posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 06:39 PM
I am truly sorry it was possible to read into my OP the idea that my employees were parasites, or that I in any way insinuated they were not capable
of doing good work and making a living.. They worked hard, and most excelled at their positions. My purpose was to show what I was as a business
owner would no longer be contributing to a government that wanted me to be a slave. That this was what the government gets back in lieu of its anti
business policies. 187 lost jobs that statistically convert to the statements I made.
Not sure what serving your country has to do with this thread, albeit I do think it is each man’s duty to serve in some capacity. My father,
brother and son as well as I have and in the case of my son are fulfilling our self required, obligation to our country. Other than that my only
obligation to the rest of society and government is very aptly put by Ayn Rand: to deal with others, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters
and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit.
Neither forcing my burdens upon another nor allow others to force their burden upon
I agree that a man cannot serve two masters, but I take it a step further, Man should serve no master but himself.
Over the 30 yrs of doing business, I have paid a good wage. In fact the wage was so good that 187 people chose to work for me.
Over 30 yrs of business many employees have retired with very comfortable pensions. Many have made goodly sums of money due to their investing in the
company and sharing in its risk as well as the profits.
Over 30 yrs my business never once failed to pay its bills, its taxes, or its payroll. The business fees, license, and taxes both federal and state,
that my business paid, along with both the personal taxes I and my employees paid, more that paid for our use of the infrastructure in place for just
such use. (which if not provided by the state or fed, would probable have been provided by a private business that would have made money off it and
most likely done a better job, all for less.)
Over 30 yrs. of owning a business I have at one time or another lived over the shop and ate ramen noodle soup for supper just to make payroll. I
borrowed money from my parents and siblings who at the time could barley afford it, to pay bills and quarterly taxes. I have seen my wife drive a 10
yr old car because we couldn’t afford a new and make payroll and pension contributions because of the bad decisions I made. I worked 17 hr days
making sure the company stayed in business for one more week.
Where were all you altruist then? Did one of you come to me and declare Phedreus you have really hit a bad strip how bout we help and hold off on
your taxes this month. When the company health insurance was going to be revoked for lack of payment, did any of you come to me and say, hey you have
given people all these jobs and benefits as well as good service to your fellow men, why don’t you let us loan you the money to make that payment
until you get back on your feet? none of you were to be found. I borrowed money from those who valued my business an my ability enough to take a risk
of loaning me money.
But god forbid that I was late on quarterly taxes, or had trouble finding the money to pay for the government mandated policies required to be
allowed to run a business.
I can no longer in good conscious contribute to the current socialist oriented agenda that has taken over this land. To do so is counter to what I
believe in. So I have decided that I will no longer actively support with my work, deed, or actions, a society that would seize from me without regard
to my own well being, that which I have worked for my entire life. I wish nothing from you but that which under the law I am due. I will not allow
the moochers and buzzards of this government to keep feeding off the carcass of the business I worked my life to build and that through their
machinations’, no longer serves to benefit me.
I am proud that I made my fortune through my own ability. I am proud that others found my ability and workmanship to be worth more than that of
others. I am proud that free men found me and my company honorable enough to work for and to deal with.
I did all this for one reason, for myself. edited for grammer.
[edit on 7/19/2010 by Phedreus]
[edit on 7/19/2010 by Phedreus]