reply to post by Wertdagf
Most of the business owners I personally know are extremely hard working people. In fact, I don't know any of the kind you describe although I am
sure they exist. They work nights, weekends, holidays, invest their life savings, and hold the risk.
I feel it is wrong to demonize the business owner as stereotyping them all as evil greedy back breakers. I also feel it is wrong for business to treat
their employees as non human drones.
is a post I felt was very touching and so true. To take care of your
employees is to take care of your fellow Americans and your country. I would refuse a job that purposefully scheduled me 39 hours a week just so they
would prevent paying benefits. That's such a horrible thing to do.
I remember back when I worked at the airlines, right after 911, about 10,000 of us were laid off from flight attendants, pilots, gate agents,
clerical, and baggage handlers were laid off... but the CEO received a $10 million bonus. It was pretty sad.
On the other hand, I feel small businesses function drastically different. It really can be more like a family. For instance, we have my husband's
employees over for weekend barbecues, they invite us to their birthdays, they visited my husband when he was in the hospital for a heart attack, we
have our kids play together, we all greet each other with hugs instead of handshakes, etc.
I truly feel that happy workers lead to happy business. Obviously the goal of going into business for yourself is self sufficiency and success but
that doesn't mean you shouldn't care for others.
I'm a bit tired of the blind arguing in 100% defense of either. In the end, we do pay more taxes than what we actually pay ourselves when you
consider sales tax, payroll tax, income tax, and all the other taxes.
Never really understood the argument 'well if you don't make over 250,000 then don't worry about it because it doesn't apply to you' mentality
like an above poster mentioned. Most small business owners know you can be making a $50,000 salary and still be paying more than that in taxes. That
truly is not right.