Who Gets Laid Off?

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2008

A friend wrote:

Dear Fellow Business Executives:

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.

Some folks took this way to seriously, as a few emails have demonstrated. This is a “joke,” a political satire, a social commentary, a sarcastic “cartoon” in words. This did not really happen (for those who don’t read between the lines). It was meant to react to those who treated Obama like a Messiah-figure who will now have to pay for their choices in the real world–even as Obama begins seriously backpeddling from much of what he promised and can never deliver.

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Brother Ed November 25, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww……..it was only a JOKE???

C’mon!! That’s justice in action!! I mean, if you vote for someone who is going to screw up the very company you work for, making it necessary to lay people off, you should be the first to go.

I tell my grandchildren this simple fact all the time: actions have consequences.


What a concept!!

Actions have consequences. Seems like no one understands that idea anymore.

Well, anyway, Mr.Businessman, as another business owner, I vote for you laying them off. Collect the goods on ’em and run ’em outta town. Be sure to explain to them that OBAMA’S taxation has made their employment unfeasible at this time.

See how they feel about the Obamamessiah then!!!

George Burns December 1, 2008 at 9:06 PM

It was dumb. But I can imagine that there are some people stupid enough to consider it a good plan. Maybe is will result in lousy businessmen like this CFO being put out of business and replaced by someone with some sense.

The taxes have not yet been raised and it is not known when they will be, so there is not yet a reason to be raisng fees to compensate for an extra expense. Since there is no extra expense, there is no reason to be cutting employees.

I wonder how this person arrived at 8% as the needed increase in fees and how they rationalized the number of employees needed to offset the missing fees.

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