Thursday, January 29, 2009

Small Business be Damned

So how do the following benefit small business: extending the statute of limitations on harassment and other workplace incidents and increasing taxes on business?

On the first, this opens up the possibility of individuals hitting hard times and doing something litigious that they otherwise wouldn't have pursued. So Mary Jo was harassed. I feel for her. The person that did the harassing should pay. But now, she loses her job. And she has no prospects. So lets sue the former business for money. If they were to blame, she would have sued initially. But now, after all that time has passed, the evidence shows she was harassed. That doesn't automatically make the business guilty but do they have the records to show their innocence's? It's less likely as time passes that they are going to maintain those records.

On the second, many have heard the stats - only 2-3% of businesses will be effected. That doesn't sound as promising when you consider that only 5% of businesses succeed. So, we are looking at 40-60% of businesses will be effected by these taxes. And, while so many people think that their boss or CEO can afford more in taxes, consider this. For every dollar the government takes, that is one less dollar they may spend on employees or business. So what will CEO's do? Common sense says that you avoid being penalized. So you avoid expanding your business. It has no benefit for the owner/CEO/president. It only benefits those that receive the increased tax.

So what if they reduced the taxes. I know, as a business owner, that would allow me to charge less, hire more and spend more. Isn;t that what our country needs?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Here we go...

I am a huge Stillers fan. Have been all my life. On the waiting list for season tickets and everything. This game makes me nervous. I don't think I've ever seen a Stillers team this strong with such down to earth players. No prima donnas, no thugs (other than Santonio and he's just kidding - he'll never do it again, swear). Just down to earth fellas with great basics. And plenty of heart. But being a favorite is troublesome. And Whisenhunt is a heck of a coach. He's the only coach that I would not want to be facing in this game.

It would also be helpful if they had a player to hate. With so many Burgh connections, its difficult to maintain a hatrid. And Warner is a saint. I'm sure you've all recieved this email:

In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy, was busily working when a newvoice came over the loud speaker asking for a carry out at register 4.Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, anddecided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand adistant smile caught his eye, the new check-out girl was beautiful. Shewas an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he fell in love.Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clockto find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled softly athim, took her card and punched out, then left. He looked at her card,BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road. Nextday, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered her aride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted. When he droppedher off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work. Shesimply said it wasn't possible. He pressed and she explained she hadtwo children and she couldn't afford a baby-sitter, so he offered to payfor the baby-sitter. Reluctantly she accepted his offer for a date forthe following Saturday. That Saturday night he arrived at her door onlyto have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitterhad called and canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, "Well, let's takethe kids with us."She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, butagain not taking no for an answer, he pressed. Finally Brenda, broughthim inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter who was justas cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, then Brenda brought out her son, in awheelchair. He was born a paraplegic with Down Syndrome. Kurtis askedBrenda, "I still don't understand why the kids can't come with us?"Brenda was amazed. Most men would run away from a woman with two kids,especially if one had disabilities - just like her first husband andfather of her children had done. Kurtis was not ordinary - - - he had adifferent mindset. That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded upthe kids, went to dinner and themovies. When her son needed anything Kurtis would take care of him.When heneeded to use the restroom, he picked him up out of his wheelchair, tookhim and brought him back. The kids loved Kurtis. At the end of theevening, Brenda knew this was the man she was going to marry and spendthe rest of her life with. A year later, they were married and Kurtisadopted both of her children. Since then they have added two more kids.So what happened to Kurtis the stock boy and Brenda the check-out girl?Well, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in Arizona, where he is currentlyemployed as the quarterback of the NationalFootball League ArizonaCardinals and has his Cardinals in the hunt for a possible appearance inthe Big Game. Is this a surprise ending or could you have guessedthat he was not an ordinary person. It should be noted that he alsoquarterbacked the Rams. He has also been the NLF'sMost Valuable Player twice and the SB's Most Valuable Player.
I want to hate them but they haven't been good enough for long enough to have a rivalry and they have guys like this fricking guy. I wish they had someone that stabbed people or a recovering porn and glue addict that slipped into the occasional fist fight with the equipment guy. Then we could build up that necessary hatrid sports loyalty requires. Instead I'm left with a quite disdain for a team that reminds me of the last Pittsburgh Big Game Champ.
Go Stillers - beat them Cardinals - but not too badly... Crap!

First of many (or few)

I chose the black background for the bleak times. I am not a writer. I am a weak communicator at best. This is not a preemptive apology; it is a fact. Nothing is written to offend and it is meant only to be therapeutic. I am a new small business owner with a young family. I am a coach and athlete. I am many things and believe I represent the typical American. I don't feel a strict loyalty to either party or to either platform. I believe that we should be able to do what we like ( as long as it doesn't infringe on others rights) and the government should mostly keep out of our lives. I believe that hard work gets you where you need to be. I believe the government has rarely made anything easier or better. I believe that people working hard and helping others is more than enough to let our country thrive. I believe a strong United States is nothing to apologize about. I don't want my government to pay my rent, my healthcare or my bills. I want my government to protect from threats both foreign and domestic. I want it to listen to the populace and heed their recommendations.

This blog will be aimed at anything I feel needs my commentary. I will try to concentrate on politics, sports and work but make no promises that what I write about any random idea that strikes me.