Friday, 3 August 2012

The Chick-Fil-A Story

A couple of days ago....out in Tucson, with the Chick-Fil-A business running full-steam across the nation....some dimwit who was the chief finance officer of a medical manufacturing company (I won’t even bother mentioning his name or the company’s name)....came up to do some insult-the-Chick-Fil-A business video. He basically drove up and spent around two minutes insulting the young lady at the window....then loaded the clip on You-Tube.

It’s an interesting thing....he then discovers that the vast majority of people really came up angry with his tactics and behavior....real angry.

Well....a couple of days pass, and the CEO of this company has some problems. I’m guessing clients have called and they have freaked out that the chief finance officer of this company is some nut-job who goes around insulting young ladies. 

So yesterday, you can imagine this meeting. The CEO is a bit tense. He starts off with the weather in Tucson....which is always hot in August. Then he kinda mentions this whole insult-the-Chief-Fil-A gal video. The finance officer kinda hints that he didn’t mean to insult the lady, but the company. Then the CEO says that you kinda need to demonstrate common sense as a major executive of his company. If you got no common sense, you got no reason to work for them. So to make things short.....you are relieved as of this afternoon....just clear your desk and see the security guy on the way out.

I’m guessing the finance officer walked out to his car....rambling on with his cellphone and discussing the unfairness of this firing with some friend. He probably went out and had a dozen drinks that night and cursed his stupidity over this random act.

The news guys claim that this finance guy has been a lecturer with the University of Arizona....probably a junior-junior-junior professor situation that he pocketed $500 a month for four appearances. He might be able to persuade his friends over at the university to open up some more opportunities and help him out for a year while he gets his life back in order.

The problem here....is you got fired from a pretty upscale job. Word gets out. Folks question your common sense level. The odds of another similar job or position in three years? Zero. You might get a general budget position for $40k a year, but nothing more than that. My guess is that someone within the University of Arizona might reach but it’ll beg questions.

What I might suggest....out of good Christian compassion....is for Chick-Fil-A to come forward and offer up some type of budget job for the guy....maybe not a Chief Finance Officer job, but something of a decent nature.....to show their kindness of heart and ability to overlook a man’s moment of weakness. It’d show the world that Chick-Fil-A is a pretty good company to work for.

Why would I suggest such a thing? Well....I remember reading some book once....where you might ought to have forgiveness in you....that goes beyond a mortal human being’s expectations. Don’t ask about page, chapter, or “verse”....I just never remember stuff like that

Where There's Fire.....Or Lack of Fire

It’s an odd statistic that you’d rarely ever come across....but today, they put it into the paper. Back around 1980.....there were around 2.3 million fires across America with only 200k fire-fighters. Almost every five years, we decreased the number of fires by ten percent.

Today, we have barely 1.4 million fires across America in an average year. Strangely enough....we’ve upped the number of firefighters to almost 340k (not double but going that direction with the trend).

Now, a guy would sit and ponder over this statistical situation....decreasing fires....ought to indicate a lesser need for fireman....especially over the last five years. But we have yet to stand up in various towns and communities, and start cutting firemen.

Most towns of 100k residents now have at least three fire stations in town now. You can figure at least two full-shifts revolving around each station, and various guys pulling over-time on occasion. But no one much wants to stand up in a city council meeting and suggest going to just two fire stations.

There’s other statistical thing that ought to bother you.....why fewer fires are occurring? Maybe fewer folks smoking in bed? Maybe fewer kids playing with matches? Maybe fewer leaf fires in October? Maybe fewer guys burning the trash can in their backyard? You just don’t know.

The one thing that I have come to notice now in my local community....is that every time in Arlington that you call for an ambulance....there’s a fire-truck and crew.....that come out to accompany the ambulance. Even if it’s some old gal who slipped and fell in Piggly Wiggly.....there’s the fire-crew there.

So naturally....on the books, it’s another great appearance of the fire and rescue crew, but truthfully....they just weren’t there fighting any fire. The guys aren’t stupid about this....if you didn’t keep them occupied and seen in public....the lack of fires would come up in the local community and some idiot would demand another station close in Arlington. Luckily, you can invent various other features of the fire guys....and keeping paying them. Hopefully, no one figures out this “keep-them-busy” scheme.

The Way that Romney Would Pay No Taxes

When Senator Reid suggests that Candidate Romney has paid no taxes for ten years....you might want to settle back and think about this.

You have a bunch of Senators and Congressmen, who write tax code.  They've been doing it since the 1920s.  To be honest, they don't know nothing much about tax code, but they get campaign contributions and directions to add three lines into the tax code....so they do it....year after year.

So you have a guy who might have $50 million in income a year, and a dimwit might settle back and think that $25 million of that would come to IRS as a tax payment.  Well....it doesn't work that way.

First, you make donations to your church.  In this case.....Mitt donates ten percent of his income over the church, so he's only carrying $46 million in income to start with (remember, I'm only guessing what he earns per year).

Then Mitt has a dozen charity operations and foundations that he donates to....count out another $15 million going to those operations, so he's got $31 million.

Then Mitt goes to his IRA, 401K donations.  Figure 15 percent.....so we are down to $28 million.

He probably puts money into his wife's IRA/401k and that's another 15 percent.  So we get down to $25 million.

Now, he starts to funnel donations to university operations, scholarships, and various angles where it counts off your income.  Eventually, he gets down to $15 million.

Then Mitt does his green energy business with his house, runs up costs on his fake farm, and utilizes forty different tax code exemptions that are perfectly legal because Congress wrote the tax code.

In the end.....Mitt has a true income of $35k and like most other Americans who make that income....he pays no tax.

It's simple, if you have a full-time accountant doing the math, and you figure that the charity and educational folks can make better use of your money....than the US government.

So Senator Harry Reid might be right, but the thing is.....nothing is wrong in paying zero taxes out of fifty million dollars, if you obey the tax code.  Shocking, I know....that a guy with $50 million in income....pays no taxes, and it's all legal.  But, this is America.....where dimwits write tax code.  If you don't like it....go to France.

Just Observations

A bunch of German scientists got around to drilling in the South Pole.  So, what they end up finding at some point....are the remains of palm trees.  What they believe....is that there was a tropical paradise there around fifty-two million years ago.  There are several issues to this idea...namely how warm was the Earth at that point, and what triggered it to change.  For an environmentalist, it drags out a question in what is the "norm", if palm trees did exist at the South Pole?  Some folks would say not to worry about this....it's way beyond the acceptable pattern.  A historian would say that history tends to repeat itself.....sooner or later.  So maybe global warming is ok (maybe).

The Oprah Channel signed up La Toya Jackson for a reality show in 2013.  Just a prediction, but I'm guessing that it doesn't survive more than seven shows before cancellation.  Back in the 1980s....there might have been interest in one of the Jacksons in some reality series, but today?

Local cops up in Vermont went out and upset one of the locals with an arrest.  The local guy....a farmer....returned with his tractor and basically crushed every car in the police inventory.  In fact, they are fairly sure that the radar guns inside are busted.....the rifles are broke and unusable....and the radios will never work again.  $300k worth of damage.  The amusing part to this story....after he'd done the damage with his tractor.....he just drove away, because they had nothing to chase him with.

Finally, some political folks from both parties are now concerned about the number of people who are trailing, stalking and video-taping political figures now on a minute-by-minute basis.  The heat is on.....with people worried that various little issues might be caught on camera, or people might be fearful to meet any political figure in public because of cameras capturing the moment.  We've moved to a point where reality TV.....scares politicians.  Stopping this?  I'm not sure you can.