The Importance Of The Next Election

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I received a recent e-mail alerting me to the importance of the next 2012 Presidential election in light of the fact the current Supreme Court justices are of advanced age (Justice Scalia just turned 78; Justice Kennedy will turn 78 later this year; Justice Breyer was 76 in August; Justice Ginsburg turned 81 about a week ago) and that the next President is likely to appoint a unprecedented number of new justices. 

Concern is growing over the country leaning far toward liberalism at a time when the nation is financially bankrupt, where justices are not going to perform their Constitutional-mandated tasks to interpret but rather to re-interpret this freedom document in a society that has morphed into a social welfare agency.  While the Constitution has wording that protects property from government confiscation without compensation, government can tax and simply transfer wealth to others.

After receiving this e-mail, I penned the following response:

Likely, everyone you sent your recent email to regarding upcoming appointments to the Supreme Court is already voting REPUBLICAN.

The problem is in reaching out to the disenfranchised who don't feel they have any stake in the country. 

In this election, the swing vote is SINGLE WAL-MART MOMS who hold 44% of the undecided votes in this election and who make voting-booth decisions based upon what will be best for their kids.

For them, the answer to that is anything that is a government give-away (on borrowed money, no less).

Unless we all find a way to talk to the downtrodden, who are envious of those who have money and jobs, our voices of reason and freedom will be drowned out by the cry of the masses to be rescued by government (meaning higher taxes for you and me).  

Forget classifying the population by age (boomers, millennials).  The wealth transfer generation takes charge.  (By the way, wealth transfer is in not only from your bank account to others but from Japan to the USA.  Since the federal government spends more than it collects in taxes, the saved US dollars in Japan, made from selling cars and cameras to America, are loaned back to the USA + interest.  Of course, at some point the Japanese are going to catch on that America is never going to be able to pay them back, and then the real s__t hits the fan.) 

Got any ideas how to reach these people?  Remember now, we're talking people who "invest in" lottery tickets, not the stock market; people who often don't even have a bank account and just pay bills with money orders; who are oblivious to high gas prices since they ride the government subsidized bus; who have little incentive to get off of food stamps and can't imagine what they would do without them (praise those who have the dignity to not stoop to applying for food stamps); people who get Medicaid cards for their kids so they can go to the doctor's office like other folks do; who believe the government should just print more money so everybody would have their "fair share;" who haven't an entrepreneurial bone in their body and can't see past their nose ring and tattoos beyond a career job at Starbuck's (a latte master!), and believe that a menial job should provide them with enough money to buy a house and a car (thank you politicians for promising that as "the American dream," even if unearned).  

I had one of these people working for me for a while.  She was pre-screened by an employment service for a bookkeeper position, and the agency said she knew how to use Quickbooks.  

After she began her work I learned she had gone out and birthed four kids and sent the father packing out of state so she could collect rent subsidy checks, Medicaid cards, and food stamps (worth in my guesstimation about $50k a year), and then she made a few bucks doing bookkeeping.  

She spent extra money going dancing (even out-of-state trips to dance contests) as well as an ocean cruise every year, but didn't have money to replace the bald tires on her car.  I could only think she was going to kill her kids from a tire blow-out, had her work a few extra hours and had my company buy a set of tires for her (God knows, if I gave her the money for the tires if she would have bought them).  

I often advised her to acquire new skills and get off welfare.  Her parents, who were church-going, were appalled their own daughter would become dependent on government dole outs like she did.  

When she tried to rent a house and the landlord refused her, she was thinking of suing.  I advised her to get a credit card for emergencies, like sudden auto repairs or doctor bills.  I had her apply for a card.  She was given a $10,000 credit limit.  As soon as the card arrived she maxed out the card, thinking it was a "pay raise" (her own words).  

Eventually, one day she called to say her old car broke down and she couldn't get to work.  It was the gear box.  That meant expensive repairs.  On the telephone I advised her to rent a car -- the company would reimburse her -- so she could get to work and do the needed bookkeeping.  She couldn't rent a car because her credit card was maxed.  

Believe it or not, I had her sister drive her to a car lot and my company bought her a recent vintage car that day! (I knew the salesperson at the dealership and she helped her select a car in an affordable price range.)  But when she arrived at the car lot she wanted to select a car of her own choosing!  Well, that idea was summarily dismissed.  

The next day she drove the car to my office and did the bookkeeping and I told her we would discuss the details about the car another day.  So a couple days later I called her on the telephone and said the car wouldn't be free.  The car payments were about $350/month and I would take that out of her check.  I asked her if she could afford that.  She said no.  So I asked if she could even afford auto insurance.  She said no.  So I made her a deal.  She would resign from her job and the car was hers plus three-months severance pay.  She wanted the car.   

I had been waiting for some time to can her because she misled the employment agency and didn't know how to use Quickbooks (no time, with all those dance contests) and my expensive tax accountant was charging me to do all that duplicitous work.  

Now if I canned her outright because she couldn't get to work, and she was left without a car to take the kids to school and shop for food, I'm sure I would have been hearing contrived complaints from the labor board and from a lawyer about who knows what.  

Parting company with my bookkeeper cost my company over $25,000.  Between the car and the severance pay, she made more than what she would have earned in a year and a half.  I was being overly generous, thinking of her family with no car, her kids not being able to get to school.  I was standing in her shoes for a moment and thinking how she would view the situation.  Her thinking was the company had money and why wouldn't it just give her a car.

As an aside, I have a friend who raised himself up from an impossibly impoverished childhood to be wealthy financially.  He hired a needy family member, a single mom, to do some office work for him.  She came to him and said he had all the money he wanted, why didn't he just give her money instead of making her work for it.  Dignity and a work ethic seem to have vanished in this generation that has been raised to be dependent upon hand-outs.

All in all, my generosity didn't clear up any hard feelings from my bookkeeper.  Her last monthly bookkeeping report sent to my accountant somehow got lost in the mail (the first time ever).  It was her way of getting back at me for, well, a generous layoff!  (You can't say you fired anybody these days.)  The new bookkeeper had to piece-meal numbers together for a late submission.  -- Bill Sardi


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