"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 thru our parking lot and
found 8 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."
I almost had an aneurysm last night trying to listen to some guy talk so illogically it made my brain hurt. Usually I can laugh it off,
And 140 employees and eight Obama stickers?
"to compensate [for the destroyed nature of the economy] I'm going to double down at present staffing levels and give all of you a set of new directives. We're going to create new revenue streams by offering more fully integrated services to clients, adding value and ensuring loyalty. We're exploring partnership opportunities and stepping up our customer support and service standards. We're right for these times, and if we live by our values, we'll see success and be part of the solution set that turns this economy around.
"Or, I could fart around in the parking lot checking people's bumper stickers. Because that's much easier than actually doing a better job."
Which has nothing to do with the Republican government that we've had for the last eight years??!! He's not even president yet and they're trying to blame things on Obama.
Actually, this could describe any red state. I live in Texas. Most people would never put an Obama sticker on their cars... not because of workplace discrimination, but because there are so many right wingers around, their circle of friends would undoubtedly include some and you just get tired of talking politics based on illogical propositions.
I used to be able to laugh it off, when I thought no one took people like that seriously. Then one day I heard people I had viewed as rational spewing the same lines and thinking to myself wtf??
In the weeks following the presidential election, my e-mail inbox has turned toxic with virulently nasty e-mails about our new president-elect. The messages are harshly worded, patently untrue rants. I read and delete. The problem is, I work as a small-time entertainer, hosting events all over the country. My politics, which I keep to myself, are very liberal. I do not host political events of any kind because my business depends on as many bookings as I can manage, especially in these hard times. I don't want to shut off potential customers because of perceived leanings. Lots of customers and their friends have my e-mail, and because they have taken my political silence to mean I must support their extreme views, I'm getting these truly distasteful diatribes. What should I do? This is making me ill again about my country.
Don't feel ill about your country—your guy won! It may be distasteful and ridiculous that you're still getting invective-filled rants and lies about Barack Obama, but you can chuckle to yourself as you hit delete, because they lost and your guy won! Aside from the e-mails, you say that when you get together with these correspondents, you are providing entertainment for social occasions, so it should be easy to put their political views out of your mind. If politics does come up, make some noncommittal sounds and happily think to yourself: My guy won! And, surely, given the economic statistics, you will ultimately be doing more for the fortunes of President-elect Obama to be a quiet, employed supporter than a vocal, unemployed one.