Saturday, November 22, 2008

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.