll get back some small portion of their own money, minus interest, and then pay taxes on that too next year. Sad. The other good news of course is that there is at least one man, Dr. Ron Paul, in DC who is trying to represent We The People and put an end to federal income taxes.
And this of course leads to me to my final note on the subject - you don't seem to have to actually pay your income taxes if you were elected to office, just ask Mr. Tom Daschle who "forgot" to pay $150K in taxes or so. (More News on Tom Daschle) I think you or I would be in some dark basement answering questions for such a high crime, ripping off the US Government. Again, just think, this is THE GUY who WROTE the tax laws for you and I, and HE can't figure them out! Somehow, you and I are supposed to make heads and tails of the non-sense that is the law and pay the right amount. Perhaps the Redemption Movement guys are on to something after all?