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Since before Barack Obama’s election, there’s been an urban legend “letter from the boss” that goes something like this (there are always multiple versions of such things):
As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama will be our next President, and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.
To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients will have to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8% but since we cannot increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who will have to go.
So, this is what I did. I strolled through our parking lot and found 6 Obama bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. These folks wanted change; I gave it to them.
If you have a better idea, let me know.
While this note is meant as a half-joke, I’m coming to believe we should look at the non-joke side of it. Particularly when combined with the common wisdom that “a recession is when a neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose your job", I am led by logic to make the following suggestion:
If you are an employer who will be forced to fire employees (or not hire) because of the damage done to your business either by the weak economy (made much weaker by the Democrats’ policies) or by Democrat-passed legislation, such as if health care “reform” or cap-and-trade were to pass, fire Obama supporters first.
Of course, you can’t actually say that’s your reason. But if Obama supporters work in the same way they think about politics, namely that the rest of the organization/society owes them something, they’re probably your least productive workers anyway and their firing would make sense in any case.
If you don’t hire someone, make sure they know that it’s the fault of Democrats that you are unable to afford to give that applicant a job.
Last month’s 10.2% unemployment rate is not despite the stimulus and other wrong-headed liberal economic policies; it is because of them. And therefore, as we continue to be given doses of the same poison, we will continue to suffer the same symptoms. I predict that unemployment will not improve in any substantial way (i.e. go below 9%) before the next elections – the single biggest thing the Republicans should campaign on.
Some will say that I am reveling in the despair of American citizens, wishing for failure, and they may ask how that’s different from the Democrat’s wishing for failure in Iraq as they did before The One became President. The difference is that, in my view, the long term success – even survivability – of this nation is dependent on people learning that socialism is death. And it may be that, as Ayn Rand posited in Atlas Shrugged, that Americans will keep drifting toward being a society of economic looters and moochers until capitalists, indeed capitalism itself, go on strike.
The average American voter supported “hope and change” in the absence of even a shred of principle. It’s understandable that Barack Obama won. That’s not my point. The Republicans had been simply terrible and Obama is a young, good-looking, charismatic black guy running for office during a time when the public has come to think that nothing really matters except iPhones, organic food, and American Idol. Indeed, Barack Obama is the American Idol president, judged by young idiots with nothing better to do – but who will soon come to realize that they have voted for their own economic destruction.
But it’s not just “hope and change". They voted for a guy who was an overt socialist (remember “spread the wealth around“?) and whose circle of friends and influences going all the way back to his youth was full of Marxist haters of America and politicians or “organizers” with an unlimited thirst for power, Chicago style. Obama was not a mystery, but those voters, especially the young, simply refused to see it, seeing instead a haloed blank slate in which they could reflect their own hopes and dreams.
Unfortunately for America, our government schools don’t teach people what American hopes and dreams should be, or rather what they should not be. They should not be the hopes to increase your standard of living by having government give you the money of someone else who earned it. They should not be the dreams to have bureaucrats intruding into people’s private lives to make decisions for citizens too lazy to learn enough to make a wise decision for themselves. American hopes and dreams must not be about dominating other Americans through the power of government.
Given that we have been given an Administration which wants to do just that, our options prior to the next election are limited. Although Jefferson’s admonition that “the tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants” has a certain appeal, this is not a time for violence. It is a time, however, for every forceful action short of violence to remind this nation of the inevitable result of their support of tyranny.
As long as the owners and managers of companies have the authority to run their own businesses (and who knows how long they’ll even still have that?), to the extent that government is doing you harm I urge those owners and managers to distribute the harm as much as possible to those who have caused it with their handout-grubbing, anti-American, anti-liberty votes for Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress.
And don’t let the few “Blue Dog” Democrats who voted “no” on the health care bill fool you. Until the Democrats lose their majority in at least one house of Congress, particularly while we have this Manchurian Candidate of a president, nobody’s liberty is safe. Therefore, I encourage employers to be particularly aggressive firing (and not hiring) Democrats in those districts where a Democrat is serving in Congress representing an area that voted for Bush, McCain, or both – and making sure that former or would-be employees are told in no uncertain terms that the economic climate which is causing their unemployment is due to Democratic policies.
As Charlie Cook reported in September,
Most House Democrats live in blue America and show little awareness that their party has a problem. However, the Democrats’ majority is built on a layer of 54 seats that the party picked up in 2006 and 2008 that are largely in purple – or even red – America. Democrats ought to keep in mind that 84 of their current House members represent districts won by President Bush in 2004 or John McCain in 2008.
A whopping 48 of those Democrats – eight more than the size of their party’s majority – are from districts that voted for both Bush and McCain. That America is very different from the Democratic base in blue America, and it sees many major issues very differently.
These are the politicians we need to unseat, the politicians whose vulnerability gives America the best chance to stop its descent into the economic hell which Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their union masters are dragging us toward despite public opposition to their agenda.
And the best way to unseat an incumbent politician is for their constituents to be unemployed. (Note: This strategy clearly does not work in Detroit…)
So, as the urban legend suggests, they wanted “change” and I encourage employers to give it to them. The more Democrats who suffer from the policies of those they elected, the more likely America can return to a path of respect for the benefits for all which economic liberty brings. The sooner that voters recognize that they are not owed anything, the sooner they start becoming more self-reliant not just in terms of earning a living but in terms of being informed, the sooner we have a chance to start undoing the tremendous damage of the past year (including damage begun by George W. Bush.)
So, here’s my new bumper sticker slogan: “Save our country: Fire a Democrat!”