I am changing the names to protect the insolent. In my Inbox today, from a manufacturing HR manager at a regional company whose brand name you would instantly recognize and whose products you have used:
“As you probably know, _______is in the processing of consolidating our operations here in _________. This means we will have a phased release of all employees through ________ 2013.”
Yes, readers, you are reading that correctly. ”Consolidating” means we are shutting down. It goes on to say:
Our next group of hourly production associates is scheduled to be released on _______________, with another group of hourly production associates scheduled for release ______________. (Fill in the blanks with dates within 3 months.)
I have watched the American manufacturing companies throw up their hands, quit, shut down, and move off, for 25 years. I guess everybody is supposed to pick one of the following options:
A_____ Draw welfare (Oops, can’t say that. Somehow, that’s racist.) (The current administration’s second most preferred option.)
B_____ Work for the government (The current administration’s preferred solution.)
C_____ Disappear. (The current administration’s preferred solution if you don’t pick option A or option B.)
To my very few Democrat readers who either stumble across the blog, or who know me and continue to follow out of sheer amazement: I am writing here from experience. Experience. I have represented these folks for a long, long time. I am one of them. Government at all levels has assaulted them. Did you think they would hang around and take it forever?
Oh, wait! The president loves small business, and is a huge small business supporter. They could all somehow start small businesses! But, then they would have to start attempting to keep up with every tiny expense. They would have to write down every time they drove to the post office. Not the miles: the starting mileage, the ending mileage. They would have to pay twice what others pay in social security and medicare taxes. They would have to…. screw it, if you have never run a small business, you don’t get it anyway.